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Men's cross country achieves historic national ranking


The Hamilton College men's cross country team is ranked 31st in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Top 35 poll.

USTFCCCA Division III Men's Cross Country Poll

The men are ranked for the first time in program history, according to the USTFCCCA website. The Continentals are coached by Brett Hull, who is in his 25th year with the Hamilton men's cross country team.

The Continentals just captured the team title in their own invitational on Oct. 10. The 15-team field included a pair of Division II schools. Seven Hamilton runners finished in the top 13 at the meet, including Jack Pierce '17, who was second with a time of 25:33.4 on the 8-kilometer course.

The men have also finished fourth at SUNY Geneseo's Mike Woods Invitational, fifth at the University of Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational and seventh at the Saratoga Invitational this fall.

A strong senior class leads the Continentals in 2015. Adam Pfander '16 competed at the 2013 NCAA Championships and Harry Sullivan '16 was all-region last year based on his performance at the 2014 NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships.

After a weekend off, Hamilton hosts the 2015 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 24. The women's race is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and the men follow after the completion of the women's race.

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