West Virginia's women's cross country program has been a model of consistency and top achievement, landing it in the group of the best sports programs at the school. A lack of notoriety for a program that doesn't have a great deal of fan attention shouldn't detract at all from its success and high ranking.
Greg Hunter: (4th) Sean Cleary’s women’s cross-country team is the one WVU intercollegiate athletic program that leans heavily on in-state products, and it does so with remarkable success. The Mountaineers finished second at the Big 12 Championships this past fall and were 24th at the NCAA championships. WVU finished in the top nine at the NCAA championships four times in a five-year span – ninth in 2007, fourth in 2008, sixth in 2009 and eighth in 2011.
Matt Keller: (4th) A vastly underrated women’s cross country program finishes fourth in my rankings. Head coach Sean Cleary’s runners managed a second-place finish in the Big 12 championships, and ended up an astonishing 24th in the NCAAs after losing three key runners for portions of the season. That’s the equivalent of a basketball team losing about four major contributors and still going fairly deep into the postseason.
Michael Carvelli: (5th) Consistently one of the better programs in the country, Sean Cleary has produced several all-Americans in the last few seasons and West Virginia cross country has become a dangerous program – and arguably one of the best teams at the university that no one knows about.
Kevin Kinder: (4th) Cleary's program displays one of the hallmarks of program stability -- rebuilding from year to year and not suffering any prolonged down periods. While we did focus more on recent accomplishments in this exercise, it's impossible to ignore the teams consistent performances over the past decade. Built with depth to withstand injuries and employing a development system that churns out solid teams year after year, the only argument that could be made about this ranking is that it might be a bit too low.
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