Both Rams cross country teams ranked in the same week for first time since 2005
The Colorado State men's cross country team has been ranked No. 10 in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association. The Rams' women's team made its debut in the USTFCCCA's national rankings for the first time in a decade, coming in at No. 30 this week.
This marks the first time since Week 1 of the 2005 season that Colorado State's women's and men's cross country teams have been ranked concurrently.
On the men’s side, the Rams have now been ranked in the top 10 in consecutive weeks. This is the third time in program history that Colorado State men's cross country has been voted in the USTFCCCA's national top 10 in consecutive weeks. In 2017, the CSU men’s team was ranked in the top 10 from weeks five through seven. And in 2003, the Rams were ranked no lower than 10th in two of the first four weeks of the season.
On the women's side, Colorado State enters the USTFCCCA's national rankings for the first time since the Week 1 poll in 2008.
Looking at the regional rankings, the CSU men remain fourth in the Mountain Region behind consensus national No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU and No. 7 Colorado. The women’s team currently sits at fifth in the Mountain Region behind No. 1 New Mexico, No. 2 Colorado, No. 10 Utah State and No. 17 BYU.
Recap from CSU Athletics:
Last time out, the Rams topped the men's field at the Wyoming Invite, defeating No. 16 Air Force, a partial squad from No. 7 Colorado and host Wyoming. Seniors Eric Hamer (second) and Cole Rockhold (third) as well as junior Forrest Barton (fourth) combined to take spots No. 2 through No. 4 individually at the meet.
The Rams' women placed third behind only No. 2 Colorado and only two points shy of Air Force despite two of their top projected returners, Ali Kallner and Macy Kreutz, being unavailable. Five of the Rams' top seven were newcomers, while four of those aforementioned runners were freshmen. One of those newcomers, Bailey Ness, paced the Rams with a fourth-place individual finish.
The Colorado State cross country team returns to action at one of the most competitive regular-season meets of the year, the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational. Action begins at 10 a.m. MT/11 a.m. CT on Sept. 28 from the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wis.
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