MOUNT PLEASANT – The women’s cross country team moved up two spots to seventh place in the Great Lakes Region in the most recent U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings released late Monday afternoon, which according to a press release from the organization are “the most important of the season.”
Following Saturday’s second-place showing at the MAC Championship meet in Muncie, Ind., the women jumped Mid-American Conference foe Miami and the Big Ten’s Indiana to move from ninth to seventh. The current ranking ties the previous season-high point in the ranking for the Chippewas, which came in the preseason poll.
Central Michigan is now the second-highest ranked MAC team in the region, behind MAC champion Toledo at No. 5.
Also representing the MAC are No. 10 Ohio and No. 11 Eastern Michigan.
Despite an equally impressive second place finish in Muncie and sophomore Tecumseh Adams’ individual MAC Championship effort, the men’s team fell one spot in the Great Lakes Region from 10th to 11th.
The Chippewas are second amongst MAC teams in the region, trailing MAC champion Eastern Michigan by five spots. CMU is ranked ahead of both No. 13 Kent State and No. 15 Ohio.
Monday’s poll marks the last before the NCAA Regional Meets begin Nov. 14. Central Michigan will travel to Toledo to attempt to qualify for the national meet.