Walker's Pace: Men Still Third
Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
A solid runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships kept the Men of Oregon at No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA cross country poll, though there was a bit of a surprising development at the top. League champion Stanford dropped to No. 2 - despite the victory over Oregon - and Oklahoma State moved to No. 1 for the first time in school history.
Oklahoma State is the defending NCAA champion. The Ducks were followed by Iona and Bill Dellinger runner-up Wisconsin to round out the top five.
Meanwhile, the women's poll was a good news-bad news situation for the Ducks.
The women fell five spots to No. 7 after tying for third at the Pac-10 meet. But with just six points separating the top four teams last Saturday in Seattle, the league now boasts four of the nation's top 11 teams. Pac-10 champ Stanford moved up to No. 4, with Arizona at No. 6, Oregon seventh and No. 11 Washington.
Villanova remained atop the women's poll, followed by Florida State and Texas Tech.
The NCAA West Regional Meet, which will be Nov. 13 at Springfield Country Club, will feature six nationally ranked women's teams (No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Oregon, No. 11 Washington, No. 26 California, No. 27 San Francisco) and four ranked men's teams (No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 13 Portland, No. 22 California).
Also, Tuesday is the last day to bid on the special pink uniforms the teams wore at the Oct. 16 Bill Dellinger Invitational.
Check out the 2010 Oregon Cross Country Multi-Media Guide.