NEW ORLEANS, La. – MIT men's cross country made a monumental leap to No. 5 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Poll that was released on Wednesday afternoon, marking the first time in program history that the Engineers have ever been in the top five. Tech also moved up significantly in the New England regional rankings, catapulting from No. 6 to No. 1.
Sitting near the bottom of the men's poll at No. 28 just one week ago, the Engineers took down No. 5 Bowdoin College, No. 7 Bates College and No. 11 Tufts University at the Southern Maine Invitational this past weekend to leap a whopping 23 spots into the No. 5 spot this week. The highest MIT has ever been ranked prior to this was No. 7 during the 2011 season.
Opening the season at USM last Saturday, MIT placed five runners within the top 13 for a team score of 37, leaving a gap of almost 50 points between it and the rest of the field. Bates wrapped up the meet with a score of 85, Bowdoin followed with 86 and Tufts rounded out the top four teams with a score of 95.
For the second week in a row, the MIT women's squad is ranked third nationally, sitting behind No. 1 Johns Hopkins University and No. 2 Wartburg College. Tech remains first in New England.
MIT returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 28 when it travels to Williams College for the annual Purple Valley Invitational. Williams is currently sitting in ninth place in the national rankings.