NEW ORLEANS – After defeating the entire field at the 2017 George Mason Invitational down in Leesburg, Va. on Saturday, the 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 Week 4 Regional Rankings for the Mid-Atlantic Region, it was announced on Monday afternoon. The Hawks were ranked 10th last week.

The Hawks moved up to ninth after defeating runner-up Duquesne by 32 points on Saturday; Duquesne slipped from seventh to 10th in the poll.

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.

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. SJU was predicted to finish ninth at this year's meet.

Saint Joseph's will take next weekend off from competition and will return to action on Saturday, October 14 at both the Princeton Invitational (9:45 a.m.) at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J. and the Leopard Invitational (10:45 a.m.) at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields in Easton, Pa.