2012 Iowa Conference champions
PELLA—The Central College men’s cross country team did not compete this week but climbed one spot to No. 10 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III poll.
Following a 20-spot improvement from No. 31 to No. 11 on Oct. 9, the Dutch moved into the top 10 for the first time since ranking No. 7 in the preseason poll on Aug. 28.
Iowa Conference rival Wartburg dropped one spot to No. 21 nationally, while Loras dropped two to No. 27 and Luther dropped one to No. 34.
The Dutch remained No. 2 in the Central Region. St. Olaf (Minn.)—which received 10 first-place votes—retained the top ranking in the region and is No. 5 in the nation. Iowa Conference schools comprise four of the top five in the region as Wartburg, Loras and Luther sit behind Central at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
Central returns to action Saturday at the Jim Drews Invitational in West Salem, Wis. Last season at the invitational the Dutch finished 3rd of 26 teams.