Both the Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s cross country teams are now receiving votes in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, released on Tuesday.
– EKU received 25 points in the poll, placing them just behind Washington and two spots outside of the top-30.
– The Colonels impressed at the loaded Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational last Friday in South Bend, placing fifth out of 21 teams and defeating three nationally ranked squads.
– Eastern has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the country (2016).
– The Colonels also jumped N.C. State to reach No. 4 in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region rankings, released by the USTFCCCA on Monday.
– EKU received three points in the poll, placing the Colonels just behind the likes of Michigan State (11), Vanderbilt (11), Notre Dame (eight) and Florida State (five).
– It is the first time the Colonels have received votes in the national poll since September of 2015, and only the fourth week ever they have received votes.
– Eastern finished sixth out of 37 teams at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, defeating the likes Louisville, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
– Like the men, the women jumped one spot to No. 4 in the most recent Southeast Region rankings, released on Monday.
– Junior All-American Charlotte Imer used her second-place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic to crack FloTrack’s top-25 individual rankings, also released on Monday.
The cross country teams have this weekend off before returning to action October 13-14 at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational and the NCAA Pre-National Invitational.
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