BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Carleton women's cross country team moved back into the top-10, while St. Olaf and St. Thomas moved up in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-35 Poll.
The Knights moved up two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 in this week's women's cross country poll after claiming victory in a pair of meets over the weekend. Carleton showed off its depth, securing team titles with split squads at both the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Oregon and the St. Bonifacius Invitational in Minnesota. Those victories capped off the regular season for the Knights, who will rest up this weekend ahead of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championships on October 28.
St. Olaf had a big week as well, moving up five spots to No. 13 in the women's poll. The Oles also participated in two meets last Saturday, placing seventh out of 36 teams at the Pre-National Meet in Illinois and 15th out of 21 at the Tori Neubauer Invitational in Wisconsin. St. Olaf will host the 2018 MIAC Cross Country Championships at the end of the month.
St. Thomas joined the Oles in both races last weekend, placing 13th at Pre-Nationals and 16th at the Neubauer to move back into the USTFCCCA's Top-35. The 33rd-ranked Tommies will rest up this weekend for the MIAC Cross Country Championships in Northfield next Saturday.
On the men's side, St. Olaf moved up three spots to No. 30 in this week's Poll. The Oles placed third as a team at the Jim Drews Invitational in Ettrick, Wis. over the weekend. St. Olaf's next competition will be on their home campus at the 2018 MIAC Cross Country Championships.
Second-place finishes at the Lewis & Clark and St. Boni Invites returned the Carleton men back into the national conversation, as the Knights received votes in the latest Men's Top-35 Poll. The Knights will return to action with their fellow MIAC competitors next weekend at the Conference Championships.
The MIAC has a tight grip on the USTFCCCA's Central Region standings once again this week, with six of the 10 ranked women's teams hailing from the Conference. Carleton and St. Olaf remain at No. 1 and 2, followed by St. Thomas at No. 4, Gustavus at No. 6, Bethel at No. 7 and Macalester at No. 9.
Four MIAC teams are represented on the men's side, with St. Olaf leading the way at No. 3 in the Central Region, followed by Carleton at No. 5, St. Thomas at No. 7 and Saint John's at No. 9.