Seven Big 12 Cross Country teams earned rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll.
On the men’s side, two-time defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State earned 10 of 12 first-place votes to remain as the top team in the country to start the season. The Cowboys welcome back five USTFCCCA All-America honorees from last year’s squad.
Oklahoma garnered the No. 5 spot, dropping one slot from last season, while Texas ranks 26th. The Sooners and Longhorns rank second in the Midwest Region and South Central Region rankings, respectively. In the national poll, Texas A&M received two votes.
For the women, Iowa State leads the Big 12 contenders at No. 10. The Cyclones finished eighth at last year’s NCAA Championship, the second-best finish in school history. The team claimed the No. 1 spot in the Midwest Region rankings. Texas is No. 14, the squad’s highest ranking in the poll. The Longhorns garnered the first place slot in the South Central Region poll. Texas Tech follows at No. 20, after being ranked No. 3 last season. OSU rounds out the league’s representatives at No. 26, after coming off its best NCAA finish since 2005. Kansas State received 13 votes.
The season kicks off this weekend with Baylor and Texas A&M competing on Thursday. Iowa State, Missouri, Texas and Texas Tech run on Friday, while Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will take part in events on Saturday.