NEW ORLEANS – The week one rankings from the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll were released just minutes ago, and the Northern Arizona University men's cross country team maintains its hold on the country's No. 3 ranking.
The Lumberjacks garnered 327 points in this week's poll—three more compared to the points accumulated in the preseason rankings. Syracuse and Oregon remain No. 1 and 2 in the nation, with No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Colorado closing out the top-five.
For NAU, it has been an entertaining season so far that has certainly lived up to the hype. Two races in and the Lumberjacks have two team victories to show for it, including an individual victory as well from redshirt-junior Matt Baxter last weekend at the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
In fact, the 'Jacks secured first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country course on Saturday—a course that will also play host to the 2016 NCAA Division I National Championships in November.
Redshirt-junior Cory Glines has also stood out this season for NAU, registering second-places times in both races to begin the season, while sophomore Peter Lomong has a pair of fourth-place finishes to his credit.
What is probably the most interesting tidbit of information is that All-American Futsum Zienasellassie and stud sophomore Tyler Day have yet to lace them up for the 'Jacks this season. Given the talent those two bring to the table in correlation with the performances that have already been on display in this young cross country season, the Lumberjacks look poised to accomplish great things in 2016 if they can stay healthy.
The men will not race again competitively until Friday, Oct. 14, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., while the women are back to the grind next Saturday, Sept. 24, in Minneapolis, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.
For the full week one national rankings, click here.