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MSU Women’s Cross Country Ranked No. 9 In First Coaches Poll

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NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The Michigan State women’s cross country team was ranked No. 9 in the first coaches poll of the 2020 season.

The Spartan women last season won their seventh Big Ten title in program history, and their first one since 2014. It was also their fifth title in the last 10 seasons. The team entered the conference championship race ranked No. 9 in the nation and upset the No. 8 and No. 7 teams for the title. The team went on to win their regional meet in what was also their 19th straight NCAA appearance as a team. At the NCAA Championship meet, the Spartans came in sixth place.

The Big Ten announced in August that fall sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, would be postponed indefinitely. Later the NCAA announced the 2020 NCAA Championship would also be postponed until March 15, 2021.

All-Region performers junior Jenna Magness and senior Sarah Kettel return for the Spartans this season. Senior India Johnson who garnered second-team All-Big Ten honors is also back for MSU.

No updates have been given by the Big Ten to date regarding updates to a start date for the postponed season.