Nov. 2, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - The national coaches polls for collegiate cross country were released Tuesday with the Arizona State University men's cross country team earning its highest ranking in school history while the women remained a fixture of the Top 10 for the fifth week in a row this year. The men earned the No. 8 position in the MONDO Coaches Poll while the women remained No. 7 in the FinishLynx Coaches Poll following their success at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday.
The men attained their highest national ranking for the second poll in a row after claiming its first Top 10 ranking of the season two weeks ago at No. 9. Prior to the Oct. 19 release, the previous highest ranking for the Sun Devil men also was ninth when the poll was released on Oct. 19, 1999. ASU moved up one spot after taking second at the Pac-10 Championships, one place behind champion and second-ranked Stanford. The Sun Devils, on the strength of Aaron Aguayo's third-place performance, tallied 67 points to set the school record for low points in a conference meet, bettering the 75 points recorded in 2001.
The women, who have been ranked in the national poll for the past 50 releases, retained their No. 7 ranking following another strong showing in the conference meet as two historical events took place for the maroon and gold. Not only did the Sun Devils' 47 points put the team in second place behind No. 1 in the nation Stanford, it also is the school record for low points. Amy Hastings paced the women to their fifth runner-up finish as a team in the past six meets and three in a row as she captured the individual crown. Her victory was historical on two fronts as she captured the school's first conference cross country crown of any kind (men or women, team or individual) while also tying the program mark for individual wins in a career with four.
The Sun Devils will take a week off from competition before heading to Fresno, Calif., for the 2004 NCAA West Region Championships. The meet, hosted by Fresno State, will take place Nov. 13 with the women contesting a 6,000m race at 11 a.m. and the men taking part in a 10,000m run at noon.