NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad has been ranked ninth in a field of 15 ranked teams in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Cross Country Preseason Regional Rankings for the Mid-Atlantic Region, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The Hawks finished ninth in a field of 22 teams at the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and return point scorers in graduate student Dan Savage (26th), senior David Dorsey (37th), and junior Justin Branco (56th) as well as senior Collin Crilly and sophomore Josh Clark, SJU’s #6 and #7 runners. SJU will look to fill the vacancy of graduates Jimmy Daniels (64th) and John Mascioli (78th), who finished as SJU’s #4 and #5 runners.

Georgetown, Navy, Princeton, Penn, and Penn State rounded out the top five while Bucknell, Duquesne, and Villanova took the 6-8 spots. Rutgers rounded out the top 10, followed by Pittsburgh, Lehigh, La Salle, Marshall, and Saint Francis (Pa.).

The 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will be hosted by Lehigh University on Friday, November 10. The top two teams and top four individuals receive automatic qualification for the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship, to be held on Saturday, November 18 in Louisville, Ky.