NEWARK, Del.  --  The University of Delaware women’s cross country team made the biggest leap of any team in this week’s United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional poll.

The Blue Hens, who placed 25th in a star-studded field at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh, moved up to No. 8 in the regional poll, leaping seven spots from No. 15 last week. Delaware had been ranked at No. 13 each of the first three weeks of the season.

Delaware will continue action this Saturday, Oct. 12, when head coach Wendy McFarlane’s squad will host the annual Blue-Gold Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. The women’s six-kilometer race will begin at 10:30 am followed by the men’s eight-kilometer race at 11:15 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 11, Delaware will host the Blue and Gold High School race with four competitions scheduled beginning at 3 p.m. The competitions will include varsity girls and boys and junior varsity boys and girls. A total of 24 local high school teams are expected to compete.

Georgetown remained at No. 1 in the regional poll followed by Princeton, Villanova, West Virginia, Penn State, Duquesne, Penn, Delaware, Lehigh, Saint Joseph’s, Bucknell, La Salle, Navy, Maryland, and Pittsburgh.