Sandburg Men’s XC 7th, Women 22nd in New USTFCCCA Rankings

GALESBURG — Both Carl Sandburg College cross country teams made appearances for the second straight time in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NJCAA Division II polls, which were released Wednesday.

The Chargers men’s team dropped one spot to No. 7 in the third rankings of the season, while the women’s team moved down three spots to No. 22.

Both Chargers squads had solid showings against stiff competition at Friday’s Heartland Invitational. Sandburg’s men’s team placed second overall and had Josphat Langat (Kenya/Alliance), Calton Kibet (Kenya/Poiywek Secondary) and Emmanuel Kiprop (Kenya/Kericho TEA Boys’ Secondary) sweep the top three spots in the 8-kilometer race. The Chargers finished behind only Heartland, which was third in this week’s poll, and defeated Kaskaskia (Division II No. 25), DuPage (Division III No. 2) and Joliet (NJCAA Division III No. 3).

Sandburg’s women’s team was fifth at the Heartland Invitational, finishing behind four other teams that appeared in this week’s rankings: Heartland (Division II No. 1), Joliet (Division III No. 1), DuPage (Division III No. 3) and Kaskaskia (Division II No. 16).

The Chargers’ next race is the Sauk Valley Invite at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Dixon. 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II men's cross country rankings for Oct. 6

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II women's cross country rankings for Oct. 6

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