NEW YORK - Following an impressive third-place finish in the 8K Gold Race of last week's Paul Short Run Presented by Brooks, the Columbia men's cross country team catapulted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll Top 30, making a remarkable 21-spot jump to No. 18.
Tuesday's Week 4 poll ranking marks the first time Columbia's men's team was ranked since 1998.
The Lions made the biggest jump out of any school represented in the Week 4 poll. In Week 3, Columbia received just one vote to unofficially rank 39th in the country. On Tuesday, the Lions had received 139 votes.
Columbia ran an outstanding race on Friday at the Paul Short Run Presented by Brooks in Bethlehem, Pa. The Lions truly ran as a team, posting the shortest team spread of all 45 teams competing at just 17 second between its top five runners. Columbia finished ahead of four teams ranked in the Week 3 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll, including then-No. 15 Syracuse (fifth place) then-No. 17 Providence (sixth place), then-No. 18 Villanova (fourth place) and then-No. 19 Virginia (10th place).
The Lions are back in action this Friday when they compete in the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park. Columbia's next big race is the Indiana State Pre-National Inviational on Oct. 16 in Terre Haute, Ind.