NEW ORLEANS --  The University of Delaware women’s cross country, which made a strong showing with a third place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Championships this past Saturday, moved to No. 12 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Mid-Atlantic Region poll.

The Blue Hens, who have posted four top three team finishes this fall, have now been ranked in the Top 15 in all seven polls this season.

Delaware will take this week off and continue action Nov. 15 at the NCAA District 2 Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Blue Hens recorded a strong finish at the CAA meet Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. as Delaware had three top 20 finishes led by senior Emily Gispert, who finished ninth overall with a time of 22:17.95 on the six-kilometer course.

Delaware posted its second straight third place finish at the CAA meet despite the absence of top runner Lindsay Prettyman in the final standings. Prettyman, who had led the Hens in each race this season, dropped out of the competition midway through the race.  

Georgetown remained at No. 1 in this week’s Mid-Atlantic poll and was followed by Princeton, West Virginia, Penn State, Villanova, Duquesne, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, La Salle,Navy, Bucknell, Delaware, Saint Joseph’s, American, and Pittsburgh.