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Women’s XC Shares Top Spot With Middlebury in Pre-Season National Poll - Men Ranked Seventh

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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USTFCCA Division III National Rankings

The Calvin women’s cross country team shares the top spot in the first set of Division III women’s national rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Knights share the number-one spot with defending national champion Middlebury (VT). Both teams picked up a total of 275 points in the poll although Middlebury received five of a possible eight first place votes with Calvin receiving the remaing three votes. Calvin finished second at last year’s NCAA III Cross Country Championships, recording points 237 points with Middlebury winning with a score of 179 points.  Middlebury, the top-ranked team in the New England Region, will field a young but experienced team for the ’09 cross country season as five of the top seven runners from last year’s championship squad all return. The top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region, Calvin also returns five of its top seven runners from a year ago. Calvin is led by seniors Lauren Bergstrom, Jessica Koster, and Jesi Hale. Bergstrom finished 21st individually at the national meet last year.

The complete women’s poll can be found online at: NCAA III Women’s XC Pre-Season Poll

Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s cross country team is ranked seventh in the first Division III men’s rankings. North Central (IL) is the top-ranked team, receiving six of a possible eight first place votes. Wisconsin-LaCrosse is ranked second with Cortland State of New York ranked third, Williams (MA) ranked fourth, Geneseo State (NY) ranked fifth, Allegheny (PA) ranked sixth and Calvin seventh.

The complete men’s pre-season poll can be found online at: NCAA III Men’s Cross Country Poll

Both Calvin cross country teams will open their seasons on September 19 in hosting the Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex.

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