UCCS Improves to No. 14 in New National Poll

By Jared Verner published October 24, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - With the best conference finish since 2006, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's cross country improved to No. 14 in the new U.S. Track & Field and cross Country Coaches Association national poll released this morning. It's the highest ranking of the season for the Mountain Lions.

UCCS is ranked third among teams from the South Central region behind No. 2 Adams State and No. 4 Western State, despite a fourth-place ranking in yesterday's regional rankings. The Mountain Lions finished third in last Saturday's RMAC Championships for the best finish since 2006 with four all-conference runners.

The Mountain Lions have been ranked in the nation's top 15 for three consecutive weeks. The RMAC and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference are the only leagues with three teams ranked in the top 15.

West Texas A&M, who was ranked third in the new South Central Region rankings ahead of the Mountain Lions, came in at No. 19 in the national rankings. The Lady Buffs were previously unranked among the top 35 teams in the nation and made the biggest jump among Division II teams during the weekend after winning the Lone Star Conference Championships.

Most Division II teams, including UCCS, will be off this weekend to prepare for the regional championships on Nov. 3. The Mountain Lions will compete in the South Central Region Championships in Denver, with the top five teams earning a spot at the national championships in Joplin, Mo., on Nov. 17.

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