Cross Country Teams Move Up In Rankings
RALEIGH, N.C. Fresh off of a pair of season-opening romps, NC State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have moved up in both this week’s regional and national rankings.
According to the October 1 polls by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the NC State men are No. 1 in the Southeast Region for the second consecutive week, and have moved up from No. 16 to No. 12 in the latest national rankings. The Wolfpack men have run two races, the Wolfpack Invite and the ECU Invitational, and won both with perfect scores of 15 points.
Redshirt-junior John Martinez and redshirt-senior Gavin Coombs finished 1-2 at the ECU Invite, and both were in a group of four NC State runners who crossed the finish line together at the Wolfpack Invite. Redshirt-senior Fredy Torres and redshirt-freshmen Greg Dame and Andrew North ran strong races in both meets thus far, and redshirt-freshman Bobby Moldovan made his 2008 debut at the ECU Invitational and finished fourth overall.
The NC State women also are No. 1 in the Southeast Regional, and moved up from No. 29 in the national poll all the way to No. 20. The women have run both races thus far without the services of senior Brittany Tinsley, juniors Bona Jones and Kara McKenna, and sophomore Colleen Wetherbee. Tinsley is battling injuries. Jones and Wetherbee are training but did not line up for either race. McKenna ran both races unattached. She won the Wolfpack Invite and took third at the ECU Invitational.
With the veteran runners out, the women have relied on a lineup of true and redshirt-freshmen. Lauren Bishop, Emily Pritt, Andie Cozzarelli and Caroline Kirby, all true freshmen, were the Wolfpack’s top four scorers at both the Wolfpack Invite and the ECU Invitational. Redshirt-freshman Amanda Burger also scored in both races for the Pack. McKenna, sophomore Marika Walker, and true freshmen Erika Alpeter, Tiayonna Blackmon, Anna Gillespie and Leah Vaughn all ran unattached in both races for NC State.