NEW ORLEANS – After placing 12th at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, the Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad has been ranked 12th 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 5 Regional Rankings for the Mid-Atlantic Region, it was announced on Monday afternoon. The Hawks were ranked ninth last week.

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 begins championship season in next weekend when the Hawks head to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, to be held at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. on Saturday, October 28. The five-mile race, in which the Hawks were predicted to finish fifth as a squad, is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.