PRINCETON, N.J. -- Both Princeton and Dartmouth have earned top 30 positions in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason national cross country poll, released Tuesday. Additionaly, all eight ivy squads have earned recognition in the respective regional top 15 polls.
The Tigers, who placed 11th at the NCAA Championship meet in 2010 and won the 2010 Ivy League Heptagonal title, enter the 2011 season as the nation's preseason No. 11 squad. Led by Ivy individual champion senior Donn Cabral, Princeton has also earned the No. 1 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Regional poll.
The Big Green earn a No. 30 preseason national rank after a solid season last fall. In 2010, Dartmouth placed second at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, stretching its top-three finish to seven straight years, dating back to 2004.
The Big Green also leads six Ivy squads ranked among the Northeast Region's top 15, coming in at No. 4. Closely following is Columbia at No. 5, Harvard at No. 7, Brown at No. 11, Yale at No. 12 and Cornell at No. 13.
Joining Princeton in the Mid-Atlantic Region is Penn, which earned the No. 6 preseason selection.
Six of the eight Ivy squads get underway over the Sept. 9-10 weekend, followed by Harvard and Yale competing in their first meets on Sept. 17.