Men’s cross country team ranked top-10 in the nation, women top-30

Michelle Gould

The latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association rankings were posted Tuesday as the Colorado State men’s cross country ranked in the top-10 for the second week in a row.

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The men’s cross country team leads the race during the Wyoming Invite in Cheyanne on Friday. The Rams won the meet with a total of 32 points with Eric Hamer, Cole Rockhold and Forrest Barton placing second through fourth. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

The men’s team remains ranked at fourth in an otherwise stacked Mountain Region, behind last year’s national champions North Arizonian University with No. 2 Brigham Young University and No. 7 Colorado both falling ahead of the Rams as well. 

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For the first time since the first week of the USTFCCCA poll in 2008, the women’s team has entered the rankings coming in at No. 30. After a successful run at the Wyoming Invite in which several new Rams found their way into scoring for the team, the rankings gave credit to the squad with a jump in the polls. 

On the men’s side, the Rams dominated the field, coming in at first over not only No.16 Air Force, but a partial roster from No. 7 Colorado and Wyoming.

In the same event, behind the guidance of experienced Minnesota transfer Bailey Ness who placed fourth at the Invite, the women’s team placed third overall, one of their best meets in recent memory.

The last time that both the men’s and women’s team were ranked in the poll was week one of the 2005 cross country season. 

The CSU cross country team will look to continue their successful season at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational. The meet will take place on Sept. 28 on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin.

Collegian sports reporter Michelle Gould can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @michellegouldd.