The University of Oklahoma men’s cross country team ranked in the top 25 for the first time in program history.

In the first regular season cross country rankings, the Oklahoma men’s team found itself in unfamiliar territory as it debuted in the top 25 Tuesday. Coming off of a strong weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, the Sooners were ranked No. 25 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The No. 25 ranking marks the first time in program history the team has received votes in the poll and the highest the team has ever been ranked.

“To receive our first national ranking is a nice acknowledgment and indicator of the progress that our men’s cross country team is making,” said University of Oklahoma head coach Martin Smith. “Our team has made a great leap this year from our past seasons, but we have to keep our focus and keep improving. We have a lot of running left in the season and need to focus on the things that got us to where we are now.”

The announcement came one day after the team moved up two spots to No. 4 in the Midwest Region of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Rankings.

The Sooners are currently ranked fourth among Big 12 schools in the top 25. Falling behind in-state rival Oklahoma State (No. 2), Colorado (No.6) and Iowa State (No. 16), who took home the Men’s Gold Race title in Minnesota by a mere three points over Oklahoma.

The Sooners are off until they split in their final regular-season weekend of the year; October 17, as some athletes head to the Arkansas Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., while a second group heads to Terre Haute, Ind. for Pre-Nationals.

Courtesy: soonersports

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