NEW ORLEANS — The Rogers State men's cross country team was ranked in the NCAA Division II South Central Region poll for the first time in program history as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. The Hillcats were ranked ninth in the week 1 regional rankings.

The Hillcats jumped into the rankings after opening the 2017 campaign with a team victory at the UCO Land Run on Sept. 2 in Edmond, Okla. RSU placed five runners in the top 11 to dominate the race with senior Baylor Harvey and junior Seth Whittington taking the top two places.

Adams State, winning of seven of the last nine national championships, topped the South Central Regional rankings. Colorado Mines, the 2015 national champions, ranked second in the poll. RSU was one of two Heartland Conference teams in the rankings as Dallas Baptist University was sixth. Seven RMAC teams earned spots in the poll, including the top three.

In only their second year as a full member of NCAA Division II, the Cats were ranked in the region for the first time in program history.

The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams' strength with current season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

The Hillcats are back in action this weekend at the Southern Stampede, hosted by Missouri Southern, in Joplin, Mo.