men's cross country continues to be ranked
in the top five
Lewis-Clark State College men’s cross
country team dropped one spot in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll
to end up at No. 5 in the nation. This marks the fourth straight week the
Warriors have been ranked in the top 10, and the second straight week they
have been in the top 5, and does even more to solidify their, already firm,
position as one of the premier cross country programs of the 2007 season.
women, who overcame both Albertson (No. 19)
and Eastern Oregon and lost only to NCAA
teams to take fifth at the Bob Firman
Invitational last week, also dropped one
spot and now are ranked No. 16.
Receiving all seven first-place votes,
Malone of Ohio holds the No. 1 spot for the
men, while Simon Fraser still stands as the
team top ranked team for the women.
Saturday both Warrior teams travel to Salem,
OR for the Willamette Invite. The men's No.
5 ranking will be challenged as they face
three of the top nine teams in the nation.
"This weekend will say a lot as the men will
run against current No. 2 Aquinas, No. 7
Concordia (CA), and No. 9 Eastern Oregon,"
LCSC coach Mike Collins says. "This will be
a good test for the men in a national
women's team will also face strong
competition, and will probably have even
more to gain or lose by their performance in
this race than the men do. Collins contends,
"If anything, this weekend is more important
for the women than the men. A lot of ranked
schools will be there, so it is a great
opportunity to move up if not solidify our
spot in the ratings." Teams participating
include, No. 8 British Columbia, No. 13
Concordia (CA), No. 14 Aquinas, No. 15 Point
Loma Nazarene, and Northwest University and
Eastern Oregon which both received votes.