Cross Country Teams Appear in National Rankings

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 6, 2004

For the first time this fall, both the men's and women's cross country teams at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs have made the national rankings.

The women's team, unranked a week ago, shot all the way to 15th on the strength of an impressive performance at Saturday's Boulder Shootout, where the Mountain Lions topped then-No. 10 Colorado School of Mines.

The men's team was ranked No. 17 on the poll, which is conducted by NCAA Division II cross country coaches. It was a slip of two spots for the Mountain Lions men despite an equally impressive second-place showing at Boulder. A pair of Eastern schools, Shippensberg (Penn.) and Stonehill (Mass.) leapfrogged CU-Colorado Springs.

Men's Rankings
Team, Region, Last Week
1. Adams State (CO), NC, 1
2. Western State (CO), NC, 2 '
3. California State â€" Chico, W, 3
4. Abilene Christian (TX), SC, 5
5. Harding (AR), S, 4
6. Grand Valley St. (MI), GL, 7
7. Lock Haven (PA), E, 6
8. Univ of Mass - Lowell, NE, 8
9. South Dakota, NC, 12
10. Univ of Minn - Mankata, NC, 9
11. Hillsdale (MI), GL, 10
12. Lewis Univ (IL), GL, 11
13. Shippensburg (PA), E, 24
14. UC San Diego, W, 13
15. Cal Poly - Pomona, W, 14
16. Stonehill (MA), NE, 16
17. Colorado - Colorado Springs, NC, 15
18. Edinboro (PA), E, 18
19. Southern Connecticut, NE, 19
20. Univ of Minn - Duluth, NC, â
21. Southern Indiana - Evansville, GL, â
22. Kennesaw State (GA), S, 22
23. Mars Hill (NC), SE, 23
24. Central Missouri, SC, 24
25. Saginaw Valley St., (MI), GL â

Women's Rankings
Team, Region, Last Week
1. Adams State (CO), NC, 1
2. Western State (CO), NC, 2
3. California State â€" Chico, W, 4
4. Edinboro (PA), E, 6
5. Grand Valley State (MI), GL, 3
6. Northern Michigan, GL, 5
7. Harding (AR), S, 8
8. Truman State(MO), SC, 7
9. Kennesaw State (GA), S, 9
10. UC San Diego, W, 19
11. Alabama â€" Huntsville, S, 12
12. Tampa (FL), S, 11
13. North Dakota, NC, 18
14. Southern Indiana, GL, 14
15. UC- Colorado Springs, NC, â
16. Wayne State (MI), GL, 15
17. Stonehill (MA), NE, 16
18. Ferris State (MI), GL, â
19. Hillsdale (MI), GL, 17
20. Missouri Southern, SC, 23
21. Colorado School of Mines, NC, 10
22. Central Missouri, SC, 24
23. Univ of Nebraska â€" Omaha, NC, â
24. Univ of South Dakota, NC, 13
25. Indiana Univ of PA, E, 25

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