Sept. 15, 2009
IRVING, Texas -
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Preseason National Polls Tuesday and Rice's women's team finds itself ranked among the Top 30. After finishing last year ranked 19th in the nation, the Owls will enter the 2009 season ranked No. 20 and will be in action this weekend when they host the Rice Invitational.
The USTFCCCA also announced regional rankings for both the men's and women's teams Monday. The featured men's teams include Tulsa at No. 2 in the Midwest Region and UTEP at No. 5 in the Mountain Region. Tulsa won the Conference USA Championship in 2008 and returns four of the five scorers, including the top-individual scorer, John Beattie, this year. Rounding out the regional teams is Rice (No. 12) and Houston (No. 14) in the South Central Regional.
The women's regional rankings include nationally ranked Rice at No. 2, along with SMU at No. 4 and Houston at No. 10 in the South Central Region. Rounding out the women's teams is UTEP at No. 7 in the Mountain Region, while Tulsa is ranked 11th in the Midwest Region.
C-USA Cross Country Notebook Sept. 15
Thurs., Sept. 18
UAB at Crimson Classic, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
UCF at Mountain Dew Invitational, Santa Teresa, N.M.
Fri., Sept. 19
EAST CAROLINA HOSTS ECU PIRATES INVITATIONAL, Greenville, N.C.
Memphis at Commodore Classic, Nashville, Tenn.
RICE HOSTS RICE INVITATIONAL, Houston, Texas
SMU at North Texas Invitational, Denton, Texas
Southern Miss at Azalea City Classic, Mobile Ala.
Tulsa at Missouri State Classic, Springfield, Mo.
UTEP at Kachina Classic, Las Cruces, N.M.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RHIANNON JOHNS, UAB
So., Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Johns posted a 5K time of 18:22 in the Earl Jacoby Cross Country Memorial and finished first overall. The sophomore's finish helped propel the Blazers into a first-place finish in a field of 13.
ROBERT MENJO, UTEP
Jr., Eldoret, Kenya
Menjo won his first cross country meet in a Miner uniform, posting a time of 20:43.82 in the 6.8K in the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational. The Miners took the top-three spots in the event and finished first in a field of four.