Aug. 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches released its regional preseason rankings on Monday, and the Pitt women’s cross country team was slotted 14th in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Last year, the Panthers spent all but one week in the regional rankings, rising as high as 12, and finishing the season 15th. This is the first time since at least 2009 that the women’s cross country squad is regionally ranked to begin the season. The last time a Pitt team entered the season regionally ranked was in 2010 when the men’s program accomplished the feat.
Pitt returns a core group of runners from last year’s women’s squad. Juniors Hillary Boxheimer (69th) and Rachel Brown (79th) were the top two Panthers to cross the finish line at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2013. Pitt gets back nine-of-10 runners it sent to the ACC Championship last fall, including senior Morgan Perry, sophomore Dee Dee Adams and junior Alexandra Cady.
Former BIG EAST rival Georgetown was selected first in the Mid-Atlantic Region with former conference opponents Villanova and West Virginia rounding out the top three on the women’s side.
A total of 12 Atlantic Coast Conference schools received preseason recognition in the women’s regional rankings. Syracuse (Northeast), Florida State (South) and Virginia (Southeast) were the only to be listed first in their respective regions.
The USTFCCCA will release the national preseason rankings tomorrow afternoon.
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