Women's Cross Country
Spartans Highly Regarded In Preseason National Poll
Sept. 9, 2005
The Michigan State women's cross country team opens the season ranked 13th in the FinishLynx NCAA Division I preseason poll. The Spartans received 210 points to finish just ahead of Big Ten rival Illinois. Overall, the Big Ten is represented by four schools; Michigan finished fifth and was followed by Michigan State, Illinois (16th) and Indiana (23rd) in the poll, which ranks the top 30 programs in the nation.
"It's exciting to be recognized," said second year head coach Rita Arndt-Molis. "It's a great compliment and it speaks to what we're trying to do here at Michigan State. In the end, rankings are just rankings, but it gives us something to shoot for as a team. We're hoping to finish the season even higher,"
Colorado (five first place votes) and Duke (six) finished a top the poll, ranked first and second, respectively. Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, BYU, Providence, Arizona State, N.C. State, Villanova, Columbia, Wake Forest, MSU, Illinois and UC Santa Barbara round out the top 15.
"These are some of the great cross country programs in the nation and that's where we want to be," Arndt-Molis said. "We want to continue to push ourselves up the list, until we're a perennial top-five team and contending for the national championship."
The Spartans began their quest for a fifth-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, held this season in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 21, by competing in the Jeff Drenth Memorial at Central Michigan; all four MSU competitors finished in the top 15. Next Friday, Sept. 16 the Green and White play host to the annual Spartan Invitational at Forest Akers.
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