Providence, RI- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) released week four regional rankings for the NCAA Division I 2011 season on Monday afternoon. The men's squad moved up three spots from last week and cracked the top five, and the women's team moved up two spots to rank ninth in this week's poll.
"The staff is pleased with the efforts of our student-athletes thus far and feel we are making measurable progress," said Head Women's Cross Country Coach Mitchell Baker. "The rankings are a subjective measure of our team against those in the region and, after the Paul Short meet at Lehigh last weekend where we faced some regional opponents, the voting pushed the men up three spots and the women up two. It's nice for parents, alumni, and prospective student-athletes to have a general sense of our current standing, but within our team the focus remains entirely on our own training and preparation for the championship season. We look forward to the challenge of races that determine our strength through head-to-head scoring."
Tomorrow, less than a dozen of the Bears' developing athletes on each of the men's and women's team will be competing at the New England Championships in Boston, Mass. The others will stay back and continue to prepare for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted at Princeton on Oct. 29.