NEW ORLEANS — Following a one-week absence from the national poll, the Carleton College men's cross country team climbed back into the rankings and sits at No. 33 in this week's USTFCCCA listing. In the regional rankings, the Knights switched places with St. Thomas, sliding up to 5th in the central region.
The Knights earned their return to the national rankings with a strong second-place finish at the Lewis and Clark Invitational held in Estacada, Ore. Carleton put five runners in the top 30 at that event and finished second out of 13 teams, behind only NAIA No. 2-ranked Southern Oregon and well ahead of a trio of Division III West Region teams.
Prior to this season, the Knights had not been ranked since 2007.
The Knights take a weekend off from competition before the MIAC Championships in St. Paul on Nov. 2.