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Dartmouth Menís Cross Country Cracks National Poll

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By John and Matt Risley

NEW ORLEANS – After receiving votes the last three weeks, the Dartmouth men have once again cracked the top-30 in this week’s US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly poll.

The Big Green ran to a second-place team showing at Saturday’s Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh. The finish was the best ever for a Dartmouth men’s team at the annual meet that features some of the top programs in the nation.

Led by seniors Will Geogehan and John Bleday’s top-10 finishes, the Big Green moved into 27th in the most recent USTFCCCA national rankings released Tuesday morning. Dartmouth began the fall ranked No. 29 in the preseason poll released in August.

Geoghegan claimed third overall in a field of 395 runners as he posted a 23:46, helping the Green and White to 106 team points, trailing only Indiana (86), a team, that ranks 12th in the nation this week.

Bleday’s seventh-place showing gave Dartmouth two harriers in the top-10, a goal the coaches had outlined prior to the meet. His 24:05 was another major factor in the team’s best finish ever in Bethlehem.

Senior Henry Sterling (25th), junior Silas Talbot (28th) and sophomore Curtis King (43rd) rounded out the scoring for the Big Green at Paul Short.

In addition to the No. 27 ranking on the national level, Dartmouth remains in the fifth spot in the Northeast Regional poll, a spot it has now held for the last four weeks.

Several members of the team will head to Boston on Saturday to compete in the annual New England Championship held at Franklin Park.