Women's Cross Country Climbs To 14th In West Region Poll
SPOKANE, Wash. - Although idle this past weekend, Gonzaga University's women's cross country team moved up one notch to 14th in the inaugural regular-season West Region rankings announced Monday as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Bulldogs opened the season Sept. 1 with a strong showing in the Clash of the Northwest, scoring 22 points to defeat then-15th-ranked University of Idaho and Pacific-12 Conference rival Washington State University among others. Idaho moved up to 13th in this week's rankings.
Gonzaga welcomed the return of Lindsey Drake after sitting out the spring track season with a femur injury, and she finished second to lead a pack of Bulldogs across the finish line that included freshman Amelia Evans, veteran Emily Thomas and sophomore Maggie Jones as the Bulldogs had 10 of the top 20 finishers in the 4K sprint.
The Zags, ranked 15th in the pre-season poll, are one of four West Coast Conference schools in the West Region rankings and one of five WCC schools overall to be ranked.
The University of San Francisco in fifth and the University of Portland in sixth held serve, while Loyola Marymount University moved into the rankings in 15th. BYU, which joined the WCC a year ago, fell from third to fourth in the Mountain Region rankings.
The University of Oregon sits atop the West Region rankings.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at the WCC Preview meet hosted by the University of Portland at Fernhill Park. The women race at 10 a.m. followed by the men at 10:45 a.m.