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Wilmington Men’s Cross Country Moves to No. 4 in Latest USTFCCCA East Region Poll

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - New Orleans, La.

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The Wilmington University men's cross country team competes at the UD Invite #1 Multiple at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, DE on Sept 14, 2013. © 2013 Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault

After holding steady in fifth place since the preseason rankings, the Wilmington University men’s cross country team moved up a spot to fourth in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) NCAA Division II East Region Rankings on Tuesday.

In a very competitive field at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University, the men finished a very respectable 18th out of 46 teams across all three NCAA divisions on Saturday. The Wildcats were the third NCAA Division II team in the standings, behind Franklin Pierce (6th) and Indiana (Pa.) (14th).

Jesus Amezquita led the Wildcats with a 23rd place finish in the 8K event, crossing the line in 25:57. He was the top Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference finisher in the field, leading him to earn the CACC Men’s Runner of the Week award on Monday.

The Top 5 of the East Region had a bit of a mix-up for the fourth weekly rankings, with Stonehill taking over the top spot in the region. Franklin Pierce moves up a spot to No. 2 in the East while American International fell from the top spot to third. Wilmington moved up a spot to No. 4 in the East Region with Merrimack moving into the Top 5, moving up a spot from last week. Adelphi took the deepest fall for the week, dropping to eighth in the East Region from the No. 4 spot last week.

On the women’s side, Philadelphia is the only other CACC program in either ranking, moving up a spot in the women’s East Region poll to No. 7. Stonehill also occupies the top spot in the East Region for the women’s programs.

Both Wilmington cross country teams are off this weekend and will return to action on October 19 as they head to Princeton University for the Princeton Cross Country Invitational.