UCCS Men's Cross Country Team Picked Seventh, Women Eighth in RMAC Poll

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 24, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's cross country team was picked to finish seventh and the women's team was picked eighth by Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches in the 2011 preseason poll.

The UCCS men received an average of 6.3 points in the poll. RMAC cross country coaches ranked each team from 1-11 (1-12 for the women) omitting their own team. Those points were totaled and divided by the number over voters to get the rankings, with the lowest scores ranking highest. Adams State chose not to participate in the poll.

The non-participation didn't hurt the Grizzlies in the result, though, as defending national champion Adams State was picked to finish first with 1.36 points. Western State close behind with 1.6 points, followed by Colorado School of Mines (3.5) and Metro State (4.3).

Being among the top four in the RMAC is prestigious to say the least. At least four RMAC teams have finished the cross country season ranked among the nation's top 10 for 13 straight years. In the 2011 preseason national poll, Adams State is No. 1, Western State is No. 2, Mines is fourth and Metro State is 15th.

On the women's side, UCCS had 7.45 points, a point behind seventh-place Nebraska-Kearney and just ahead of Fort Lewis (7.73).

Adams State, which had its streak of seven straight national championships snapped by Grand Valley State this past season, came in second in the RMAC poll with 1.5 points. Western State narrowly edged the Grizzlies with 1.45 points. Western State is also the top pick in the national poll with Adams State checking in at No. 4.

Regis was picked third in the RMAC poll, followed by Colorado Mesa, Mines and Metro State.

Until this past season, RMAC women's cross country teams had won 18 consecutive national titles.


To see the complete RMAC poll, click here.

To see the complete national poll, click here.

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