Women's Cross Country Ranked Second, Men 24th in Latest Top 25 Poll

Women's Cross Country Ranked Second, Men 24th in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Both Aquinas cross country teams are ranked in the top-25 of the latest NAIA Coaches Poll, released late Wednesday (Sept. 13). The Saints women moved into sole possession of a second-place ranking, while the AQ men are placed 24th in the country after both teams fared well at the Calvin Knight Invitational last weekend.

In the first coaches poll of the season, Aquinas was tied for second place with Oklahoma City with 532 total points, but the Saints moved gained a little ground on British Columbia, the top-ranked team in the country. The Thunderbirds of British Columbia are first with 590 points, while AQ is second with 568 points, and Oklahoma City is third with 557 points.

At the Calvin Knight Invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 9), the Saints women placed second with three runners (Melissa Winchester (JR/Middleville, Michigan) in second, Alexis Miller (JR/Caledonia, Michigan) and Adri Sigafoose (SR/McBain, Mich.) in eighth and ninth) finishing in the top-10 and five AQ runners in the top-25.

This is the 19th consecutive poll that the Saints women are ranked among the top-five teams in the country and 28 straight weeks inside the top-25.

On the men's side, Aquinas is ranked 24th with 149 total points and sit ahead of Milligan (Tenn.) to close out the top-25 of the poll. Last Saturday at the Calvin Knight Invitational, the Saints had four runners in the top-40 and six runners in the top-50. Arik LaFave (SO/Hesperia, Mich.) came in 17th place, while Adam Gizowski (JR/St. Clair, Mich.) and Gannon Foley (FR/Portage, Mich.) were 32nd and 33rd, respectively.

Both teams compete again on Sept. 22 at the GRCC Raider Invitational, with the men beginning at 3:15 p.m. and the women starting at 4:00 p.m.