Hawks cross country leap to No. 16 in NAIA poll

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Head Coach Jay Stephenson (right) and Martin Hernandez (left)

Head Coach Jay Stephenson (right) and Martin Hernandez (left)

Oct. 7, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - In the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) Top 25 Coaches Poll released today, the Shorter College Hawks men's cross country team leaped up to No. 16 in the nation, after previously being tied for 25th. This is the highest ranking the team has received since the re-formation of the program.

They team had an exceptional day at the Louisville Classic on Saturday morning, taking 15th overall and first among all NAIA schools competing. The Hawks bested then-16th-ranked Lindenwood University by nine points. Martin Hernandez led the way for Shorter, finishing 43rd overall with a time of 24:59.72.

Shorter travels next weekend to Kenosha, Wis., for Pre-Nationals at the Lucian Invitational.

Malone College (Ohio) stayed No. 1 in the poll for the fifth straight week. The Pioneers received all 21 first place votes and 591 total points.

The next six spots also remained the same from last week. No. 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (564 points), No. 3 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (551 points), No. 4 Aquinas (Mich.) (539 points), No. 5 California State-San Marcos (515 points), No. 6 Concordia (Neb.) (482 points) and No. 7 Indiana Tech (469) all held their spots. Southern Oregon moved up three spots into the top-10 at No. 8 with 455 points while Huntington (Ind.) dropped to No. 9 with 410 points. No. 10 Cedarville (Ohio) rounded out the top-10 climbing two spots with 402 points.

The sixth regular season top 25 poll will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 14th.

Shorter College Men's Cross Country
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