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Cross Country Squads Earn National Rankings
Thursday 10/16/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - A day after moving up in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Region poll, the Duke men's and women's cross country teams have also earned a pair of top 20 national rankings.

After claiming the top spot in the Southeast Region Monday, the Blue Devil women moved into the USTFCCCA's national rankings for the first time this season Tuesday, coming in at No. 11. The team turned in an impressive performance Friday, placing seventh among an elite field at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. The Blue Devils edged 15 nationally-ranked teams and finished ahead of four Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in Boston College, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia.

The Duke men also made their season debut in the national rankings, earning the No. 18 spot in the latest poll. The Blue Devils are listed among the top 30 teams in the nation for the first time since 2010 following a fifth-place finish Saturday at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville, Ky. Five Duke runners recorded new 8K personal bests in the effort, as the Blue Devils finished in front of four nationally-ranked teams.

The men's and women's teams compete next at the 2012 ACC Championships, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 on the Tech Cross Country Course in Blacksburg, Va.


Men's National Coaches' Poll - Oct. 16
1. Oklahoma State (6)
2. Colorado (4)
3. Stanford (2)
4. Iona
5. BYU
6. Oklahoma
7. Texas
8. Oregon
9. Arkansas
10. Columbia
11. Michigan
12. New Mexico
13. Eastern Kentucky
14. Florida State
15. UCLA
16. Syracuse
17. Portland
18. Duke
19. Tulsa
20. Wisconsin
21. Virginia Tech
22. Northern Arizona
23. Princeton
24. Indiana
25. Iowa State
26. Villanova
27. Georgetown
28. Georgia
29. Texas A&M
30. Kansas

Women's National Coaches' Poll - Oct. 16
1. Florida State (11)
2. Iowa State (1)
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Arizona
6. Washington
7. Michigan
7. Cornell
9. Georgetown
10. Providence
11. Duke
12. Arkansas
13. Penn State
14. Texas
15. Michigan State
16. Weber State
17. New Mexico
18. William & Mary
19. Notre Dame
20. Toledo
21. Colorado
22. Yale
22. Villanova
24. UCLA
25. Minnesota
26. Boston College
27. Oklahoma State
28. Vanderbilt
29. Connecticut
30. Florida

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