Sept. 6, 2002
ATLANTA – Coming off its best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships a year ago, the Georgia Tech women’s cross country team enters the 2002 season ranked No. 24 in the nation in the preseason FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Association Poll, which was released Thursday.
This ranking marks the first such preseason honor in school history. Tech placed 26th at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
The Jackets are led by junior Renee Metivier, the 2001 national runner-up and the program’s first runner to earn All-America honors during the cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Metivier is closely followed by seniors Amy Dock and Katie Griffin, both all-region performers in their careers. Dock returns after a redshirt season a year ago, while Griffin set school record in the 10,000 meters during the outdoor track season.
Four Atlantic Coast Conference schools join in the Jackets in the poll. Defending conference champion NC State is ranked third, followed by North Carolina (sixth), Duke (11th) and Virginia (16th). The poll is conducted by the Women’s Cross Country Coaches Association.
Tech opens its 2002 campaign September 14 at the University of Georgia’s Bulldog Stampede in Athens, Ga.