NEW ROCHELLE, NY — As a result of its success at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend, the Iona College men’s’ cross country team moved up in both the USTFCCCA regional and national polls. The Gaels moved up eight spots and are now ranked eighth in the country. They also climbed one spot and are now ranked second in the Northeast region.
The Maroon & Gold dominated the Paul Short Invitational with a decisive first place finish. With three runners placing in the top ten, the Gaels finished with 34 team points. Senior Kieran Clements led the way with a second place finish in 23:38. No. 17 Georgetown was runner up, finishing 81 points behind Iona.
Eighth is the highest ranking for Iona thus far this season. The Gaels began the season 12th in the national preseason poll, and slipped down to 16th before the latest release.
Syracuse is atop the Northeast regional rankings, followed by Iona and Providence. The Orange are ranked second in the nation, receiving one first place vote.
Iona continues its season on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Metropolitan Championship. The race is being held at Van Cortlandt Park.