View Full Version : Men's Cross Country Ranked!

Angelo Roncalli
10-17-2011, 12:14 PM
GU ranked #14 in the West region. I believe this the first time that a Gonzaga CC team has ever been ranked.

WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
1 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
2 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
3 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
4 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
5 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
6 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
7 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
8 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
9 Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. Big West
10 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
11 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
12 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
13 Idaho Moscow, Idaho WAC
14 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
15 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West


10-17-2011, 02:19 PM
Wow. Way to go GU x-country!

10-17-2011, 02:30 PM
That's exciting!

USF and Santa Clara both have tough squads also.

Less than 2 weeks to see if Gonzaga can live up to that ranking at the WCC championship. It is going to be one of the most competitve conference championships ever.

BYU has got to be the slight favorite coming in. If they can upend Portland that will be huge as Portland has had a 30 year stranglehold on the conference championship.

So, it is between BYU and Portland for 1st and 2nd.

Gonzaga could get 3rd, but it won't be easy. I hope that the powers that be consider sending Gonzaga Men's team to the regional championships this year considering that there are 2 national power house teams at the top of the WCC heap.

Interesting that Idaho is ranked right ahead of us. Idaho beat Gonzaga by a mere 9 points in September, but GU was missing a couple of its top guys in that meet.

One more tidbit for the XC geeks who might be peeking at this thread. Gonzaga's strength this year is phenomenal depth. At the most recent meet for GU, Gonzaga had only a 12 second gap between its top runner and its 5th runner. There were 15 runners for Gonzaga within 60 seconds of Gonzaga's top finisher. Year's ago when I ran for Gonzaga, there was often a 2 or 3 minute gap from 1st to 5th and we didn't even have 15 guys on the team!!

Angelo Roncalli
10-17-2011, 04:11 PM
from the athletic dept:

SPOKANE, Wash. (October 17, 2011 – http://www.gozags.com) – There’s another ranked team on the Gonzaga University campus today.
The Bulldog men’s cross country team cracked the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Regional rankings for the first time in school history, checking in at No. 14 Monday.
“There’s a little excitement. Some of the teammates are responding and sending e-mails out,” head coach Pat Tyson said. “Especially guys like Chris Boyle (senior redshirting this season) who’s been here and seen the transition. He’s always hoped this would happen. It’s a dream come true for guys like Boyle, Andrew Walker and Tate Kelly as others who have been here awhile. Some of the alums like Brett Withers, Matt Bear and Ian Berge saying we were here and knew it was happening. It’s exciting now that it has.”
The Bulldogs are gearing up for the West Coast Conference Championship Oct. 30. Tyson said if the Bulldogs can finish third he’ll guarantee they’ll go to the West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., on the Stanford University campus. Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the West Regional this week. The University of Portland, ranked second, is the only other WCC school ranked in the West. WCC newcomer BYU heads the Mountain Regional poll ahead of the University of Colorado. BYU was ranked fourth nationally last week, while Portland was 12th.
Tyson doesn’t see it as pressure, and hopes his team doesn’t, either.
“There are many ways to look at it. You can look at it as pressure, but I see it as a feather in your cap or a stripe on your jersey that you deserve to be here and that you deserve to go to regionals,” Tyson said. “If we go to regionals and get our feet wet and see what we do next year when Boyle is back, then maybe you can consider a berth to the NCAA Championship.”

10-17-2011, 11:13 PM
Way to go XC. Hope Tyson can stick around & that the school can better fund the program.

10-18-2011, 07:56 AM
Way to go XC. Hope Tyson can stick around & that the school can better fund the program.


Tyson has done an exceptional job with no scholarship support. Think about what he could pull off with a fully funded program. Pipe dream, I know.

Angelo Roncalli
10-21-2011, 12:14 AM
Track/cross country will likely receive more funding next season.

10-21-2011, 04:05 PM
Good news, Angelo. Tyson is an elite coach IMO & I would love to see what he can do with some resources. He's in his early sixties; the clock is ticking.