SEATTLE - For the first time since the 2009 season, both the Husky men's and women's cross country teams are ranked in the top-25 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Coaches Poll. Although the Husky women's team dropped in the rankings this week to No. 13, the men went from unranked up to 25th following a solid showing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational last Saturday.
The men had fallen into the "receiving votes" category all season, for teams just outside the top-30, but with a 15th-place finish at Wisconsin in a field that featured 20 of the 30 ranked teams going in, the Dawgs moved into the top-30 for the first time since 2009. That was also the last NCAA team appearance for the Husky men, the big goal for this year's team. Washington beat out eight higher-ranked teams in Madison, as the huge field gave the national rankings quite an overhaul.
On the women's side, the Huskies did not have the race they were hoping for on Saturday, but still earned plenty of points towards the postseason with a ninth-place finish at Wisconsin. Like the men, the women's team beat out eight teams ranked between 10th and 30th going into Wisconsin. Still, the Huskies dropped from fourth nationally to No. 13 this week.
In the West Regional rankings, the Husky men moved up one spot to No. 5 this week, with Portland continuing to lead the region. The women remain second in the West, behind Arizona, which is the new No. 1 in the nation this week.
The Huskies are now hunkered down to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships, held this year in Louisville, Colo., a town near Boulder, on Saturday, Nov. 2.