NEW ORLEANS (WLUC) – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has released its weekly national and regional polls, and the Michigan Tech men's team has risen greatly in both polls.
Coming off a third-place finish at the MSU Spartan Invitational, the Huskies earned a ranking of ninth in the country with 134 points. Tech, receiving 134 points in this week's poll, moved up 11 spots from the previous national poll after nearly topping the defending national champion Grand Valley State men's team in the season-opening race. MTU ranks ahead of No. 10 UC-Colorado Springs (128 pts.) and just behind Southern Indiana (142 pts.) at No. 8. Michigan Tech also saw its standing in the Midwest Regional poll improve one spot this week, ranking No. 3 in the region.
Meanwhile, the Michigan Tech women's team slipped out of the national top 25 after a ninth-place showing at the MSU Spartan Invitational. The Huskies received four votes this week, placing them with UC San Diego (12 pts.), Saginaw Valley State (5 pts.), Indianapolis (2 pts.), and Tampa (1 pt.) in the receiving votes category. The Huskies also fell from third to ninth in the latest Midwest Region standings.
Colorado School of Mines is the new No. 1 team in the men's national rankings with 200 points and all eight first-place votes, and Adams State held onto the top spot in the women's poll with 200 points and all eight first-place votes.
Michigan Tech will race next at the Roy Griak Invitational on September 28. Hosted by the University of Minnesota from the Les Bolstad Golf Course, the men's race will be held at 11:10 a.m. CST, followed by the women's race at 12:10 p.m. CST.