Women’s CC falls out of national rankings


The BYU women’s cross country team officially fell from the field of the nation’s top 30 teams, according to the USTFCCCA National Poll on Oct. 22.

A 24th place finish at last week’s Wisconsin Adidas Invitational dropped the squad from its No. 26 spot. A majority of the teams that competed in the 6K race had a national ranking or received votes for a top 30 slot.

Natalie Shields by Mark A. Philbrick.
Natalie Shields runs in a race last season. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.

Head coach Patrick Shane believes some good came from the disappointing race and the team can learn from what it went through in the last week.

“Some good things happened and we will be able to use those and improve on those and be ready for conference championships in two weeks,” Shane said.

The team remains at No. 3 in the region behind New Mexico and Colorado.

The Cougars next race at the West Coast Conference Championships in Malibu, Calif. on Nov. 2.

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