Hawkeyes Earn National Rankings

Oct. 31, 2006


The University of Iowa men and women’s cross country teams are ranked in the nation’s top 30 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Hawkeye women are ranked 23rd and third in the Midwest region. The Iowa men are ranked 28th and fourth in the region.

Both teams are coming off strong performances at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. The women’s team placed sixth, which is Iowa’s highest team finish since placing fifth in 1993. Juniors Meghan Armstrong and Racheal Marchand earned second team all-Big Ten honors, placing eighth and 12th, respectively. The men’s team placed fifth, and was led by two all-Big Ten honorees. Senior Micah VanDenend placed third to earn first team honors, while junior Eric MacTaggart placed 10th to earn a spot on the second team.

The next competition for both squads will be Nov. 11 at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Minneapolis, MN. The results of that race will determine the national qualifying field.

USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Poll (Top 25)
1. Stanford
2. North Carolina State
3. Michigan
4. Arkansas
5. Wisconsin
6. Minnesota
7. UC Santa Barbara
8. Arizona State
9. Colorado
10. Providence
11. Michigan State
12. BYU
13. Illinois
14. Duke
15. Georgetown
16. Georgia
17. Texas Tech
18. Tennessee
19. Iona
20. Princeton
21. Florida State
22. Virginia
23. Iowa
24. Colorado State
25. Florida

USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Poll (Top 25 Plus Iowa)
1. Wisconsin
2. Colorado
3. Iona
5. Arkansas
6. Oregon
7. Stanford
8. NC State
9. Portland
10. Florida
11. Michigan
12. Providence
13. Alabama
14. BYU
15. Minnesota
16. Georgetown
17. Florida State
18. Notre Dame
19. San Luis Obispo
20. Kansas
21. Texas
22. Santa Barbara
23. Oklahoma State
24. Arizona
25. Virginia
28. Iowa