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Women's Cross Country Improves to No. 14 in the Nation
Updated: Wednesday 09/17/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary women's cross country team improved two spots in the national rankings this week, jumping up to No. 14 in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches Poll.  The Tribe had been ranked 16th in the pre-season, which was released three weeks ago.

In the first three weeks of the season, the Tribe won the six-team Spider Alumni Open on Sept. 6, placing five runners in the top six for the win.  Extending back to the first race of last season, W&M is undefeated in races featuring fewer than 30 teams.  Senior All-American Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.) was the individual winner in the race, and was named both the National and Conference Runner of the Week for the performance.

The Tribe's 14th-place ranking is the highest since exactly 11 years ago, when W&M was tabbed 13th in the Sept. 17, 2002 poll.  The Tribe has also been ranked in the natiol top-20 for six consecutive polls, the third-longest streak in school history behind two seven-week stretches (9/28/98 to 9/1/99, and 9/2/97 to 11/4/97).

On Monday, the regional polls were release, with the Tribe holding steady at No. 2 in the Southeast.  The top four spots were unchanged in the region, with national No. 2 Duke still ahead of W&M, and No. 21 NC State and North Carolina just behind.

W&M is back in action this weekend, hosting the 55th Annual W&M Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21.

2013 Sept. 17 USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll
Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points
1 Providence (12) 360
2 Florida State 344
3 Oregon 333
4 Duke 326
5 Arizona 313
6 Georgetown 292
7 Washington 281
8 Stanford 278
9 Cornell 255
10 Arkansas 249
11 Penn State 227
12 Villanova 222
13 Michigan State 213
14 William and Mary 198
15 Colorado 197
16 New Mexico 193
17 Michigan 179
18 Notre Dame 146
19 Vanderbilt 130
20 Minnesota 128
21 North Carolina State 117
22 Oklahoma State 109
23 San Francisco 96
24 Boston College 61
25 Texas 55
26 Iowa State 49
27 BYU 45
28 West Virginia 38
29 Princeton 35
30 Butler 25
RV - Weber State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Florida, UC Davis, Georgia, North Carolina,

Southeast Region Rankings
Ranking Team Last Ranking
1 Duke 1
2 William and Mary 2
3 N.C. State 3
4 North Carolina 4
5 Virginia 6
6 Easern Kentucky 12
7 Kentucky 5
8 Louisville NR
9 Wake Forest 8
10 Furman 14
11 Richmond 10
12 Elon 13
13 UNC Greensboro NR
14 Virginia Tech NR
15 Clemson 11










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