THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s cross country earned its first national ranking of the season coming in at No. 20 in the latest USTFCCCA top-30 poll announced Tuesday. The ranking is the highest in program history.
The women have not been nationally ranked since 2002 when the Jackets came in at No. 24. Last season, Tech received votes, but didn’t break through the top-30.
This season, the White and Gold have defeated a total of five ranked teams in just two meets. In their season debut at the Bulldog Invitational, Tech took down No. 19 Georgia and grabbed first place. The Jackets didn’t stop there as they placed second at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown last weekend, defeating No. 11 Providence, No. 22 Syracuse, No. 24 Minnesota and No. 27 Dartmouth.
Head coach, Alan Drosky says, “It’s exciting for the women to be ranked nationally. They’ve worked hard and have been making steady progress since last year. At the start of the school year we thought we had a pretty strong group and they’ve proceeded to go out and earn this ranking on the course, so we’re really proud of them. He continues, “We think it is well-deserved recognition, and we’ll get back to work tomorrow to keep moving forward.”
Tech also climbed one spot in the most recent USTFCCCA south region poll to No. 2. Ole Miss claimed the No. 1 spot after winning the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, but the Jackets were just three points shy of the taking the title from the Rebels.