The women's cross country team moved up to fourth in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings. CMS follows only Middlebury College, Washington University and MIT in the rankings. Those teams finished first, second and third respectively at last year's NCAA Championships. Although the Athenas have finished in the top five twice at the NCAA Championships, the team has never been ranked higher than tenth prior to this season. The Stags are ranked 28th in the men's rankings.
The Athenas moved up three places from the initial national rankings which were released last week after a stellar team performance at the UC Riverside Invitational. Led by two-time All-American Jennifer Tavé's fifth place individual finish, the women placed sixth in the 20 team field. The team won the Collegiate Team title as they were the top finishing non-Division I team. Six of the seven Athenas in the race set personal bests. Tavé's time of 20:51.8 set the CMS and SCIAC record and made her the seventh fastest Division III performer of all-time. Laura Sauvage (21:35.6), Allison Barnwell (22:02.1), Breanna Deutsch (22:09.8), Sara Mostatabi (22:16.2), Marnie Hogue (22:19.9) and Julia Rigby (22:28.4) became the second, fourth, seventh, tenth, 11th and 12th fastest performers respectively in CMS history. CMS also finished second overall (behind the defending NAIA Champions) in the open 5K race with 14 of the 19 runners setting personal bests.
Next up for CMS is the Stanford Invitational this Saturday, September 24 where the teams will again be tested by some top notch competition. The field includes several Division I teams, led by the sixth ranked host Stanford, and Division II teams, led by second ranked Chico State.
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