Men's cross country ranked fifth in region
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs cross country team is ranked fifth in the North Central Region, according to the coaches poll released Monday.
Western State, which won the national championship in 2004, remains atop the regional poll and will likely be ranked No. 2 nationally as well. Fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference power Adams State is second, followed by South Dakota and Minnesota State-Mankato.
â€œWestern State picked up a New Zealand runner again, but I don't know anything about him,â€ said UCCS coach Graeme Badger. â€œ(The Mountaineers) had a large number of freshmen last year that red shirted and now can compete. I would suggest that they still are No. 1 in the nation until someone kicks them out.
â€œAdams State lost some really good guys, but have numerous new runners,â€ added Badger, who suggested that the Grizzlies might be ranked No. 3 nationally.
North Central Region Coachesâ€TM Poll
1. Western State College
2. Adams State College
3. South Dakota
5. Colorado-Colorado Springs
7. Colorado School of Mines
8. Augustana College
9. Fort Hays State
10. University of North Dakota
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