Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
PELLA— The Central College men’s cross country team has advanced one spot in the national rankings, improving to No. 24 in the NCAA Division III poll produced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Dutch men are off to a fast start in their 2012 campaign. The squad claimed a pair of team titles at their first two meets and took second in a seven-team field at the Grand View Viking Invitational Sept. 21 competing without many of their top runners.
Defending champion North Central (Ill.) held the top spot with all eight first-place votes. Iowa Conference foes Loras and Luther checked in at 26th and 31st respectively.
The Dutch will travel to St. Paul, Minn. Saturday for the Roy Griak Invitational. The women’s squad is scheduled to compete at 9 a.m. and the men will race at 10:40 a.m.
“The Griak” is considered one of the premier meets in the country, annually attracting over 3,000 runners for eight collegiate races spanning Division I, II, and III, as well as two high school competitions.