Bearcat Men's Cross Country Remains #4 in NCAA Division III Rankings; Women's Team Holds #8

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's cross country team maintained its #4 national ranking this week, in the new NCAA Division III National Rankings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Oct. 10 The Willamette women's team, which was tied for #8 in last week's rankings, is alone at #8 in the rankings this week.

Calvin College (Mich.) remained #1 in the men's rankings, with all eight first place votes. New York University stayed at #2 and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse continued to hold #3. Following Willamette's fourth place ranking were SUNY Cortland at #5, Haverford College (Pa.) at #6, St. John's University (Minn.) at #7, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at #8 and Augustana College (Ill.) and North Central College (Ill.) tied for #10.

In the women's rankings, Amherst College still held the #1 position with seven first place votes. Calvin maintained the #2 spot and received one first place vote. Washington University (Mo.) was #3, with SUNY Geneseo at #4, Williams College (Mass.) at #5, SUNY Plattsburgh at #6, Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) at #7 and Willamette at #8. Wisconsin-Platteville, which was tied with Willamette for #8 a week ago, dropped to #9, while the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire remained at #10.

Willamette's next cross country competition is set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mike Hodges Invitational in Oregon City, Ore. The meet, hosted by Clackamas Community College, will feature many of the top collegiate runners in Oregon, with entries from NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III and the NJCAA.

USTFCCCA Rankings - NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country (Oct. 10, 2007)
USTFCCCA Rankings - NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country (Oct. 10, 2007)