Willamette Women's Runners are Seventh, Men's Team is Fifth, in NCAA Division III Rankings

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University women's team moved up one spot to #7 and the WU men's team dropped one spot to #5 in the NCAA Division III National Rankings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Willamette was the only NCAA Division III university on the West Coast with both of its teams ranked in the Top 10. Nationally, the only other Division III members with both teams ranked in the Top 10 were Calvin College, Mich. (men #1, women #2), and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (men #7, women #10).

Calvin remained #1 in the men's rankings, with all eight first place votes. New York University continued to hold the #2 spot and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse retained its position at #3. Haverford College (Pa.), ranked #6 last week, moved up to #4, as Willamette went to #5. The men's NCAA Division III Top 10 also includes SUNY Cortland at #6, UW-Platteville at #7, North Central College (Ill.) at #8, St. John's University (Minn.) at #9 and Ohio Northern University at #10.

In the women's rankings, Amherst College kept control of the #1 position with all eight first place votes. Calvin stayed at #2, while Washington University (Mo.) remained at #3. SUNY Geneseo was ranked #4, Williams College (Mass.) was #5, SUNY Plattsburgh held #6 and Willamette took over #7. Also in the Top 10 were Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) at #8, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at #9 and UW-Platteville at #10.

The Bearcats will run a select group of athletes on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Beaver Classic, hosted by Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Race time is set for 9:45 a.m. (PDT). Willamette's Northwest Conference runners will rest until the NWC Championships at Willamette Mission State Park near Wheatland, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 27. The NWC women's race is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (PDT), with the men's race set to begin at 12 p.m. (PDT).

USTFCCCA Rankings - NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country (Oct. 17 2007)
USTFCCCA Rankings - NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country (Oct. 17, 2007)