Cross country squads selected 10th in preseason SAC polls

Cross country squads selected 10th in preseason SAC polls
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Newberry College women's and men's cross country teams were selected 10th in the coaches' South Atlantic Conference preseason polls on Wednesday. The women finished with 10 total votes while the men received 12.

Newberry coach Shawn McCullion believes both squads have a chance to improve results from last season.

"We are excited for the start of the season. We've recruited runners dedicated in the classroom and in their sport." McCullion said. "Our recruits are excited to be here and ready to make a name for Newberry cross country."

Anderson edged Lenoir-Rhyne for the top spot in the women's poll receiving 96 points to Lenoir-Rhyne's 93. The Trojans received six first-place votes while the Bears were selected to finish first by four teams.

Mars Hill tops the men's poll with 93 points and seven first-place votes while Anderson finished just behind with 89 points and received three first-place votes.

Complete preseason polls and preseason all-SAC teams are listed below.

Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team Points (1st-Place Votes)

1. Anderson 96 (6)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 93 (4)
3. Wingate 79
4. Mars Hill 67
5. Carson-Newman 56
6. Catawba 48
7. Brevard 43
8. Lincoln Memorial 36
9. Tusculum 22
10. Newberry 10

Women's Cross Country Preseason All-SAC Team

First Team

Whitney Bishoff, Anderson
Lydia Davis, Anderson
Angela Canale, Brevard
Amanda Barnes, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kate Griewisch, Lenoir-Rhyne
Cassie Adamson, Mars Hill
Keeley Wood, Wingate

Second Team

Emily Eckroth, Anderson
Brooke Earhart, Carson-Newman
Olivia Myers, Catawba
Peyton Thompson, Catawba
Tiffany Payne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Laura Rhyne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Fiona Reinecke, Lincoln Memorial

Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team Points (1st-Place)

1. Mars Hill 93 (7)
2. Anderson 89 (3)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 77
3. Wingate 77
5. Catawba 55
6. Brevard 49
7. Lincoln Memorial 47
8. Carson-Newman 26
9. Tusculum 25
10. Newberry 12

Men's Cross Country Preseason All-SAC Team

First Team

Christian Crifasi, Catawba
Jakob Maidens, Lenoir-Rhyne
Derrick Lindsay, Lincoln Memorial
Justin Gragg, Mars Hill
Binyam Belachew, Wingate
Steve Hammond, Wingate
Andrew Smith, Wingate

Second Team

Parks Edwards, Anderson
Deniz Hay, Anderson
Kyle Koby, Anderson
Alex Pena, Anderson
Zack Queen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mike Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Eric Blackburn, Mars Hill