Irish Cross Country Teams Earn Preseason National Rankings

Irish Cross Country Teams Earn Preseason National Rankings

Irish Cross Country Teams Earn Preseason National Rankings
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Irish Cross Country Teams Earn Preseason National Rankings

Notre Dame garners top-five regional rankings.

Sept. 15, 2009 NOTRE DAME, Ind. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country CoachesAssociation (USTFCCCA) announced the Division I Cross Country rankingsTuesday, and both Irish teams found themselves in the national top 30. The Notre Dame men were ranked 27th in the national poll, while the womencame in at 29th.

The Oregon men were picked first, followed by Oklahoma State, Stanford,Wisconsin and NAU. Washington topped the women¹s poll, with Oregon, Florida State, WestVirginia and Villanova rounding out the top five. Both teams were ranked in the top five of the Great Lakes region with theIrish women earning the fourth spot and the men in fifth. The Wisconsin men and women each landed at No. 1 in the regional poll.

Onthe men¹s side, Butler was ranked second, followed by Michigan, Ohio Stateand Notre Dame.

For the women, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame andIndiana complete the top five.

The Notre Dame men are one of four BIG EAST teams to find a spot in thenational preseason poll. Georgetown leads the group in ninth, whileProvidence is 16th and Villanova ranked 30th. Syracuse and Louisville alsoreceived votes in the first poll.

The Irish women are one of six BIG EAST squads ranked in the first poll of2009. West Virginia opens the season at No. 4, followed by Villanova infifth, Georgetown in ninth, Providence in 13th and Syracuse 23rd.

The Irish are off to a great start in 2009, after winning the team crowns atthe Valparaiso Crusader Open on Sept. 4. Both Notre Dame squads are comingoff successful 2008 campaigns in which they earned at-large NCAAChampionship bids after finishing fourth at the Great Lakes regional. TheIrish men went on to finish 19th at the national meet, while the women were29th in their first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2005.

Notre Dame will be back on the cross country course Friday when they hostthe National Catholic Invitational.