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Not much movement for Men's and Women's Cross Country in national polls

October 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19

NEW ORLEANS – In the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s (USTFCCCA) Week 5 National Polls, the Carleton College men’s and women’s cross country teams once again figured prominently.

After reaching its highest-ever ranking last week (No. 6) since the USTFCCCA began the national poll in 2006, the Carleton women’s team stayed put at No. 6, just behind UW-Eau Claire (No. 5) and one spot ahead of St. Lawrence (No. 7). In fact, there was no movement among the top-12 teams in the poll. The squad has not competed since last week’s rankings came out.

On the men’s side, Carleton improved by one spot this week, moving into a tie for No. 20 with UW-Eau Claire. Similar to the women’s team, the men did not compete over the weekend.

The women’s team is still in control of the top spot in the Central Region rankings. Donna Ricks’ squad has sat atop that list for 32 of 38 polls dating back to the start of the 2014 season. Last week, the Carleton men fell from the top spot in the regional rankings to No. 3 for the first time this season and haven’t moved from No. 3 in the Central Region.

Both squads are wrapping up final preparations for the Pre-National meet hosted by UW-Oshkosh on Saturday, Oct. 13. That competition will be held at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis., home to the 2018 NCAA Championships.