TORONTO, Ont. - The University of Toronto women's cross country team was voted No. 1 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) top ten national rankings this week (Oct. 6).

Under the direction of head coach Ross Risstucia and assistant coach Jill Mallon, the Blues women's squad has taken home the team titles in two of the three races so far this season.

The Blues won the Don Mills Open in Waterloo two weeks ago, as well as the Queen's Invitational in Kingston this past weekend. Megan Brown (Guelph, Ont.) broke the Queen's Invitational course record and finished first in the women's 5km race, posting a time of 17:09, while Erin McClure (Waterloo, Ont.) claimed the silver with a time of 17:54. Tamara Jewett (Toronto, Ont.) also ran a great race, finishing fourth with a time of 18:11.

The Varsity Blues men's cross country team also moved up in the rankings this week. After finishing second at the Queen's Invitational, the squad jumped five spots and is tied at No. 3 with the Western Mustangs and St. Francis Xavier X-Men.

Mike Delmonte (Guelph, Ont.), Etienne Bredin (Oakville, Ont.) and Jeff Barr (Burlington, Ont.) led the Blues men's team to a second-place team in Kingston. Delmonte recorded a 10th place finish with a time of 33:25, Bredin finished 12th in a time of 33:31 and Barr was close behind in 15th place finishing with a time of 33:54.

Both the men's and women's cross country teams travel to London on Thur., Oct. 9 for the Western Open and St. Catharines on Sat., Oct. 18 for the Brock Open before heading to the OUA championships back in Kingston on Sat., Oct. 25.

Source: Varsity Blues Athletics