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    Six SEC Cross Country Teams Ranked In USTFCCCA Poll

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The six Southeastern Conference cross country programs that have punched their tickets to this week’s NCAA Cross Country Championships are each ranked among the nation’s top-30 in the final regular-season coaches poll, conducted by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and released on Tuesday.

    On the men’s side, Arkansas, the 2012 SEC Champion that finished as runner-up at the NCAA South Central Regional, checks in at No. 11, while Georgia, which placed second at the SEC Cross Country Championships, is ranked No. 27 this week. Fellow SEC teams Florida and Texas A&M also are receiving votes.

    Oklahoma State, which captured nine of 12 first-place votes, checks in at No. 1 in the men’s poll and is looking to garner its third national title in the last four years. Stanford, the West Regional Champion, and Iona, the national runner-up in 2007 and 2008, are tied for No. 2 in the latest poll. The reigning national champion, Wisconsin, is ranked No. 4, while Texas checks in at No. 5 nationally.

    On the women’s side, Arkansas, the NCAA South Central Regional champion, is the top-rated SEC team at No. 12. Vanderbilt, the runner-up at the NCAA South Regional, is ranked No. 24, while Georgia is rated No. 28 and 2012 SEC Champion Florida checks in at No. 30.

    Florida State, which is seeking its first-ever NCAA cross country title, is ranked No. 1 in the women’s poll. The Seminoles are coming off their fifth consecutive South Regional title and earned 10 of 12 first-place votes in the poll. Oregon, looking for its first NCAA cross country title since 1987, checks in at No. 2, while Iowa, which finished seventh at last year’s national championship, is No. 3 this week. Stanford, which last won the NCAA title in 2007, is No. 4, while Arizona is No. 5.

    The 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The women’s 6K race is scheduled for a 12 p.m. ET start, while the men’s 10K race will begin at 1:15 p.m. ET. A live Webcast will be available on NCAA.com.

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    2012 Men’s Poll (11/13/2012)
    1. Oklahoma State (9)
    T2. Iona
    T2. Stanford (1)
    4. Wisconsin
    5. Texas
    6. Oklahoma
    7. Colorado (2)
    8. BYU
    9. Portland
    10. Northern Arizona
    11. Arkansas
    12. Tulsa
    13. Michigan
    T14. Virginia
    T14. Syracuse
    16. Oregon
    17. Eastern Kentucky
    T18. Florida State
    T18. Georgetown
    20. Columbia
    21. New Mexico
    22. UCLA
    23. Princeton
    24. Indiana
    25. Villanova
    26. Virginia Tech
    27. Georgia
    28. NC State
    29. Notre Dame
    30. Michigan State

    Others Receiving Votes: Washington, Duke, Florida, Arizona State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Illinois.
                                    
    2012 Women’s Poll (11/13/2012)
    1. Florida State (10)
    2. Oregon (1)
    3. Iowa State (1)
    4. Stanford
    5. Arizona
    6. Michigan
    7. Washington
    8. Providence
    9. Penn State
    10. Duke
    11. Georgetown
    12. Arkansas
    13. Michigan State
    14. Connecticut
    15. Weber State
    16. Cornell
    17. New Mexico
    18. Notre Dame
    19. Texas
    20. William and Mary
    21. Oklahoma State
    22. Villanova
    23. Colorado
    24. Vanderbilt
    25. Minnesota
    26. Butler
    27. Toledo
    28. Georgia
    29. Boston College
    30. Florida

    Others Receiving Votes: Harvard, San Francisco, Princeton, West Virginia, La Salle, NC State.