The men's team moved up two spots, with 356 points, from No. 6 following its win at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Saturday. Arizona beat then-No. 2 Stanford at the meet, and the Cardinal now are No. 5 in the poll.
"We are continuing to progress very well, and we are running very well right now," Head Coach Dave Murray said. "If we can continue to do that and stay healthy, we will be in a good position come the NCAA Championships. There are six or seven teams that will vie for the top four, and I think that we are one of them. If we can run with the same kind of focus, we will have a great shot at being in there."
The Wildcat women's team was ranked as high as 14th this season, but had been out of the last two polls. This week, however, the team broke back into the poll at No. 24 after finishing fifth at the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford, the conference champ, sits a top the poll with 11 of 12 first-place votes.
Southeastern Conference champion Arkansas has been comfortably on top of the men's poll this season, and has all 16 first-place votes this week. North Carolina State, the Atlantic Coast Conference champ, is No. 2, while Colorado, the Big-12 champ, is No. 3.
The Arizona men's and women's teams resume competition Nov. 13 at the NCAA West Regionals in Portland, Ore. The top two teams from each of the nine regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships and 13 other at large teams will be selected from around the nation.