Wolves men and women XC predicted to finish ninth

Wolves men and women XC predicted to finish ninth
Friday, August 20, 2010 | by South Atlantic Conference poll indicates uphill battle for Wolves XC teams

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Newberry College men's and women's cross country teams were each predicted to finish in ninth place in the annual South Atlantic Conference preseason coaches' poll released by the league office Friday afternoon.

The Wolves cross country men accumulated 24 points in the poll. Winners of 13 consecutive SAC championships, Mars Hill College tops the poll with 100 points and all 10 first place votes.

The Newberry men finished tied for sixth at the SAC Championships in Hickory, N.C. in October of last year. The Wolves' top placement came on October 2 at the Bulldog/Panther Invitational in Orangeburg, S.C. when Newberry took second place.

Picking up 20 points in the preseason poll, the Newberry cross country women also are predicted to finish ninth. 2008 and 2009 SAC champions Lenoir-Rhyne University earned all 10 first place votes and are predicted to finish in first place.

The Wolves cross country women grabbed eighth place at the 2009 SAC Championships and earned a top placement of fourth at the Bulldog/Panther Invitational.

Newberry cross country's first race of the 2010 season is the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. on September 4.

2010 SAC Men's XC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team1st Place VotesPoints
Mars Hill College10100
Lenoir-Rhyne University83
Anderson University71
Wingate University70
Catawba College65
Carson-Newman College48
Brevard College45
Lincoln Memorial University29
Newberry College24
Tusculum College15

2010 SAC Men's XC Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team
Christian Crifasi, Catawba
Tyler Mooney, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kit Powell, Mars Hill
Justin Gregg, Mars Hill
Trey McCain, Mars Hill
Aaron Thomas, Mars Hill
Simon Holzapfel, Tusculum

Second Team
Jonathan Madden, Carson-Newman
Justin Smith, Catawba
Jakob Maidens, Lenoir-Rhyne
Patrick Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Zack Queen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Derrick Lindsay, Lincoln Memorial
Eric Blackburn, Mars Hill

2010 SAC Women's XC Preason Coaches' Poll

Team1st Place VotesPoints
Lenoir-Rhyne University10100
Carson-Newman College80
Anderson University76
Wingate University74
Lincoln Memorial University59
Catawba College52
Mars Hill College75
Brevard College33
Newberry College20
Tusculum College11

2010 SAC Women's XC Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team
Whitney Bishoff, Anderson
Brooke Earhart, Carson-Newman
Meredith Nix, Carson-Newman
Kate Griewisch, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tiffany Payne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Sofia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Alicia Harbold, Wingate

Second Team
Melissa Ford, Carson-Newman
Hannah Thomas, Catawba
Liz Chaffee, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amanda Barnes, Lenoir-Rhyne
Fiona Reinecke, Lincoln Memorial
Ashley Robbins, Lincoln Memorial
Hannah Moore, Mars Hill