Privateers Cross Country Men & Women ranked Top 10 in South Central Region by USTFCCC
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans Cross Country programs continued to receive regional recognition with the release of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason rankings on Tuesday afternoon.
Both the men’s and women’s programs were ranked No. 10 in the South Central Region by the USTFCCCA. The UNO men have now been ranked in 11 consecutive South Central Region polls with a program-best ranking of No. 7 multiple times last season.
The men finished fourth in last season’s Southland Championships with a program best 93-point total. All-Louisiana selections Kolyn Saltzman, and Jaden Forester are joined by All-Southland selection Cade Litolff as key returners for the Privateer men.
The Privateer women enter the season ranked No. 10 in the region after finishing just a point shy of their first ever Southland Conference Championship last season.
All-Louisiana standouts Ariana Jimenez and Alexandra Weir return for the Privateers as well as Anna Martin who placed in the top-25 of the Southland Championship. The UNO women finished last season ranked No. 9 and were as high as No. 8 after the fifth week of the campaign.
Both teams also finished in ninth-place at last year’s South Central Regionals – high water marks for both programs.
The No. 10 ranking for the men’s team was third among Southland schools, while the women’s No. 10 ranking placed them first among Southland schools, with UIW, HBU and McNeese also ranked in the Top-15.
The 2022 Cross Country season gets underway for the Privateers this Friday at Lake Oaks Park near campus. The women will run a 5K set to start at 6 p.m. with the men to run a 6K at around 6:45 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come cheer on their Privateers with free pizza, drinks, and UNO branded cowbells given away to fans on a first come-first serve basis.
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