UCCS Remains Steady at No. 14 in Second Week of National Polls

By Jared Verner published September 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - With most of the top teams taking last weekend off, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs remained at No. 14 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Poll released this morning. Only three teams among the top 35 changed position with less than a month before more conference championships.

The Mountain Lions are one of four RMAC teams ranked in the top 15 of the rankings, double any other conference in Division II. A fifth team, New Mexico Highlands, makes it five RMAC teams in the top 30 of the poll.

UCCS won its last meet with a perfect score at the Colorado College Invitational on Sept. 15 with the top six runners, nine of the top 11 and 10 of the top 15 at the meet. The Mountain Lions also performed well in the non-scoring Rust Buster meet on Sept. 8 with the top five UCCS runners placing ahead of the second-best runner from Metro State and the third-best runner from New Mexico Highlands.

Emilio Trujillo has won both meets of the season with 18:51 on the six-kilometer course at the Rust Buster and 26:08 on the eight-kilometer course at the Colorado College Invitational. Both races took place at Monument Valley Park in downtown Colorado Springs, where the RMAC Championships will take place next month.

The Mountain Lions will be back in action this Saturday in the 27th Annual Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota. UCCS will join Black Hills State at the meet as teams from the RMAC.

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