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Press Release for Monday, November 2, 2009

Men's and Women's Cross Country Regionally Ranked


Andrew Hopkins

Athletics Assistant of Media Relations

 (904) 620-4025


 The University of North Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams are ranked 11th and 15th, respectively, in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, in the south regional rankings.


With the Ospreys’ third place finishes in last weekends Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, the men were able to creep up into the top 15, behind Kennesaw State (11th) and East Tennessee State (12th) to represent the A-Sun in the south region.  UNF finished just 16 points behind the Buccaneers, after tying for third with USC-Upstate.


Jacksonville (8th), Kennesaw State (10th) and UNF are the only women A-Sun Conference representatives in the south region.  KSU barely sits ahead of the Ospreys after besting them by four points at the Sperling Sports Complex in DeLand, Fla. last Saturday.


This is the first time in UNF cross country history that both teams have been ranked regionally.  The 26 year old program will look to make history when they compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Nov. 14 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.