Colorado continues to climb in both USTFCCCA polls



NEW ORLEANS – After a successful performance at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational Tournament on Friday, Oct. 15, the University of Colorado cross-country teams each advanced in the USTFCCA Division I Coaching Polls.

The men’s team went from seventh to fourth place, while the women’s team went from fifth to fourth place.

Northern Arizona has been the top team in the men’s poll all season and that hasn’t changed in the last poll since the Lumberjacks won all 11 first-place votes for 330 points; but there have been a lot of changes in the top-30. Iowa State and Colorado gained four places in the poll to place the Cyclones (303) in second and the Buffaloes (296) in third. Stanford (294) fell from third to fourth and Oklahoma State (290) also fell from fourth to fifth.

New Mexico moved up two spots to overtake NC State as the new No.1 team in the women’s poll. The Lobos won six of 11 first-place votes and recorded 324 points. The Wolfpack are only one point behind UNM (323) and recorded the other five first place votes for second place. BYU (301) slipped one place from second to third, while CU (297) went from one position to fifth to fourth. Alabama, No. 4 last week, rose to fifth this week with 283 points.

In the mountain men’s and women’s rankings, Colorado is ranked second in both polls. NAU is ahead of CU in the men’s poll, while UNM is ahead of CU in the women’s ranking.

The Colorado women won the garnet race in the pre-nationals, beating number one. 10 Utah, 54-149. Third place went to Florida State, which recorded 163 points. Abby nichols recorded the individual victory, crossing the finish in 19 minutes, 46.4 seconds. The Buffs placed two more runners in the top 10 as Secret Emilie was fifth and India Johnson placed ninth. Rachel McArthur was CU’s fourth goalscorer at 16e and Hannah miniutti was fifth for the Buffs, crossing 23rd.

The CU men recorded second place in the pre-nationals with 128 points. The Buffs and Arkansas, then ninth in the standings, both recorded 128 points, but CU won the tiebreaker, 3-2. NAU won the Garnet race with 64 points. Eduardo Herrera was the Buffs’ best player in seventh place and was followed by Brendan Fraser (23rd), Austin Vancil (24e), Andrew Kent (36e) and Charlie sweeney (38e).

The playoffs begin for the Buffaloes on October 29, at the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City. The men’s 8k race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., while the women’s 6k race will start at 11 a.m. MT. Both races will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 network.


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