Cross country teams in the national rankings

NEW ORLEANS – Haverford College's men's and women's cross country teams continue to display a strong presence in the national polls with the men maintaining their hold on the No. 2 spot and the women climbing up six spots to No. 17 in the latest Division III rankings released Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Haverford men finished 17th of 37 teams in their last outing at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The Fords were the highest of the four D-III programs to run in the eight-kilometer Gold race -- populated mostly by D-I programs and won by Villanova -- and their 44-second spread between the five scoring runners was by far the narrowest gap of the D-III teams in the event and bettered by only seven other scoring quintets in the field.

The Haverford women ran to a first-place finish in the Long Course portion of the Dickinson Invitational hosted by Dickinson College over the weekend. Competing solely in the long course portion of the invitational, the Fords accumulated 20 points to finish first as a team in the 6K race. Muhlenberg College (36 points) placed second and Swarthmore College and 12th-ranked Dickinson College (45 points) tied for third.

USTFCCCA Oct. 2 national D-III rankings