Men's Cross Country Leaps to No. 12 in New National Poll
Oct. 2, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--The latest national poll released this morning by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has Villanova ranked No. 12, a jump of 10 spots for the Wildcats from last week. Villanova also moved up to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, jumping one spot from last week.
In their first scored meet of the season the Wildcats won the team title at the Paul Short Run last Friday. Sophomore Sam McEntee, senior Mathew Mildenhall and freshman Jordy Williamsz all finished in the top 10 individually and Villanova scored 69 team points to easily beat out William & Mary (100), Georgetown (101) and the rest of the field of 37 teams.
There are four BIG EAST teams ranked in the national top 30, including Syracuse (No. 10), Villanova, Notre Dame (13) and Georgetown (tie-20). In addition to the Wildcats and the Hoyas the Mid-Atlantic Region is also represented by Princeton, which comes in at No. 11 in the national poll and holds the No. 1 regional ranking.
Villanova had the second-biggest jump from last week's poll after its strong performance at the Paul Short Run. The last time the Wildcats were ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls during the regular season was in the October 4, 2004 poll when Villanova also was No. 12. More recently the Wildcats were ranked No. 11 in the end-of-season poll in 2009 after an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The next meet for Villanova is the Pre-NCAA Meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville on Saturday, October 13.