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UNCG continues to move up in USTFCCCA rankings

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Release: October 31, 2011
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NEW ORLEANS, La. – After winning both team titles this past weekend at the Southern Conference Championships, both the UNCG men's and women's programs moved up in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations (USTFCCCA) rankings this week.

The Spartan men moved up one spot in the Southeast Region to No. 10, while the women's team continued its rise and jumped three spots to No. 5 in the region. Both rankings are the best in school history for both programs.

This past weekend, the women's team claimed top honors as a team and Ashley Schnell won the individual title, as well. It was the second-straight season in which Schnell has claimed top individual honors and was named SoCon Runner of the Year for the second time too. In all, the top four runners on the women's side came away with first-team All-SoCon honors.

"Being ranked fifth in the region is quite a complement to our women's team," said coach Linh Nguyen. "Obviously, we had a very strong showing at the SoCon Championships and that bolstered our ranking. It's a real testament to the hard work that the women have put in and recognition of how impressive they were on Saturday. All season we have believed that we're a strong team and we look forward to the chance to prove that in Louisville."

Like the women, the men's team also won the team and individual titles this past Saturday. Paul Chelimo won the individual title and was named SoCon Runner of the Year. Chelimo has now won the individual title in all four races he has competed in this season.

In addition to Chelimo, Joey Thompson, Paul Katam and Abraham Kemboi were all named first-team All-SoCon, while Mike Koech earned second-team accolades.

"I'm a bit surprised that the men moved up only one spot in the rankings to 10th after the dominating win on Saturday," said Nguyen. "However, I understand that everything must be earned and so I think this will help to motivate the guys as they train for the regional championships. We believe in ourselves and what we're doing, now we just have to go out and prove ourselves to everybody else. Louisville on the 12th will be that opportunity and I hope the men on this team take advantage of it."

The Spartans will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regionals on Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky.

 

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USTFCCCA Men's Division I Southeast Region rankings:
Rank     School                                     Location                       Conference       Last Wee
1          NC State                       Raleigh, N.C.                 ACC                 1
2          North Carolina               Chapel Hill, N.C.            ACC                 3
3          Eastern Kentucky          Richmond, Ky.             Ohio Valley       2
4          Louisville                      Louisville, Ky.               Big East           4
5          Duke                            Durham, N.C.                ACC                 8
5          Virginia Tech                 Blacksburg, Va.            ACC                 6
7          William and Mary           Williamsburg, Va.          Colonial            5
8          Virginia                         Charlottesville, Va.        ACC                 7
9          Western Kentucky         Bowling Green, Ky.        Sun Belt            9
10         UNCG                           Greensboro, N.C.         Southern          11

11         Davidson                      Davidson, N.C.                         Southern           10
12         Kentucky                      Lexington, Ky.               SEC                 14
13         Liberty                         Lynchburg, Va.             Big South         15
14         High Point                     High Point, N.C.            Big South         NR
15         Furman                         Greenville, S.C.             Southern           NR 

USTFCCCA Women's Division I Southeast Region rankings:
Rank     School                         Location                       Conference       Last Week
1          NC State                       Raleigh, N.C.                 ACC                 2
2          Virginia                         Charlottesville, Va.        ACC                 1
3          North Carolina               Chapel Hill, N.C.            ACC                 3
4          Clemson                       Clemson, S.C.               ACC                 5
5          UNCG                           Greensboro, N.C.         Southern          8

6          Duke                            Durham, N.C.                ACC                 4
7          James Madison             Harrisonburg, Va.          Colonial            10
8          Virginia Tech                 Blacksburg, Va.            ACC                 6
9          Charlotte                       Charlotte, N.C.             Atlantic 10         13
10         Wake Forest                 Winston-Salem, N.C.     ACC                 9
11         Western Kentucky         Bowling Green, Ky.        Sun Belt            11
12         Eastern Kentucky          Richmond, Ky.             Ohio Valley       NR
13         Furman                         Greenville, S.C.             Southern           7
14         High Point                     High Point, N.C.            Big South         14
15         William and Mary           Williamsburg, Va.          Colonial            NR

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