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|
|14||William and Mary||198|
|21||North Carolina State||117|
|RV - Weber State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Florida, UC Davis, Georgia, North Carolina,|
|Southeast Region Rankings|
|2||William and Mary||2|