(NEW ORLEANS) – One day after moving up in the regional rankings, both Walsh cross country programs moved up in their respective national rankings. The women's team rose up one spot to No. 9 after its debut in the top 10 a week ago, while the men returned to the top 25 at No. 19 after dropping out last week.
Strong performances at the Lewis Crossover helped both squads as Walsh defeated finished fourth out of 34 teams. In the women's race, the only teams that beat the Cavaliers are all ranked ahead, including new No. 1 Cal Baptist which won the event. Grand Valley State, Adams State, Western State, and Simon Fraser all dropped one spot to fill out the top five.
Chico State jumped up more than any team this week to No. 6 after being No. 12. Pittsburg State and Alaska Anchorage stayed in the same spot, while Hillsdale dropped to No. 10 in a tie with U-Mary after being defeated by the Cavaliers a week ago.
On the men's side, the Cavaliers finished seventh behind six teams ranked No. 17 or better. As a result, they made the second-biggest jump in the standings after being unranked last week. Adams State, Colorado Mines, Grand Valley State, and Chico State all resumed their positions in the top four. Cal Poly Pomona joined the top five after moving up from No. 7 last week.
Both women's and men's teams will look to move up in both the regional and national polls next weekend as they run in the G-MAC Championships in Nashville.