Wolves men picked ninth, women tabbed 12th; Collier named to preseason second team


Wolves men picked ninth, women tabbed 12th; Collier named to preseason second team
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ROCK HILL - The Newberry men's cross country team has been picked to finish ninth in the South Atlantic Conference, while the women have been picked to finish 12th in the annual poll of the league's coaches. Newberry men's senior Nathan Collier has been named to the preseason All-SAC Second Team, as announced by the conference.

Mars Hill is picked atop the conference, having won 16-straight men's conference titles. Wingate is predicted to finish second, while Lenoir-Rhyne, Lincoln Memorial and Brevard round out the predicted top five.

Newcomer to the South Atlantic Conference, Queens is picked to finish sixth in its debut season. Picked ahead of Newberry at No. 7 and No. 8 is Anderson and Tusculum, respectively. The Wolves are picked ninth after finishing eighth a season ago at the 2012 SAC Championship.

Catawba, Coker and Carson-Newman are picked to finish No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.

Collier (Weatherford, Texas) was named to the preseason All-SAC Second Team after finishing 17th in the 2012 SAC Championship.

On the women's side, Lenoir-Rhyne was picked to win the conference after winning three of the past five women's titles. Wingate nabbed the second spot in the preseason poll, followed by Anderson at No. 3. Mars Hill and Queens finish out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Lincoln Memorial is sixth, Brevard is seventh, Carson-Newman is eighth and Catawba is ninth in the preseason poll. Tusculum is tabbed No. 10 after finishing ninth in the SAC Championship a year ago. The preseason coaches' poll is rounded out by Coker and Newberry at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.

The Wolves open up the 2013 season on Friday at the Gamecock Cross Country Invitational No. 1 to be held at Ft. Jackson's Columbia Hilton Field.

[Full SAC release]

SAC Preseason Men's Cross Country Poll

Pos.

Team

Points

(1st)

1.

Mars Hill

121

(11)

2.

Wingate

111

(1)

3.

Lenoir-Rhyne

97

4.

Lincoln Memorial

80

5.

Brevard

78

6.

Queens

76

7.

Anderson

74

8.

Tusculum

47

9.

Newberry

34

10.Catawba30
11.Coker27
12.Carson-Newman17

SAC Preseason Women's Cross Country Poll

Pos.

Team

Points

(1st)

1.

Lenoir-Rhyne

116

(9)

2.

Wingate

112

(2)

3.

Anderson

93

4.

Mars Hill

91

5.

Queens

82

(1)

6.

Lincoln Memorial

70

7.

Brevard

69

8.

Carson-Newman

56

9.

Catawba

36

10.Tusculum24
11.Coker22
12.Newberry21

Preseason All-SAC

Men
First Team
Steve Hammond, Wingate
Alex Griggs, Mars Hill
Cesar Reyes, Mars Hill
David Cooper, Tusculum
Bradley Maldonado, Lincoln Memorial
Brady Adcock, Mars Hill
Aaron Nelson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team
Parks Edwards, Anderson
Carter Benge, Mars Hill
Patrick Helmick, Brevard
Kiel Bollero, Mars Hill
Binyam Belachew, Wingate
Ryan Mecca, Lincoln Memorial
Nathan Collier, Newberry

Women
First Team
Keeley Wood, Wingate
Kristen Trammel, Mars Hill
Hannah Cook, Brevard
Marie Mauhar, Lenoir-Rhyne
Angela Canale, Brevard
Sydney Hazel, Anderson
Laura Rhyne, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team
Sam Haering, Wingate
Jessica Viscusi, Mars Hill
Ashley Kale, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tia Belter, Lincoln Memorial
Tiana Barnes, Wingate
Savannah Hulbert, Mars Hill
Heidi Hooker, Mars Hill