With another solid performance at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the Baylor women's cross country team moved up nine spots to No. 12 in the week five edition of the National Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The ranking is BU's highest since being ranked No. 12 in both week two and three of the 2009 season.
The Lady Bears were among teams receiving votes for the first three polls of 2016, before debuting at No. 21 two weeks ago. On Monday, Baylor also moved up to No. 2 in the USTFCCCA's South Central region rankings, which is its highest ranking since also being No. 2 in the fifth week of the 2015 season.
Over the weekend, Baylor placed fifth in a field of 31 teams at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. BU beat seven teams that were at the time ranked ahead of it in the USTFCCCA coaches rankings, including No. 6 Michigan State, No. 10 Boise State, No. 15 BYU, No. 17 Yale, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 19 San Francisco and No. 20 Syracuse.
On the season, the Lady Bears boast a 59-12 record and a 17-8 mark against ranked teams. There are only seven teams in the country with a better win percentage against ranked foes than Baylor.
BU is the now the highest ranked Big 12 team, ahead of Iowa State (No. 15) and Oklahoma State (No. 18).
Both the Baylor men’s and women’s cross country teams will be off this weekend before heading to the Big 12 Championship in Lubbock on Oct. 29.