Athletics: Cross Country
The Muhlenberg men's cross country team first competed in 1916 and has been in existence continuously since 1939.
The Mules' best season ever came in 2006, when they qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, finishing 29th. The team also matched its highest finish at both the CC Championships (second) and NCAA Mideast Regional (fourth). Those standards were set by the 2002 squad, which was only 11 points behind Haverford (the champion in every year of the league's existence) at the CC meet and missed qualifying for the national meet by five points.
The men bettered or matched their CC finish from the previous season every year from 1996 to 2002 and placed in the top four in the CC eight straight years (2000-2007). Before placing eighth in 2001, the team's previous best regional finish came in 1991, when it placed 12th. The 1997 team made history by winning two invitational titles, including the program's first-ever on the road.
Muhlenberg men have run in the NCAA Championships seven times in the last 13 years.
Women's cross country was elevated to varsity status in 1989 and went undefeated in dual meets in two of the first three seasons. In 1993, two Muhlenberg runners placed in the top 10 at the Centennial Conference meet.
The women's team has placed at least one runner on the All-Region team 12 of the last 15 years, including two in 2003, 2011 and 2012. The 2011 and 2012 teams scored back-to-back top-10 finishes in the region for the first time in program history, and both squads came in fourth at the CC Championships.
The Mule women qualified a runner for the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in 2005 and have had a total of five NCAA qualifiers.
In 2007, a program milestone was achieved when the men's and women's teams both qualified runners for the NCAA Championships. Between the two teams, Muhlenberg has been represented at the national meet in each of the last nine seasons.