LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State's women's cross country team received 22 votes in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason national poll, good for No. 33. The preseason national poll comes on the heels of Monday's regional poll, where USU took No. 5 in the Mountain Region.
Colorado, also the top team in Monday's Mountain Region poll, will begin the year as the No. 1 squad in the nation, with Oregon (No. 2) and Michigan (No. 3) rounding out the top three spots. The Mountain West's top-ranked team, New Mexico, came in at No. 4.
The Aggie women return seven of the nine runners from last year's MW Championships, including junior Kashley Carter, who earned second-team all-conference honors last year by finishing eighth at the conference meet with a time of 20:45.20. Utah State also added a transfer from Montana State, Alyssa Snyder, who was recently ranked as the No. 25 women's runner in the nation by FloTrack.
The Aggies will open their season by hosting the Sagebrush Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Steve and Donna Reeder Cross Country Course. The men's race starts at 9:30 a.m., and the women follow at 10:15 a.m.
Utah State will also host the Steve T. Reeder Memorial on Friday, October 6, at 3:00 p.m., and the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 10, at a time to be announced.
Fans can follow the Utah State track & field and cross country programs at twitter.com/USUTF_XC, on Facebook at USUTrack and on Instagram at instagram.com/USUTF_XC. Aggies fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
USTFCCCA National Preseason Poll:
4. New Mexico
6. NC State
8. Notre Dame
10. San Francisco
11. Penn State
16. Michigan State
17. Eastern Michigan
18. Ole Miss
19. Boise State
21. Oklahoma State
23. Mississippi State
26. Iowa State
29. Air Force
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia, Portland, Utah State, Furman, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Abilene Christian, Indiana, Syracuse, Cornell, Texas.
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