Men's Cross Country Cracks West Region Poll At No. 14
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second straight season Gonzaga University's men's cross country team has cracked the West Region rankings, checking in at No. 14 this week after a pair of impressive early-season results.
The Bulldogs are one of three West Coast Conference teams ranked in the West - the University of Portland at No. 1 and the University of San Francisco 15th - and one of four WCC teams ranked overall as BYU holds the top spot in the Mountain Region. Gonzaga finished two points behind sixth-ranked Washington State University in the season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest at Mead High School, then finished third this past weekend in the West Coast Preview in Portland.
"It's the first time the Gonzaga men and women have been ranked at the same time," head coach Pat Tyson said in reference to the GU women moving up to 11th earlier this week. "It's respect, it's a billboard and recruits are out there looking and saying Gonzaga is on the map."
Tyson said it is respect and something the team has worked hard to achieve.
"It's exciting for the program, but it's only the middle of September. Obviously, I think they like the respect and like to know we are going in the right direction. It's always been the goal to get the women in the top 10 and the men close to the top 10 if not in the top 10 and beat as many Pac-12 (Pacific-12 Conference) schools as possible. I think it's kind of a stamp that we're doing the right things, a trust," Tyson noted.
The Bulldogs will be in action Saturday at the Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry in the Spokane Valley. The women's race begins at 10:45 a.m. with the men's race at 11:30 a.m.