DURHAM, N.H. – The men's (12th) and women's (10th) cross country teams at the University of New Hampshire each earned a spot in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll released Monday.
It is the first time in the 2013 season the men have broken into the rankings while the women have been consistently ranked each of the past four weeks. In the first three weekly polls, the women were ranked 14th.
The spike in rankings comes as a result of stellar performances at the Boston College Invitational. On the men's side, the Wildcats finished seventh of 14 teams as they competed against nationally ranked squads such as eight-ranked Wisconsin and ninth-ranked Syracuse. Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) lead the way for New Hampshire as he finished 24th of 140 racers with a time of 25:00.
The women, who competed against the nation's top-ranked Providence College Friars and the third-ranked Oregon Ducks, finished seventh of 14 teams as well. Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) was the top finisher for the Wildcats as she placed 13th with a time of 17:34.
The teams are back in action Saturday, Oct. 5 as they will compete at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. The race kicks off at 10 a.m.