Terps Rise In The Rankings

Oct. 8, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following their highest finish at the Paul Short Invitational in recent years, the Maryland women's cross country team is ranked eighth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Region Cross Country Poll. Released Sunday by the regional committee head, the poll lists the Terps five positions higher than last week within the field of 28 teams.

"This is the earliest in the season that we have ever been ranked this high," said Head Coach Trent Sanderson. "It's a big accomplishment for the team, especially with our No. 1 runner from last season, Katie Purcell, not competing."

Purcell, who was diagnosed with mono, could be back in the line-up in as soon as three weeks.

Georgetown, who won the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 7, is ranked No. 1, followed by Villanova, Penn State, Princeton and West Virginia to round out the top five. The Terps will compete against the No. 6-ranked team from American this weekend in the Terrapin Invitational.

Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Poll
October 5, 2003

1. Georgetown
2. Villanova
3. Penn State
4. Princeton
5. West Virginia
6. American
7. Pennsylvania
8. Maryland
9. LaSalle
10. Navy
11. Pittsburgh
12. Bucknell
13. Rutgers
14. St. Jospeh's
15. Duquesne