The men’s cross country team is in new territory.
According to the latest coach’s poll, they are now No. 6 in the country , which marks their highest ranking in school history.
The last time IU competed, the women’s team won the Indiana Intercollegiate, beating Butler by 44 points. The men placed second, losing to Purdue by five points.
The team will have many of their runners back who sat out the last competition as they prepare for two-time defending champion Oklahoma State at the Cowboy Jamboree Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The men will run an 8K and the women will run a 6K in one of the largest non-championship cross country meets that has taken place at OSU since 1934.
Senior Ben Hubers, who sat out the Intercollegiate to continue training, said the team has embraced the new ranking and the pressure that comes with it.
“I think it’s something we can live up to as a team,” he said. “We’ll see how we stack up against them.”
IU Coach Ron Helmer said he has little concern for any additional burden his Hoosier teams will face while running against stiff competition.
“It’s going to be fun to watch other people put pressure on themselves because they have to run against us,” he said. “We’ll get to see this weekend how good we are.”