For the first time this season, the Nebraska men's cross country team has earned a national ranking. Thanks in large part to a 16th-place finish at the Pre-NCAA meet on Saturday, the Huskers cracked the latest poll at No. 23. After receiving 24 votes last week, the most of any unranked team, Nebraska received 46 points in the MONDO poll released Tuesday.

In what was viewed as a preview of the national meet, Nebraska joined 13 of the top ranked teams in the nation in Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Memorial Classic on Saturday. The Huskers collected 533 points to earn a 16th-place finish.

Nebraska is off this week, but returns to action Oct. 28 for the Big 12 Championships in Boulder, Colo., where the Huskers will look to improve on last year's sixth-place finish.

MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings

Rank, Team

Points

Last Week

1 Colorado (7)

390

3

2 Arkansas (4)

378

2

3 Stanford (5)

375

1

4 Providence

344

4

5 Northern Arizona

337

10

6 Wisconsin

310

5

7 BYU

301

8

8 Georgetown

281

7

9 Iona College

280

6

10 Arizona

262

9

11 Oklahoma State

225

15

12 Duke

216

25

13 Oregon

197

18

14 North Carolina State

191

13

15 Weber State

174

19

16 Michigan State

171

14

17 Notre Dame

154

17

18 Penn State

120

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19 Eastern Michigan

107

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20 William & Mary

95

12

21 Villanova

73

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22 Colorado State

68

11

23 Nebraska

46

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24 Indiana

27

22

24 Princeton

27

23