NEW ORLEANS, La. – The West Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked fifth in the South region in the first regular season cross country rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men climb one spot, as they were ranked No. 6 in the South region in the USTFCCCA preseason cross country rankings. The women’s team is holding steady at No. 5.
Defending national champion Adams State continues to hold the No.1 spot in both the men’s and women’s national rankings. Harding, which was ranked No. 9 in the preseason men’s rankings, came in at No. 12 and is the only Gulf South Conference (GSC) team in the men’s top 25. No GSC women’s cross country teams are listed in the women’s national top 25.
Harding holds the No. 1 spot in the South region in the men’s regional rankings. Five of the 10 schools ranked in the South region are from the Gulf South Conference. In addition to Harding, Alabama-Huntsville is listed at No. 4, UWF comes in at No. 5, West Georgia is No. 8 and West Alabama rounds out the rankings at No. 10.
Tampa is the No. 1 ranked team in the South region on the women’s side. Six of the 10 ranked teams compete in the Gulf South Conference. A pack of GSC teams are ranked behind Tampa, with Harding, Alabama-Huntsville, Arkansas Tech and West Florida claiming the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. The GSC is also represented by Delta State at No. 7 and West Alabama at No. 9.
The Argos are coming off of a successful weekend at the Azalea City Classic in Mobile, Ala., where the men’s team captured the overall team title and the women’s team raced to a second place finish. The men’s team was paced by sophomore Dominique Sykes (Orange Park), who finished third overall. Five Argo men finished in the top 10 at the 5k meet. The women were led by junior Kelbe Beck (Tallahassee), who finished sixth overall. Seven Argonauts finished in the top 15 in the women’s 5k event.
The UWF men’s and women’s teams will host the Gulf Coast Stampede next Saturday, Sept. 25th, at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. Eleven teams will compete in the women’s collegiate meet, while nine teams will face off in the men’s collegiate meet. The women’s race starts at 7:30 a.m., while the men are set to race at 8 a.m. Results from the meet will be available on www.GoArgos.com.
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