GREENSBORO, N.C. – After a successful weekend at the Elon Invitational, the UNCG men's cross country team jumped into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Regional Cross Country Rankings, the organization announced on Monday.
The Spartans check into the weekly ranking at No. 13 in the Southeast Region, which ties a school record for the highest ranking in program history. The only other two Southern Conference schools in this week's rankings are Davidson (No. 9) and Appalachian State (No. 14).
"I'm happy for the guys that they have been recognized as one of the better teams in the region," said coach Linh Nguyen. "They worked extremely hard this summer to set themselves up for a good season. I think Saturday went a long way towards setting the tone for the season and we hope build on what we've already done."
This past weekend, UNCG turned in another stellar performance as the men's team took the top four spots at the Elon Invitational. Paul Chelimo came away with top individual honors as he shattered the previous school record by 40 seconds. Paul Katam, Joey Thompson and Abraham Kemboi followed behind in second, third and fourth, respectively.
As a team, the Spartans ran away with the team title over Charlotte and Elon.
The Spartans will return to competition on Sept. 30 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.
USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region rankings:
Rank School Location Conference Last Week
1 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC 1
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC 3
3 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley 5
4 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC 4
5 Louisville Louisville, Ky. Big East 2
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC 8
7 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial 6
8 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC 7
9 Davidson Davidson, N.C. Southern NR
10 George Mason Fairfax, Va. Colonial 10
11 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC 9
12 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10 13
13 UNCG Greensboro, N.C. Southern NR
14 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Southern 12
15 Norfolk State Norfolk, Va. MEAC 14
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