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UNCG women rise in latest USTFCCCA rankings

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: October 16, 2011
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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The  UNCG women's cross country rose seven spots in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings, while the men's team stayed put, the organization announced on Monday.

After breaking into the regional rankings for the first time in school history two weeks ago, the Spartan women jumped from No. 15 in the Southeast Region to No. 8.

"The women obviously made a huge jump in the rankings this week," said coach Linh Nguyen. "Most of that can be attributed to our performance Friday at UVA. We lost only to Virginia, who is ranked 16th nationally, and beat multiple teams ranked higher than us in our region and the South region. This ranking is a nice recognition of that result. To be one of the top 10 teams in such a strong region speaks a lot to the level of hard work and dedication of our women."

The men's program, meanwhile, maintained its school-best No. 11 spot in the regional rankings this week.

"This year is a strange year with the men's rankings because so many teams are running very inconsistently," said Nguyen. "We've had a couple of solid meets in a row, though not quite where we'd like to be. I think that breaking into the top 10 would be great and we're going to work hard over the next few weeks to try to accomplish that goal."

The Spartans will return to competition on Oct. 29 as they compete at the Southern Conference Championship in Charleston, S.C.

 

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

12         George Mason             Fairfax, Va.                   Colonial            NR
13         Wake Forest                 Winston-Salem, N.C.     ACC                 13
14         Kentucky                      Lexington, Ky.               SEC                 12
15         Liberty                         Lynchburg, Va.             Big South         10 

USTFCCCA Women's Division I Southeast Region rankings:
Rank     School                         Location                       Conference       Last Week
1          Virginia                         Charlottesville, Va.        ACC                 2
2          NC State                       Raleigh, N.C.                 ACC                 6
3          North Carolina               Chapel Hill, N.C.            ACC                 1
4          Duke                            Durham, N.C.                ACC                 4
5          Clemson                       Clemson, S.C.               ACC                 3
6          Virginia Tech                 Blacksburg, Va.            ACC                 5
7          Furman                         Greenville, S.C.             Southern           10
8          UNCG                           Greensboro, N.C.         Southern          15

9          Wake Forest                 Winston-Salem, N.C.     ACC                 8
10         James Madison             Harrisonburg, Va.          Colonial            7
11         Western Kentucky         Bowling Green, Ky.        Sun Belt            13
12         East Carolina                Greenville, N.C.             C-USA             9
13         Charlotte                       Charlotte, N.C.             Atlantic 10         NR
14         High Point                     High Point, N.C.            Big South         NR
15         Richmond                     Richmond, Va.             Atlantic 10         12

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