Sept. 25, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. --- The first regular season Division I Cross Country regional polls were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the University of Portland women jumped three spots to No. 6 after an impressive showing at the West Coast Preview last week. The Portland men remain at No. 3 in the West, trailing Oregon and Stanford.
The first regular season national polls will be released tomorrow.
The Pilot women dominated their first meet of the season as host of the West Coast Preview at Pier Park on Friday, Sept. 14. Portland had eight of the top 10 finishers among the field of 81 entrants, led by senior Bobeya Krishnek's first-place finish. Portland posted a dominating score of 17 among the six participating teams.
The Portland men also won the West Coast Preview, despite sitting out most of its top runners. The Pilots posted a team score of 31, more than half as much as second-place Boise State among the 10-team field.
Both Portland teams will now prepare for one of the top cross country meets in the nation, the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29 hosted by the University of Oregon. The men's field includes eight teams ranked in the preseason top 30, while six women's teams also earned preseason national rankings. The meet features 15 teams and will be held at Springfield Country Club with the women at 9:15 a.m. and the men at 10 a.m.