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The Virginia men’s cross country team, fresh off its second ACC title in three years, earned the No. 9 ranking this week by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association, the organization announced today. The top-10 ranking is the first under head coach Jason Dunn and the highest in over 20 years. In 1984, the men’s team finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history. The squad is also the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region and the highest-ranked ACC team in the nation.

Led by ACC runner-up Andy Biladeau, ACC Freshman of the Year Emil Heineking, ACC 5K Champion Ryan Foster and All-American Jan Foerster, the men placed four in the top six of the ACC meet to upset reigning champion N. C. State, who was ranked seventh nationally going into the championships.

“We are very pleased to be ranked ninth in the most recent coaches poll,” said Virginia head cross country coach Jason Dunn. “We have been working hard for some time to be considered amongst the top 10 teams in the country, so it is gratifying to be ranked accordingly. However, over the next three weeks we will continue to be focused primarily on our goals of returning to the NCAA Championships and placing in the top 10.”

Virginia will return to action on Saturday, November 10 as the Cavaliers travel to Louisville to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional where they will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years. The Hoos finished 26th two years ago before finishing 14th in 2006. The 2007 NCAA meet will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana and is hosted by Indiana State University. The men’s 10K race will be run on Monday, November 19.

USTFCCA National Cross Country Rankings, 30 October

1. Oregon (13) 390
2. Northern Arizona 367
3. UTEP 362
4. Wisconsin 345
4. Iona 345
6. Colorado 336
7. Arkansas 301
8. Stanford 295
9. Virginia 284
10. California 259
11. North Carolina State 255
12. Oklahoma State 245
13. Louisville 226
14. Georgetown 200
15. Minnesota 188
16. Texas 176
17. Alabama 164
18. Providence 147
18. Tulsa 147
20. Portland 145
21. UCLA 136
22. Notre Dame 132
23. Michigan 110
24. Florida 108
25. William & Mary 67
26. BYU 61
27. Arizona State 56
28. Cal Poly 47
29. Princeton 29
30. Ohio State 27
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