Women's Cross Country Rises to No. 6 in National Poll

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 4, 2005

When the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's cross country team edged powerful Western State by one point at the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday, Mountain Lions coach Graeme Badger acknowledged it would probably result in a rise in the national rankings.

But he never expected this.

UCCS rose all the way to No. 6 in the NCAA Cross Country/Track & Field Coaches Association weekly poll after having been ranked 14th a week ago.

"It's a nice compliment," said Badger upon learning of the ranking, "but it doesn't mean very much at this point in the season."

It's the second-highest national ranking achieved by a UCCS cross country team and the third highest by a UCCS team in any sport. The 2002 women's cross country team was ranked fifth for one week and the 2002-03 golf team was ranked No. 1 for two months.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference also fared well with four teams among the top seven. Adams State was No. 1, followed by Colorado School of Mines (No. 5), UCCS (No. 6) and Western State (No. 7).

"In the first half of the season it appears the conference is exceptionally strong and deep," said Badger. "For years, it's been Adams State and Western State at the top of the national rankings, but now there are other developing programs moving up."

The UCCS men's cross country team was also among the ranked at No. 22. Other ranked RMAC schools on the men's side were Adams State (No. 1), Western State (No. 4) and Colorado School of Mines (No. 10).

NCAA Division II Women's Rankings as of Oct 3, 2005
No. Team (Last week)
1. Adams State
2. Chico State (3)
3. Grand Valley State (2)
4. Northern Michigan (6)
5. Colorado School of Mines (9)
6. Colorado Springs (14)
7. Western State (4)
8. Edinboro (5)
9. Harding (7)
10. UC San Diego (11)
11. Southern Indiana (12)
12. Indiana University of PA (13)
13. Seattle Pacific (15)
14. Abilene Christian (NR)
15. Hillsdale (16)
16. Bloomsburg (17)
17. Alabama Huntsville (18)
18. Ferris State (22)
19. Wayne State (NR)
20. West Florida (NR)
21. Emporia State (NR)
22. Tampa (19)
23. Kutztown (20)
24. Pittsburg State (25)
25. Central Missouri (8)

NCAA Division II Men's rankings as of Oct. 3, 2005
No. Team (Last week)
1. Adams State
2. Abilene Christian
3. Chico State (4)
4. Western State (3)
5. Grand Valley State (6)
6. Harding (5)
7. Saginaw Valley (10)
8. Wayne State (12)
9. U Mass Lowell
10. Colorado School of Mines (11)
11. Lock Haven (7)
12. Shippensburg (16)
13. Stone Hill
14. Southern Indiana (22)
15. East Central Oklahoma (NR)
16. Minnesota State Mankato (15)
17. UC San Diego (18)
18. Edinboro (8)
19. Central Missouri (14)
20. Cal Poly Pomona (17)
21. Hillsdale (23)
22. Colorado-Colorado Springs
23. Western Washington (21)
24. South Dakota (19)
25. Lewis (24)

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