NEW ORLEANS – The Northern Arizona University men's cross country team—after securing the first-place spot in the regional rankings yesterday for the second-consecutive week—moved up to No. 2 in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, announced this morning.
The Lumberjack men garnered a season-high 335 points in the national poll, besting previous No. 2 Oregon by one point. The defending national champion Syracuse Orange reclaimed the top overall spot for the second-straight week, while the Ducks fell to No. 3 and Stanford and Colorado remained at four and five, respectively.
This is the highest the Lumberjack men have been ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll since week three of 2014, where they also sat at No. 2 in the country. The NAU squad that season went on to place fourth at NCAA Division I National Championships.
Moving forward, it is interesting to note that while the 'Cuse have been the unanimous No. 1 team during this short cross country season so far, the 'Jacks only find themselves 25 points back of the Orange. Previously, NAU has been ranked No. 1 in the country only once and that was back in 2013 during the final week of the national poll. The Lumberjacks went on to tie their highest finish at NCAA's with a runner-up team performance.
The next race the NAU men will compete at will be the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 14.
For the complete week two national rankings, click here.