XC Men Start Season at No. 3; Women Ranked 14th


NEW ORLEANS – The 2013 cross country season is just about to begin, and once again the University of Colorado men’s and women’s programs are starting off the season on a familiar note as both teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Top 30 Preseason Poll.


The men’s team is ranked third overall and the women are 14th in the poll. They are both ranked quite high in the regional rankings as well, which came out on Monday afternoon.  The women are the top rated team in the Mountain Region and the men are ranked second behind Northern Arizona.


CU’s men are the top Pac-12 program in the national poll, recording 337 points for third-place. Oklahoma State recorded the top place in the poll with 358 points and received 10 of the 12 first-place votes. NAU is second with 349 points and the two remaining first-place votes. The Buffs recorded 30 more points than the fourth-place vote getter, BYU (307).


On the women’s side, Providence is the preseason favorite with 359 points (11 first-place votes). Florida State is second (343) and Oregon is third with 334 points, accompanied by the final first-place vote.


The Buffs will start their season on Saturday, August 31, with the Alumni/Open/Time Trial on CU’s South Campus at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course. The men’s 8-kilometer race is at 8:30 a.m. and the women’s 5.8k will follow at 9 a.m. Parking and admission are free.

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