Men's cross country climbs to No. 2 in national poll

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BY BRANDON HARRISON
UW Athletic Communications

Following its first week of competition in the 2011 season, the Wisconsin men's cross country team continues its rise in the national rankings.

UW moves up to No. 2 in this week's national coaches poll, which was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Badgers -- who received one first-place vote -- jump Stanford in the newest rankings, moving up one spot from their previous No. 3 ranking.

Last week, the team had its first taste of competition, competing in the Badger Opener. Falling just short of Marquette, UW earned a second-place team finish with a score of 29.

Sophomore Drew Shields led the way, finishing with a time of 18 minutes, 20 seconds and earning the individual win. Freshman Alex Hatz gave the Badgers another top-five finisher, coming in at 18:28.5 for fourth place.   

In addition to their new national ranking, Wisconsin remains rated No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region, according to the USTFCCCA.

The Badgers prepare this week for their first road trip of the season with the Orange and Blue Preview taking place on Friday. The 6-kilometer race will be held in Champaign, Ill., and is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.

USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Rankings - National Coaches Poll

RankSchool (1st-Place Votes)
PointsRegionLast Week
1Oklahoma State (10)
357Midwest1
2Wisconsin (1)
344Great Lakes3
3Stanford (1)
341West2
4Iona
300Northeast5
5Oregon
298West4
6Oklahoma
296Midwest6
7Indiana
284Great Lakes8
8Colorado
283Mountain7
9Florida State
266South8
10Portland
253West10
11Northern Arizona
224Mountain12
12Princeton
222Mid-Atlantic11
13NC State
217Southeast13
14Syracuse
216Northeast14
15Arkansas
192South Central15
16BYU
191Mountain16
17Providence
158Northeast18
18Villanova
150Mid-Atlantic17
19Louisville
135Southeast20
20Virginia
127Southeast19
21New Mexico
121Mountain21
22Georgetown
92Mid-Atlantic22
23Notre Dame
88Great Lakes23
24Minnesota
85Midwest27
25Texas
72South Central24
26Ohio State
68Great Lakes25
27Florida
48South26
28Eastern Kentucky
41Southeast28
29Dartmouth
29Northeast30
30North Carolina
22SoutheastRV

Others Receiving Votes: Penn State 20, Arizona State 16, Lamar 6, Washington 5, Michigan 3, Alabama 3, Texas A&M 2, William and Mary 2, Michigan State 1, Columbia 1.

Dropped Out: No. 29 Arizona State

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I get real tired of coaches spitting squads to make it impossible to assess status. WI needs all the publicity it can get. I give up trying to find out with all the hankey-panky that goes on.

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