The Western Washington University men are ranked No. 18 and the women No. 19 in their respective United States Track & field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Cross Country National Pre-season Polls released Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Winners of the past two national titles and five of the past six, Adams State is the unanimous No. 1 pick for the men, earning all eight first-place votes.
Having won back-to-back national crowns, Grand Valley State is the unanimous favorite for the women.
The WWU women placed 18th at nationals last fall, and the Viking men finished 20th.
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The Viking men have made seven straight national appearances and the WWU women have gone to nationals in five of the last six seasons.