NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After a weekend of impressive performances that earned the Bulldogs the top spot at the Paul Short Invitational, Yale has moved in both the regional and national rankings this week. Each week of the cross country season, the USTFCCCA releases rankings based on the results from the previous weekend. The most recent results were posted on Tuesday and Yale is ranked No. 2 in the Northeast region and No. 24 nationally.
In the Northeast region, Yale moved up a remarkable six spots to second place. The only Northeast team ranked ahead of the Bulldogs is Columbia University. Given that at the NCAA regional qualifying meet held in early November the top two teams will automatically advance to the NCAA National Championships, this is a promising indicator of Yale's chances of a team qualification.
Notably, the Bulldogs also moved from being unranked nationally to ranked 24th in the nation this week. This position was well-earned, especially after Yale finished ahead of previously No. 14 ranked Utah State and No. 20 ranked Georgia.
Based on the performances so far, Yale will surely be a team to watch in the upcoming regional and national competitions. Up next for the team is the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Madison, Wisc., one of the most important races of the season in that it will provide a chance to race head-to-head against other nationally-ranked teams and will be held on the same course as the NCAA Nationals. After a weekend without racing this weekend, the team will travel to Madison to compete Oct. 13.
The official announcement from USTFCCCA can be found here.
Report by Gabrielle Rinne, Yale Sports Publicity.