The St. Lawrence University women's cross country team, ranked No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, has been selected as the only Division III squad to compete in the "gold race" at the 2010 Paul Short Invitational on October 1.
The Saints are behind only the defending national champions, UW Eau Claire, and Middlebury College in the latest poll, and trail the No. 2 Panthers by a single vote. Meanwhile, the Saints' No. 3 ranking has them ahead of other top-10 programs including Washington (MO), Geneseo State, MIT, Williams, Nebraska Wesleyan, Hope and Johns Hopkins.
With the men's cross country program ranked eighth in the latest USTFCCCA Division III Poll, it is the first time in St. Lawrence history that both teams are ranked in the top-10.
"To continue to be ranked amongst the elite teams in Division III is exciting for us, and I think we're right where we hoped to be coming into the season," said St. Lawrence head women's coach Mike Howard. "The Paul Short Invitational gives our student-athletes a chance to run against some of the best in Division I and II schools, and we're looking forward to that opportunity next Friday."
St. Lawrence, fresh off a victory at the 2010 Oneonta Invitational/Pre-Regional last week, is slated to run against some of the nation's premier Division I programs in the Paul Short Invitational's gold race. Other Division I schools in the event's top run include the unanimous No. 1 Wildcats of Villanova and national-powerhouse No. 6 Georgetown. The race is slated to begin at 11:45am in Bethlehem, PA.