Haverford cross country teams each ranked in top 10 heading into national meet

NEW ORLEANS - Haverford College is just one of three Division III institutions in the country that can boast two top-10 nationally-ranked cross country programs as the NCAA cross country championships loom this weekend.

Holding the top men’s spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll for the last three weeks, the Fords ran away with the Mideast regional crown last Saturday, Nov. 10. The Haverford men will be looking to continue their success at the national level as they placed second at last year’s national championships and took the title in 2010.

The women's team, ranked 26th in the national poll when the season began, has gradually risen throughout the season to its current position of eighth (tied with Wartburg College and Hope College). The Fords moved up five spots in the poll this week due to their impressive performance at the Mideast regional championship where Haverford finished second in a highly competitive field to nab one of the automatic bids to the national race.

Middlebury and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are the other programs that have both squads residing in the top tier of the rankings. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will host the NCAA D-III championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 17. The men’s race begins at 11 a.m. while the women follow at noon.

USTFCCCA D-III polls, Nov. 12 (PDF)