(NEW ORLEANS) – Both of Walsh's cross country teams remain ranked in the top 25 nationally in the polls released today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This week the men's team rose two spots to No. 17 for a new season best. The women's team dropped down six spots, but still come in the top 20 at No. 16.
The men's team improved two spots after an impressive performance at the Conference Crossover hosted by Lewis University with top teams from around the nation. The Cavaliers finished seventh out of 27 teams on the day. A total of nine teams ranked in this week's top 25 poll competed in the race. Walsh is still the highest ranked team nationally from the G-MAC.
Adams State remains at No. 1 followed by Grand Valley State at No. 2. Colorado Mines, Chico State and Western State complete the top five with Chico and Western both tied for the fourth spot. Western came in first at the Conference Crossover.
The women's team also faced stiff competition with nine teams ranked in this week's top 25 appearing at Lewis. The Cavaliers ended up sixth on the women's side at the Conference Crossover and edged out Queens (N.C.) for the position based on tiebreakers after each team's top five both scored 201 points. A total of 28 teams ran at Lewis.
Like the men's side, Adams State remains at No. 1. Western State, which also won the women's race in the Conference Crossover, switched places with Grand Valley State and is the new No. 2 team in the nation. After the Lakers come the University of Mary and Colorado Mines to complete the top five.
In the regional standings, the women are in the No. 2 spot. The men are now No. 3.
The Cavaliers return to action next weekend in Pittsburgh as they head to Schenley Park Golf Course to run the first race on a new course that will be used for this year's national championships. Those races will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20.