Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- April 25, 2000

Cal Poly Debaters Ranked No. 1 in West Debate Program

For the second time in four years, Cal Poly's Debate team ended its season as the No. 1-ranked intercollegiate cross-examination debate program in the West region.

Cal Poly was fourth in the West in 1999, second in 1998 and first in 1997.

Cal Poly was ranked No. 24 in the national standings, according to final rankings released by the Cross Examination Debate Association.

In all, 170 colleges and universities were listed in the association's final season rankings. The No. 24 position is the team's highest finish in the national standings since 1986, when the university's debate program ended the year at No. 21.

During the season, Cal Poly's team competed in 13 tournaments, winning awards in all but three. The debaters won a season total of 14 team awards and 22 individual speaking awards, including five tournament championships and four division top-speaker awards.

For more information, visit the team's Web site at

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