Men and women’s cross country in region’s top four

St. Thomas men’s and women’s cross country teams are now both ranked in the top four in the region as the men moved up to fourth and the women slid down to third after last weekend’s races.

The Tommie men climbed to fourth in the regional rankings after taking third at the St. Olaf Invite Saturday, finishing behind first place Minnesota State-Mankato and second place St. John’s. The strong showing could be enough to move St. Thomas into the national rankings, which are released today.

The St. Thomas women came into last weekend’s meet ranked No. 11 nationally, and finished third in a 16-team field at the St. Olaf Invitational. St. Thomas took first place for Division III teams at the race, finishing behind only Minnesota State-Mankato and Winona State, both Division II schools.

The women’s team is scheduled to compete Saturday at the University of Minnesota Griak Invite in Falcon Heights. The men compete next at the Wis.-Eau Claire Blugold Invite Oct. 2.

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