HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team will open the 2013 season competing not only against other programs, but also against some lofty preseason expectations.

The Big Green men were picked fourth in the Northeast Region and 29th in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in its preseason polls as announced Tuesday morning.

Dartmouth, led by head coach Barry Harwick ’77, sits fourth in the region to open the year, behind just Syracuse, Iona and Columbia, while just ahead of Providence, Harvard, Cornell and Yale.

Oklahoma State is the top-ranked team in Division I in the national poll, receiving 10-of-12 first-place votes with Northern Arizona garnering the other two. Princeton (No. 10) and Columbia (No. 18) are the only two Ivy League teams ranked above the Green and White in the national poll as Dartmouth sits just inside the top-30.

The 2013 season will get started on Sept. 14 at the annual Dartmouth Invitational held at the Hanover Country Club.