Mount Olive, N.C.—After a successful weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, the University of Mount Olive men's cross country made their return to the national rankings in the first week of the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association national poll.
The Trojans earned a No. 7 ranking, the highest rank in program history, following a No. 1 USTFCCCA Southeast Regional ranking and a second place finish at the Furman Invitational on September 9.
Helping to lead UMO to the No. 7 rank was senior Adam Craig, who finished second at the Furman Invitational and claimed the Conference Carolinas Male Runner of the Week laurels. Craig broke his own school record, cutting two seconds off his previous time.
Senior Jonathan Dahlke came in 8th at the Furman Invitational rounding out the top ten for the Trojans, while Daniel Francken (16th), Tai Smith (17th) and Alexandre Durand (23rd) all helped contribute to the total team score of 53 points.
At the event, the Trojans finished behind the hosts of Furman but ahead of a Division 1 opponent in Clemson, as well as Lee and Emory, who rounded out the top five schools.
The men's cross country team will be in action again on September 23 at the Bulldog Stampede in Wingate, N.C.
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