Women's Cross Country Tabbed 11th In NCAA Preseason Poll

Sept. 9, 2004

Winston-Salem, NC - The Wake Forest women's cross country team was picked 11th in the FinishLynx/NCAA preseason poll. The poll, conducted by the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association, ranks the 30 best female cross country teams in the nation. Four ACC teams dot the top-30, including N.C. State (5), North Carolina (14) and Duke (20).

Stanford, Providence, Brigham Young, Notre Dame and N.C. State rounded out the top-five. Stanford received the most first place votes (10) and the most points (386).

Wake Forest stands at 11th place with 248 points. The Deacons ended their 2003 regular season campaign ranked 13th, followed by a 21st place finish at the NCAA Tournament. Senior All-American and reigning ACC Performer of the Week, Anne Bersagel, led the Deacon women with a 29th place individual finish at NCAAs.

The ACC was well represented at the NCAA Championships. N.C. State (6), North Carolina (8), Florida State (18) and Duke (20) were all among the top-20.

The Deacons clinched a first place victory in their season opener, the Wake Forest Relays, last Wednesday, defeating Duke and High Point to seal the deal. The Deacons return to action Saturday morning for the Wake Forest Invitational. The women's race starts at 10 a.m. on the water tower fields on campus.



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