All of last weekend’s cross country drama has yielded major improvements for the HepsNation squads in both the regional and national polls. I know it’s only the halfway point of the season, but it’s getting pretty exciting…
In the men’s polls, we have not one BUT TWO men squads now officially nationally ranked. Both the Princeton and Columbia men have returned to the national ranks after not even being receiving votes in previous releases this season after their 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the Princeton Inter-Regional Meet on Saturday. Dartmouth continues to receive votes in the national poll, but not enough to earn a formal ranking (although they are equivalent to #37 as they are tied with Arizona State). The Tigers are now #27 while Columbia are now #28. This is Princeton’s return to the national ranks as they were last ranked after Week 4 of the 2014 season. Columbia’s time off the rankings is a little bit longer as they were last given a ranking after Week 1 of the 2014 season. Regionally, both of these teams are now ranked third in their respective regions. Three other squads were also given improved regional markings even though they did not compete last weekend. Dartmouth (4th), Cornell (5th), and Harvard (8th) each improved one position in the Northeast Region. Brown’s regional ranking also changed as they dropped one spot to 11th in the region. Yale continues its stay in the 7th position in the Northeast Region, while Penn sits at 6th in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The women’s polls did not show as much change as the men’s, but the few changes had happened were significant. Princeton’s team title from the Inter-Regional Meet bumped them up three positions in the national polls where they now sit as #25. This ties their best ranking in 2014 (Week 5). Cornell returned to the national rankings in the #29 position after they finished as the top American squad in the Paul Short Invitational Gold Race. They had been receiving votes earlier this season, but they were last ranked in Week 7 in 2013. Columbia, Harvard, and Dartmouth continue to receive votes on the national polls, giving them equivalent rankings of 36th, 37th, an 41st respectively. The only changes regionally were for the Lady Tigers as they went from 5th to 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Yale as they dropped one position from 10th to 11th in the Northeast Region despite the fact that they did not race. All of the other schools maintained their rankings in their respective regions.
This upcoming weekend will be a quiet one as only a few schools are scheduled to compete in regional championships. Columbia looks to reclaim the title of being the best in NYC at the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Friday, while Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale want to earn the title of being the best in New England at the New England Championships at Franklin Park on Saturday. Based on the racing schedule for the rest of the month, we are expecting a lot of youngsters to compete to get the experience in but the racing will be exciting nonetheless. We are going to wait until next week before we do our next edition of Athletes of the Week (or should it be renamed “Two Weeks”? We’ll think about it).
photo from Columbia TF/XC twitter