Men's & Women's Cross Country Earn Regional Rankings
Both Programs Ranked at Same Time for First Time in Program History
ICYMI: Both our men & women are ranked this week! Sitting 14th & 12th respectively. 1st time in school history & the best is yet to come! pic.twitter.com/dqXPnYBdUW
— GW XC and Track (@GWXCTrack) October 21, 2016
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's cross country team is regionally ranked for the first time in program history, joining the women's program in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings. It also marks the first time in program history that both programs are ranked at the same time.
The men's cross country team comes in at No. 14 in the latest Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll while the women's squad moved up one spot to No. 12 in the women's Mid-Atlantic Poll.
Through four regular-season meets, the men's team is enjoying a run of success that is unparalleled in program history. The Colonials opened the 2016 season with a 4-0 showing at the Mount St. Mary's Duals, followed by a second-place team finish at the Navy Invitational. Last weekend, the Colonials finished 10th amongst 23 competing teams at the Princeton Invitational.
The women's team moved up one spot to No. 12 in the Mid-Atlantic Region following a strong sixth-place team finish out of 22 teams at last weekend's Princeton Invitational. It ties the highest regional-ranking in program history from last season.
GW is led by All-Conference harrier Miranda DiBiasio, who has been a key part of the program's rise over the past three seasons. This season she has a trio of top-five finishes, including a win at the Salty Dog Invitational on September 10, and most recently finished in fifth place out of 216 competitors at the Princeton Invitational.
"We have really been focusing on keeping our ultimate team goals in mind, and that is what is really helping us," said DiBiasio. "It is that constant reminder that we are doing really well this season and progressing each week towards our goal. We are getting really excited for each competition and that is translating to the rankings."
Both teams are idle this weekend in preparation of the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship at Pole Greene Park in Richmond, Virginia.
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