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Women's Cross Country Climbs to 17th Nationally

Monique Ortega has helped lead the women's cross country team to a high ranking this season.

Monique Ortega has helped lead the women's cross country team to a high ranking this season.

Sept. 28, 2004

WACO, Texas-After a fourth place finish at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, the Baylor women's cross country team saw its ranking skyrocket to 17th in the latest FinishLynx NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll. The team is also tied with SMU for first in the organization's latest South Central Regional poll.

Baylor, ranked 30th in the last national poll, jumped 13 spots in the latest version of the rankings. Colorado, ranked seventh, is the only other Big 12 Conference school ranked ahead of the Bears in the current poll.

Missouri (No. 23), Oklahoma (No. 27) and Texas Tech (No. 28) are the only other conference school to be ranked nationally.

The ranking marks the highest for the Bears since Baylor finished the season eighth at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

The No. 17 Baylor women's cross country team will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, when the women run at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. Meanwhile, the men will return to action on the same day, running at the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

In addition, a small contingent of Baylor runners will participate in the North Texas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1, in Denton, Texas.

FinishLynx / NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL POLL
(Conducted by the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association)
Ranking
1. Stanford (10)
2. Providence (2)
3. Brigham Young (1)
4. Notre Dame
5. North Carolina State
6. Michigan
7. Colorado
8. Arizona State
9. North Carolina
10. Tennessee
11. Villanova
12. UCLA
13. Wake Forest
14. UC - Santa Barbara
15. Columbia
16. Southern Methodist
17. Baylor
18. Duke
19. Arkansas
20. Butler
21. West Virginia
22. Michigan State
23. Missouri
24. William & Mary
25. Idaho
26. Georgetown
27. Oklahoma
28. Texas Tech
29. Marquette
30. Boston College

 

 

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