Missouri men's cross country team ranked for first time since 2000

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 10:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri  men's cross country team is ranked in the national polls for the first time since 2000. The Tigers earned enough votes to rank No. 30 in the country in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.

The Tigers impressed voters with a strong showing at the Greater Louisville Classic. Missouri finished fourth in a field of 31 teams that included three nationally ranked teams and four members of the Southeastern Conference.

Despite the high praise and strong start to the season, Missouri coach Joe Lynn said his team still has plenty of work to do.

"We try not to get caught up too much in rankings, but it's definitely nice for the program to be recognized," Lynn said in a release. "Twelve years absent (from the rankings) is a long time. We'll take it as a compliment and get back to work for these last seven weeks of the season."

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