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A&M women garner rare national ranking, tied for 28th

November 06, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NEW ORLEANS – Following an impressive outing during the SEC Championships last Friday, the Texas A&M women’s cross country team attained recognition in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches poll this week. The Aggies are tied for 28th in the top 30 poll.

In the two previous national rankings this season the A&M women were among teams receiving votes. A second place finish behind No. 3 Arkansas at the SEC Championships earned the Aggies their highest conference finish in the program’s history.

“This is a special group of young women,” Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry said. “The future is very bright for this group.”

The national ranking for the Aggie women is the first in 10 years, since the 2003 season when A&M ranked 28th in the preseason poll.  Three other SEC schools receiving votes this week include Florida, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

“The women have been gradually running better and better all season,” noted Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven. “We felt like we had the makings of a national-level team before the season began. It’s nice to see this group of young women start to receive some recognition for their performances.

“However, we understand that this is just the beginning. We still have plenty of work to do. The SEC meet was just the start of the championship season for us.”

Up next for Texas A&M is the South Central region meet held in Waco next Friday, Nov. 15, where the top two teams earn a berth into the NCAA Championship field.

The last time an A&M women’s team qualified for the NCAA Championships was in 2000 when the Aggies placed 18th in the national meet. Prior to the NCAA Championship meet that season A&M ranked 16th in the national poll after being 23rd in the preseason poll.

“I think we have proven that we should be in the hunt for one of the automatic qualifying spots for nationals, but nobody is going to hand it to us just because we are ranked ahead of them,” stated McRaven. “We still need to go out there and do what we have been doing all year.”

In the South Central region meet the Aggies will face the Razorbacks once again along with various schools from Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Texas A&M women’s team enters the South Central region meet ranked No. 2 behind Arkansas and ahead of SMU, Texas, UTSA, Baylor and Lamar.  

SMU won the American Athletic Conference title while Texas and Baylor were separated by two points (121-123) in placing fourth and fifth in the Big 12 meet. UTSA tied for first place in Conference USA while Lamar won the Southland Conference.

USTFCCCA National Rankings

WOMEN                         Pts

  1. Arizona                        355

  2. Providence                  347

  3. Arkansas                     336

  4. Georgetown                324

  5. Florida State                311

  6. Michigan State             301

  7. Iowa State                   271

  8. New Mexico                 270

  9. Butler                           265

10. Colorado                     245

11. Virginia                        243

12. Washington                 224

tie, Dartmouth                   224

14. Michigan                      215

15. Oregon                        191

16. Minnesota                    183

17. San Francisco             168

18. Stanford                      139

19. Syracuse                     137

tie, William & Mary             137

21. Notre Dame                115

22. Princeton                       89

23. Cornell                           81

24. West Virginia                 63

25. Boise State                    52

26. Arizona State                 42

27. Harvard                         34

28. Texas A&M                  33

tie, Duke                              33

30. Penn State                    28

Others receiving votes (SEC): Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky

 

SOUTH CENTRAL RANKINGS – WOMEN

1. Arkansas

2. Texas A&M

3. SMU

4. Texas

5. UTSA

6. Baylor

7. Lamar

8. Central Arkansas

9. North Texas

10. Arkansas State

11. Rice

12. Stephen F. Austin

13. Sam Houston State

14. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

15. UT Arlington

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