Not only have BYU and Weber State cracked the national rankings in football this week, they also have made the national rankings in cross country - in both the men's and women's rankings.
BYU's men's team ranks seventh nationally this week; it's women's team ranks fifth.Weber State ranks 19th in the men's rankings and 22nd in the women's rankings.
The Cougar men won the 15-team Rocky Mountain Shootout last weekend in Boulder, Colo. Their top finishers, in order, were Carl Hansen (ninth overall), Dave Baca, Brandon Rhoads, Doug Hobbs and David Spence.
In the meantime, BYU's women's team was winning the 14-team Stanford Invitational. The team's top performers were Nicole Birk, Dorota Bucckowska, Leanne Whitesides, Tonya Todd and Sondra Gibb. Birk and Bucckowska finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in a field of 102 runners.
For BYU, national rankings are nothing new. Weber State's men's team also has made the national rankings before. But no women's team at Weber State has ever been voted to the Division 1 national rankings in any sport until this week.
The Lady Wildcats' top runners are Karen Packham, Michelle Sloan, Cindy Reeder, Cathy Jolley, Debbie Howard, Alydia Anderson and Cheryl Hannay. Reeder, Jolley and Hannay are all from Utah high schools.
"It's kind of exciting for us," says Coach Jim Blaisdell. "The girls have been running real well."
The Lady Wildcats have finished second at the Fresno Invitational, first at the Montana State Invitational and fourth at the Minnesota Invitational (behind three ranked teams).
Weber State's men's team is led by Kurt Black, Bob Durtschi, Brad Barton, Duane West and Brian DeVries.