Briefs: Men’s cross country, volleyball climb in national rankings

Emmett McCarthy

Mock’s win lifts Rams in poll

The Colorado State men’s cross country team has jumped five spots to No. 25 in the latest USTFCCCA Division I National Coaches Poll.

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The leap made in the polls was in large part the result of Jerrell Mock’s performance at the Mountain West championships Friday, where the team finished in second-place overall. Mock won the individual MW title by a resounding 14-second margin.

CSU remains ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA’s Mountain Region. The only MW team ranked ahead of the Rams is reigning conference champions Air Force. The women’s team, which finished fourth overall at the MW championships, remained ranked eighth in the Mountain Region. The men’s team has been ranked nationally for the entirety of the 2015 season.

The NCAA Mountain Regional meet takes place Nov. 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico where both the men’s and women’s teams will have the opportunity to quality for the national championship.

Volleyball climbs rankings

The Colorado State volleyball team moved up to No. 15 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll following back-to-back sweeps of San Diego State and Nevada over the weekend.

The Rams have steadily climbed the rankings in the last month as they remain undefeated in MW play. Three weeks ago, they came in at No. 21. The week after, that they moved up one spot to No. 20. Last week, CSU was ranked No. 18.

This week’s No. 15 ranking is the highest for the Rams since they came in at that same spot in the poll on Sept. 14. No other MW team was ranked or received votes in the most recent poll.

No. 15 CSU has a pair of road matches ahead of them, starting with a game at Air Force Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a match at New Mexico Saturday at 7 p.m.

Collegian Sports Editor Emmett McCarthy can be reached by email at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @emccarthy22.