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Henry Lelei selected as SEC Runner of the Week

September 18, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Texas A&M senior Henry Lelei received the men's Runner of the Week accolades from the SEC conference office this week after he opened his cross country season with a victory at the Rice Invitational this past Friday.

An All-American in cross country after placing ninth in the NCAA Championships a year ago, Lelei clocked a winning time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds, to win by 23 seconds over a 6,000-meter course on the Rice campus.

The effort from Lelei led the Aggies to a team victory as A&M scored 37 points and bettered a field of 13 teams, which included seven ranked squads from the South Central region. Rice and Lamar tied for second place with 85 points each.

SEC women's Runner of the Week honor went to Katie Breathitt of Ole Miss while the freshman honors were awarded to Tennessee's Kyle Walter and Florida's Julie Macedo.

Texas A&M men rank No. 15 in latest national coaches poll

The Aggie men remain the top rated SEC team among the national rankings. This week's USTFCCCA poll has Texas A&M ranked No. 15, down one spot from last week. The Aggie men remain ranked No. 2 in the South Central region while the A&M women are still No. 3 in the region poll.

Other schools from the SEC in the national men's rankings include Arkansas at No. 22 and Georgia at No. 30. Also receiving votes is Florida.

Wisconsin men remain No. 1 followed by Oklahoma State, BYU, Oklahoma, Portland, Colorado, Texas, Iona, Stanford and Florida State in the top 10. The next five schools include NC State, Indiana, Syracuse, Princeton and the Aggies.

In the other half of the men's top 30 are Georgetown, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Tulsa, Villanova, Michigan, Arkansas, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Oregon, Eastern Kentucky, UCLA, Washington State, Columbia and Georgia.

Among the SEC women's teams Vanderbilt is the top rated conference team at No. 7 with Arkansas at No. 9 with Florida ranked No. 28.

MEN's NATIONAL POLL

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

1

Wisconsin (10)

357

Great Lakes

Big Ten

2

Oklahoma State (1)

346

Midwest

Big 12

3

BYU (1)

341

Mountain

West Coast

4

Oklahoma

310

Midwest

Big 12

5

Portland

298

West

West Coast

6

Colorado

293

Mountain

Pac-12

7

Texas

287

South Central

Big 12

8

Iona

272

Northeast

Metro Atlantic

9

Stanford

264

West

Pac-12

10

Florida State

249

South

ACC

11

NC State

242

Southeast

ACC

12

Indiana

233

Great Lakes

Big Ten

13

Syracuse

224

Northeast

Big East

14

Princeton

196

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

15

Texas A&M

183

South Central

SEC

16

Georgetown

168

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

17

Minnesota

151

Midwest

Big Ten

18

Northern Arizona

143

Mountain

Big Sky

19

Tulsa

129

Midwest

Conference USA

20

Villanova

126

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

21

Michigan

101

Great Lakes

Big Ten

22

Arkansas

98

South Central

SEC

23

Notre Dame

93

Great Lakes

Big East

24

New Mexico

91

Mountain

Mountain West

25

Oregon

85

West

Pac-12

26

Eastern Kentucky

70

Southeast

Ohio Valley

27

UCLA

54

West

Pac-12

28

Washington State

42

West

Pac-12

29

Columbia

40

Northeast

Ivy

30

Georgia

26

South

SEC

WOMEN's NATIONAL POLL

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

1

Washington (10)

357

West

Pac-12

2

Florida State (1)

341

South

ACC

3

Oregon (1)

336

West

Pac-12

4

Georgetown

330

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

5

Iowa State

301

Midwest

Big 12

6

Stanford

290

West

Pac-12

7

Vanderbilt

287

South

SEC

8

Providence

285

Northeast

Big East

9

Arkansas

251

South Central

SEC

10

Villanova

246

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

11

Michigan

235

Great Lakes

Big Ten

12

Arizona

232

West

Pac-12

13

Michigan State

196

Great Lakes

Big Ten

14

Boston College

189

Northeast

ACC

15

Virginia

182

Southeast

ACC

16

Weber State

168

Mountain

Big Sky

17

Colorado

162

Mountain

Pac-12

18

Toledo

144

Great Lakes

Mid-American

19

Penn State

131

Mid-Atlantic

Big Ten

20

New Mexico

128

Mountain

Mountain West

21

Notre Dame

125

Great Lakes

Big East

22

Syracuse

115

Northeast

Big East

23

San Francisco

100

West

West Coast

24

Oklahoma State

98

Midwest

Big 12

25

West Virginia

70

Mid-Atlantic

Big 12

26

NC State

65

Southeast

ACC

27

Texas

52

South Central

Big 12

28

Florida

48

South

SEC

29

Princeton

37

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

30

Minnesota

25

Midwest

Big Ten

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