Oct. 7, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Only a few days after finishing fourth at the highly competitive Notre Dame Invitational, the University of Minnesota men's cross country team has moved up to fourth in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region poll.
Ahead of the Gophers sits Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Oklahoma in first, second and third, respectively.
Minnesota's performance in South Bend on Friday unquestionably helped the program's standing in the regional poll. Tulsa, ranked seventh nationally last week, was one of only three teams at the competition to finish ahead of the Gophers in second -- No. 30 Columbia won the meet while No. 9 Princeton came in third. Among the field of competitors behind the Gophers were nationally ranked teams including No. 16 Colorado State, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 24 Virginia and No. 26 Florida State.
The Gophers are off this weekend before splitting up for a pair of meets on Oct. 19. A contingency will head to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational -- Minnesota's third-straight meet with numerous nationally ranked teams competiting. Another group of Gophers will head to the Jim Drew Invitational in West Salem, Wis.
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