A first-place finish last weekend at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble has helped the Berea College men's cross country team continue to climb up the national rankings.

The Mountaineers were once again the No. 1 team in the USTFCCA Division III South/Southeast Region this week.

And on Wednesday, they moved up to No. 13 in the national rankings -- a jump of eight spots.

It is the highest national ranking for any Berea College athletic program since the school moved up to the NCAA Division III level.

The Mountaineers defeated several ranked opponents at the Oberlin College event -- including Otterbein College (No. 14), Bates College (No. 24) and Case Western (No. 20).

The Mountaineers were just five points behind No. 12 MIT in the latest national poll.

Four Berea College athletes honored by USA South

Four Berea College student-athletes received USA South Weekly honors on Monday for their outstanding performances on the playing field.

Carolina Robles was named USA South Volleyball Player of the Week.

Logan McKenzie was named the USA South Men's Cross County Runner of the Week.

Luke Wilson was named the USA South Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week and Rachel Bates was named the USA South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Robles, a sophomore right side hitter from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, averaged 4.30 kills and 4.60 digs per set and tallied three double-doubles as the Mountaineers posted a 2-1 record last week.

In a 3-1 win over Midway, Robles totaled 20 kills, 15 digs, three aces, one assist and one block. In a 3-0 win over USA South foe Brevard, Robles posted 11 kills, 17 digs, six assists and four service aces.

Finally, in a 3-0 loss to Piedmont, Robles tallied 12 kills, 14 digs and one assist.

McKenzie, a senior from Athens, Tenn., placed second out of 342 runners at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble last week. McKenzie completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 24:42 helping the Mountaineers to a first place team finish.

Wilson, a freshman from Point Pleasant, W.Va., placed 17th out of 342 runners at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble. Wilson completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:06.

Bates, a junior from Ooty, India, placed 122nd out of 283 runners at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble last week. Bates completed the 6,000-meter course in a time of 23:42 helping the Mountaineers to a 26th-place team finish.

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