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Wildcats Begin 2010 Season Ranked No. 15 in the Nation
Mathew Mildenhall was Villanova's top finisher last year at the NCAA Championships meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
 
Mathew Mildenhall was Villanova's top finisher last year at the NCAA Championships meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
 

Aug. 31, 2010

USTFCCCA National Poll Summary
Regional Ranking Summary

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.

Among the other top returnees to the team are senior Hugo Beamish (Havelock North, New Zealand) and juniors Matthew Gibney (Albury, Australia) and Carl Mackenzie (Lower Hutt, New Zealand).

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
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll
2010 Preseason, August 31
next ranking: September 14

1 - Stanford (four first-place votes, 349 points)
2 - Oklahoma State (seven, 339)
3t - Northern Arizona (one, 329)
3t - Oregon (329)
5 - Alabama (299)
6 - Colorado (296)
7 - Wisconsin (292)
8 - Portland (258)
9 - Syracuse (255)
10 - Iona (241)
11 - North Carolina State (211)
12 - Oklahoma (202)
13 - Arkansas (181)
14 - New Mexico (180)
15 - Villanova (168)
16 - Georgetown (165)
17 - BYU (146)
18 - Iowa State (144)
19 - Arizona State (137)
20 - Providence (129)
21 - Michigan State (125)
22 - Virginia (122)
23 - Duke (108)
24 - Florida State (98)
25 - Butler (80)
26 - Minnesota (75)
27 - Indiana (64)
28t - William & Mary (60)
28t - Texas (60)
30 - Cal Poly (34)

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.

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