Cross Country Teams Move Up in Polls
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 06, 1999
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The University of Arizona men's and women's cross country teams both benefitted from strong competition at last weekend's meet and moved up in their respective polls. The men jumped from seventh to No. 6, while the women moved up one spot to No. 15.

Led by senior Micheil Jones, who has won all three of his races this season, the men moved ahead of Brigham Young into sixth with 318 points in the Mondo Division I poll. Last Saturday at the Stanford Invitational, Arizona finished second as a team to the host Cardinal, who are ranked No. 2 again this week.

Arkansas sits atop the poll with 398 points, but Stanford is close behind with 382 points. North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Colorado round out the top five. The Wildcats are only 22 points behind No. 5 Colorado.

Although the Wildcat women finished seventh last weekend at the Stanford Invitational, they moved up a notch to No. 15 in the FinishLynx women's Division I poll. Six of the top 10 teams in the poll were those who finished ahead of Arizona at Saturday's meet. Stanford is No. 1 with 300 points, but Arkansas is only 12 points behind the Cardinal.

Voting in both polls is conducted by NCAA Division I cross country coaches from across the nation.

The Wildcats do not compete this weekend as originally scheduled. They will forgo competing in the ASU Invitational, Oct. 8, which was on the initial schedule. Arizona resumes competition Oct. 16 at the NCAA Pre-Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.