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Texas A&M cross country ranked 15th nationally

August 28, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NEW ORLEANS - A No. 15 national ranking greeted the Texas A&M men's cross country team as the USTFCCCA preseason poll was released on Tuesday. This marks the highest ranking ever for the Aggie men's program after a previous best of 18th during the 2008 season.

Since 1998 through the 2012 season this is the fifth time for a Texas A&M cross country team to secure a top 20 ranking and it's the 15th time for the Aggies to be ranked in the top 30 in that same time span.

"It's nice to get a little respect nationally, but we realize that at the end of the season nobody is going to care where you were ranked in the pre-season," said Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven. "We still have a lot of work to do between now and the championship time of the year."

The Aggie men are the top ranked team from the SEC as Arkansas was tabbed at No. 23 with Georgia No. 28. The top five schools in the preseason poll include Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, BYU, Oklahoma and Colorado.

SEC schools in the women's national preseason poll include No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 11 Arkansas. The A&M women were among teams receiving votes along with Florida. The top five women's schools include Oregon, Washington, Georgetown, Florida State and Iowa State.

"We return a group that got their first taste of racing at the NCAA meet last fall and they are hungry to leave their mark both at the SEC and national levels," noted McRaven. "It will be fun to see our progress both this fall and throughout the year."

Last season Texas A&M men were among teams receiving votes to start the season and broke into the top 30 at No. 27 following a strong early October performance at Notre Dame. After solid outings in Wisconsin and at the Big 12 Championships the Aggies moved up in the polls to No. 24.

When A&M secured a NCAA Championship bid with a runner-up team performance at the South Central region meet the Aggies improved to No. 22 in the poll heading into the national meet. Then A&M completed the cross country season with an 18th-place finish among the 31-team field at the NCAA Championships.

 

United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association

Preseason National Cross Country Coaches Poll

Men   Women  
1. Wisconsin (10) 357 1. Oregon (4) 345
2. Oklahoma State (1) 345 2. Washington (5) 343
3. Brigham Young (1) 338 3. Georgetown (2) 337
4. Oklahoma 299 4. Florida State (1) 334
5. Colorado 297 5. Iowa State 289
6. Texas 291 6. Vanderbilt 277
7. Portland 282 7. Providence 270
8. Iona 278 8. Stanford 267
9. Stanford 251 9. Syracuse 246
10. Florida State 231 10. Villanova 226
11. North Carolina State 226 11. Arkansas 222
12. Syracuse 216 12. Michigan 218
13. Indiana 206 13. Colorado 210
14. Georgetown 191 14. Arizona 204
15. Texas A&M 178 15. Princeton 196
16. Villanova 149 16. Boston College 193
17. Northern Arizona 141 17. Michigan State 178
18. Minnesota 133 18. Virginia 163
19. Michigan 131 19. Weber State 150
20. Tulsa 129 20. San Francisco 133
21. Princeton 121 21. West Virginia 124
22. Oregon 118 22. Notre Dame 112
23. Arkansas 95 23. Toledo 103
24. New Mexico 87 24. Oklahoma State 82
25. Notre Dame 81 25. North Carolina State 76
26. Washington State 71 26. Texas 72
27. Columbia 62 27. Minnesota 37
28. Georgia 58 28. Brigham Young 35
29. Eastern Kentucky 55 29. Wisconsin 31
30. UCLA 44 30. Cornell 25
       

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