Women's and Men's Cross Country Ranked No. 13 and No. 21 in NAIA Coaches' Poll


October 30, 2013


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Led by two top-10 finishes in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, hosted by Aquinas (Mich.) on Oct. 26 in Grand Rapids, Mich. the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams each rose in the most recent edition of the Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25, with the women making the largest jump, moving 10 spots to No. 13 while the men improved four spots to No. 21.

The women’s team is ranked inside the top-15 for the first time since being ranked No. 7 in the final poll of the 2009 season. Tech garnered 375 points in the poll and is the top ranked Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference team. Cornerstone (Mich.) is also ranked in the top-25, coming in at No. 21 with 236 points while Aquinas (Mich.) is also receiving votes, coming in with 106 points and 27th in the nation.

The Warriors moved up thanks to a fourth place finish at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge with a season-best time of 1:34:19 thanks to a trip of personal best times from Becca Lamb, Cherie Gaines and Brenna Conger.

The men’s team is No. 21 with 203 points while Aquinas was the top WHAC school to be ranked, coming in seventh, falling four spots, with 494 points. The Orange and Black moved up four spots thanks to a sixth place finish at the event, finishing in a season-best time of 2:10:32, led by a 10th-place finish by Aaron Belcher.

The Warriors will take their No. 13 and No. 21 rankings into the WHAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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