Wildcats Begin 2010 Season Ranked No. 15 in the Nation
Aug. 31, 2010
NEW ORLEANS--Villanova enjoyed a strong finish to the 2009 cross country season and returns four of its top six runners from that team entering the start of the 2010 campaign. In a preseason national poll released today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the Wildcats come in at No. 15 in the nation's top 30. In addition, Villanova is also ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Sophomore Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand) earned All-America honors last season with a 32nd place finish at the national championship meet, where the Wildcats came in 11th overall as a team. Villanova advanced as a team to the national meet with a second place showing at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
In the top 30 poll, the Wildcats earned a total of 168 points and were the second of four BIG EAST teams that all ranked in the top 20. Only the Big 12, with five teams, had more of its members in the national poll than the BIG EAST. Each league had four of its teams among the top 20.
The other BIG EAST teams in the poll include Syracuse (No. 9), Georgetown (No. 16) and Providence (No. 20). Villanova and Georgetown are the top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region poll, although in that listing it is the Hoyas who come first, followed by the Wildcats. Georgetown placed 22nd at last year's national championship meet.
Villanova opens its 2010 season on September 23 when it takes part in the Main Line Invitational, held close to campus at Haverford College.
NOTE: The next regional and national polls will be released on September 13-14.
NCAA Division I
1 - Stanford (four first-place votes, 349 points)
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 32, Ohio State 24, Florida 10, Louisville 9, North Carolina 8, UCLA 8, California 7, Columbia 4, UTEP 2, Washington 1.