The Lewis-Clark State College men’s cross country team was slotted eighth in the nation in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, released Wednesday by the national office.
The Warrior women held onto their No. 11 spot in the rankings, which are determined by a poll of head coaches nationwide.
Both LCSC programs competed at the prestigious Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette University, on Saturday.
Lewis-Clark State’s men’s team finished third overall, while the women placed fourth in the team standings.
For their performances during the week, Dave Marks and Kelsey Klettke were named the Frontier Conferences Male and Female Runners of the Week, respectively.
LCSC’s men’s team remains the only Frontier Conference squad inside the Top 25, though new conference member Dickinson State received votes this week.
Southern Oregon held onto the top spot in the men’s poll with 11 of 21 first-place votes and 579 overall points, but Cal-State San Marcos was just six points behind and garnered five first-place votes.
The Warriors got 453 points.
On the women’s side, Carroll held steady at No. 6 in this week’s rankings, with Rocky Mountain tied for 14th.
Cal-State San Marcos regained the top spot in the poll, receiving 16 of 20 first-place votes and 586 points overall to unseat the University of British Columbia, which topped the rankings for the past two weeks.
The Warriors received 400 points.
Both Warrior teams return to action on Oct. 13 at the Inland Empire Championships in Lewiston, which will be run on a temporary course in a farm field in the orchards.