NEW ORLEANS -- In the first regular poll of the 2012 season, Washington was selected as the top team in the country by voters of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Washington overtook Oregon from the No. 1 spot, a place the Ducks held in the preseason poll two weeks ago. Washington’s women won the national title in 2008, finished as the nation’s runner up a year ago, and were last voted as the top team in the country on November 17, 2009.

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Four women’s teams are receiving first-place votes. No. 2 Oregon actually received more first-place votes than No. 1 Washington. No. 3 Florida State notched two first-place votes while No. 4 Georgetown, the defending NCAA champions, gained one.

Toledo jumped five spots to No. 18, their highest position in the history of the poll. The Dons of San Francisco gained a spot to No. 19 to improve their all-time best ranking.

The Big East and Pac-12 both have five women’s teams in the top 30 to lead all leagues. The Big East sports No. 4 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence, No. 10 Villanova, No. 20 Syracuse, and No. 21 Notre Dame. Along with five in the top 30, the Pac-12 has three in the top ten with Washington, Oregon, and No. 8 Syracuse.