Hawkeyes Earn National Rankings

Sept. 12, 2006


The University of Iowa men and women’s cross country teams are ranked in the first national poll of the season released today by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Hawkeye women are ranked 15th in the nation and third in the Midwest region. The Iowa men are ranked 27th in the nation and fourth in the region. Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the women’s national top 30, while six Big Ten men’s teams are ranked, including number one Wisconsin.

Both Iowa teams have had success in the first two meets of the season. The women’s team placed first at the Early Bird Invitational at Western Illinois and went 2-0 at the Hawkeye Open. Junior Diane Nukuri won the Hawkeye Open in her collegiate debut in 9:47.89. She shattered the previous school and course 3,000-meter record by almost 40 seconds. The men’s team also placed first at the Early Bird Invitational and went 1-1 at the Hawkeye Open.

The Hawkeye men will resume competition September 23 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, MN. The women’s next meet will be September 30 at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, AL.

USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Poll
(Top 20)
1. Stanford
2. Colorado
3. Michigan
4. Oklahoma State
5. Brigham Young
6. Illinois
7. Duke
8. Arkansas
9. Arizona State
10. Wisconsin
11. Princeton
12. North Carolina State
13. Baylor
14. Tennessee
15. Iowa
16. Minnesota
17. Boston
18. Marquette
19. Florida State
20. Providence

USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Poll
(Top 20 Plus Iowa)
1. Wisconsin
2. Arkansas
3. Colorado
4. Stanford
5. Texas
6. Iona
7. Portland
8. Arizona
9. Oklahoma State
10. Kansas
11. Brigham Young
12. Notre Dame
13. Texas-El Paso
14. Georgetown
15. Oregon
16. Ohio State
17. Dartmouth
18. Michigan
19. Alabama
20. Arizona State
27. Iowa