XC: Men leap to seventh in South Central rankings

The UTA men's cross country team has achieved its highest ranking in almost 20 years.

Oct. 1, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UT Arlington men's cross country team jumped up four spots Monday in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings to seventh in the South Central Region, while the women held steady at No. 15. The men's ranking is the team's highest in nearly 20 years, when the squad peaked at fourth in the regional poll.

The Maverick men are coming off a runner-up showing in the Gold Division race at the Notre Dame Invitational. Buoyed by that impressive second-place finish, only two schools in the nation had bigger leaps in this week's regional standings.

Freshman Virgilio Martinezcontinued his impressive rookie season, as he placed fifth. The Arlington, Texas, product has two wins and a fifth-place effort in his first three collegiate races. As a team, seven of the squad's eight runners bested 26:00 in the 5-mile race.

With the move, UTA surpassed UTSA (9th) to become the highest ranked Western Athletic Conference team in the region. Utah State (14th, Mountain) and New Mexico State (15th, Mountain) give the league four regionally-ranked squads.

On the women's side, UTA remained 15th after a fifth-place run at Notre Dame. Sophomore Hannah Nilssononce again was the pace setter for the Mavs, as she registered her third consecutive top-15 finish.

"We knew that we would be able to find out a lot about our teams at Notre Dame," head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "And we were very pleased with our performances. We're improving and coming together at the right time. Big meets are ahead of us, and we look forward to the challenge."





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