WATERLOO–The Hawkeye RedTails Men's Cross Country Team is ranked 17th in the nation in the 2017 NJCAA Division I National Coaches' Poll.
"Our depth is our strength, and it shows in practice – even on off days we have a good showing," said head coach Micah Ruroden. "To be in the top 25 in our first year is an accomplishment in itself, but we feel we can be a top 10 team not just in our conference, but in the nation."
The poll, conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, is voted on by 10 coaches from across the country, with points assigned to each spot. The team with the most points is ranked No. 1, second most is No. 2, and so forth.
"The guys are showing they're very strong and our roster is pretty deep," said associate head coach Tyler Mulder. "We think we're a top 10 team, so to be ranked 17th in an early poll is a great start and we hope to continue the momentum."
This is the first season for cross country at Hawkeye Community College. RedTails Cross Country next heads to the University of Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, September 23.