When the St. Ambrose women's cross country team opens the season on Friday, it will have an even larger target on its back. The Queen Bees are ranked 19th in the NAIA preseason coaches poll, coming off back-to-back Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships and Top 25 finishes at NAIA Nationals.|
The ranking marks the highest the Queen Bees have ever been ranked, coming in ahead of the 22nd place ranking in the postseason poll following the 2012 season.
SAU returns its entire top 7 from the team that broke school records for team time in race distances of 4K, 5K and 6K a year ago. The Queen Bees also return grad student Becca Wilder (Grad., Davenport Central) who broke the school record for 5K last season and sophomore Nicole Woodall (So., Midland/Henry Senachwine) who broke the freshman record for 5K a year ago.
It's the third time in team history the Queen Bees have cracked the Top 25.
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