Defending NCAA champion Stanford, which returns five All-Americans, is ranked number one. Colorado, the NCAA champion in 2004 and runner-up last season, came in second, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma State and BYU. Rounding out the top 10 were Illinois, Duke, Arkansas , Arizona State and Wisconsin.
Tennessee Head Coach J.J. Clark welcomes back seven letterwinners, including 2005 All-SEC honorees Felicia Guliford (Sr., Gallup, N.M. ), Katie Flaute (Sr., Dayton, Ohio ), Sarah Bowman (Soph., Warrenton, Va. ) and Leah Soro (Soph., Knoxville, Tenn. ), from a squad that posted a school-best 125-32 won-lost record a year ago.
He also signed his best recruiting class as UT skipper, including three freshmen who filled the two through four scoring positions in the 2006 season opener on Sept. 1.
The Lady Vols will put that ranking on the line Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, as they play host to the Tennessee Invitational at the Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn. Among the women's teams scheduled to attend are Austin Peay, Belmont, Bryan, Chattanooga, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryville, Tennessee State and VMI.
USTFCCCA Division I women's cross country poll
9. Arizona State
12. North Carolina State
17. Boston University
19. Florida State
22. North Carolina
23. Michigan State
25. William & Mary
27. Colorado State
28. Wake Forest
Other schools receiving votes: Boston College, Butler, Notre Dame, Georgia, LaSalle, Northern Arizona, Villanova, Rice, Columbia, Weber State, UCLA, Texas Tech, Washington State, Alabama-Birmingham, UC-Santa Barbara.