Fresh of its win at the 2010 Oneonta Invitational/Pre-Regional race, the St. Lawrence University men's cross country team has jumped up four places and is now the No. 8 team in the country.
The Saints were the biggest mover in the top-15 this week, leaping from their previous No. 12 ranking. With the women's program ranked third 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.
"The guys have been training very hard and I'm proud of the way we competed on Friday at the Oneonta Invitational," said St. Lawrence head men's cross country coach John Newman. "To be ranked eighth in the country is a testament to their effort, but we have a long way to go and several key races on the horizon."
North Central (IL) climbed to No. 1 in the latest poll, as Washington (MO) slipped to No. 2. Allegheny, Haverford and Geneseo State round out the top-5, while St. Lawrence jumped ahead of several impressive teams including Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, UW La Crosse and Williams College.
The Saints will next compete in the prestigious Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Friday, October 1st. The event is a multi-divisional race, and St. Lawrence has been placed in the event's "gold" grouping, meaning they will run against Division I powerhouses such as nationally-ranked No. 10 Iona, No. 22 Virginia, No. 24 Princeton and No. 25 Georgetown as well as top Division III teams Allegheny and Haverford. The race is slated to begin at 11:00am in Bethlehem, PA.