NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Augusta University men's cross country team is ranked No. 25 in the final edition of the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll which was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
The Jaguars were receiving votes in November 2017, but broke the top 25 for the first time. The results from Regional Championship Weekend shook up the poll especially in spots No. 7-25 in which every program in that 19-team range experienced some kind of movement.
Five new teams joined the poll this week in No. 19 Southern Indiana, No. 20 Black Hills State, No. 22 Western Oregon, No. 23 Stonehill and No. 25 Augusta. It was the first time entering the top-25 this season for Black Hills State and Augusta. It is only the second time in program history that Augusta has been ranked as it tied a program high for best mark.
For just the third time in school history, the Augusta University men's cross country team will race at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Guided by head coach Adam Ward, who was voted the NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year, Augusta has a young roster of nine freshmen, three sophomores, and a lone senior. The Jaguars finished third or better all season, including two wins, a runner-up finish at the Peach Belt Conference Championships, and third at the NCAA Southeast Regionals. Four Jags were named All-Region and All-Conference this season.
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