NEW ORLEANS – The Air Force men’s cross country team collected its highest national ranking in more than a decade this afternoon (Oct. 17), as it climbed six spots to No. 17 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll.
The Falcons earned their highest national ranking since receiving a No. 14 spot in the preseason poll of the 2005 season. The ranking is also the program’s first Top-20 appearance since that week’s poll.
Air Force, which first entered the national rankings on Oct. 3 with a No. 23 placement, climbed up six spots after a strong finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 13. Backed by top-35 finishes from junior Mickey Davey (30th) and senior Andrew Johnston (35th), the Falcons finished 11th out of 35 teams in a meet that featured 20 of the top 30 squads in the country. Collecting its best finish ever at a Wisconsin meet, Air Force placed ahead of nine nationally-ranked teams, including six that were ranked higher in the USTFCCCA standings and three that were listed among the Top-15.
In addition, the Falcons continue to receive votes in the women’s national poll. After finishing 22nd in a Nuttycombe Invitational meet that featured 16 of the nation’s top 30 teams, Air Force tallied five points to stand at No. 37 in the overall standings.
Air Force begins the championship portion of its season next Friday (Oct. 27), when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2017 Mountain West Cross Country Championships.