WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY MAKES SCHOOL HISTORY WITH NCAA SOUTH REGION RANKING
October 3, 2016
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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s cross country team took the program to yet another new height on Monday as the program earned a No. 15 ranking in the South Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams strength with current season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.
Team’s included in the NCAA South Region are Southeastern Conference foes Vanderbilt and Mississippi State who rank in the National Top-25 while Mississippi received votes in the national poll. As a whole, 47 teams compete in the NCAA South Region – including five Ohio Valley Conference foes – with UT Martin sitting as the only OVC member to rank in this week’s South Region Top-15.
The Skyhawks made their historic jump into the polls after defeating No. 12 regionally ranked UAB at the Greater Louisville Classic in which senior standout Ann Asipan posted the second-fastest time in program history with a time of 17:23, good for a top-25 finish. The next four athletes rounded out the scoring for the Skyhawks by posting times between 18:30 and 18:48.
“This is a big step for our program and this is only the beginning,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “I am so proud of our student-athletes pushing themselves and this program to new heights. We foresee lots more success on the horizon on both the men’s and women’s side while receiving the first regional ranking in program history.”
UT Martin will return to the trails on Friday, Oct. 14 when the Skyhawks compete at the Crimson Classic hosted by Alabama.