Newberry is predicted to finish 12th for men and women cross country teams


Newberry is predicted to finish 12th for men and women cross country teams
Thursday, August 27, 2015 | by Cam Eggeman, Athletic Communications Assistant

Newberry cross country team will look to improve on 12th place prediction in SAC preseason polls

ROCK HILL – The Newberry College men’s and women’s cross country teams are predicted to finish 12th in the annual preseason coaches’ poll, which was released Thursday.  

The men’s team earned 16 points in the poll, nine points behind Brevard. The women’s team is has 18 points in the poll, which is 12 points behind Catawba. 

The men’s team is led by Charlie Cook (Simpsonville, S.C.), who had the team’s fastest time at the 2014 South Atlantic Conference meet with a 27:58.89 time over the 8-kilometer course. The Wolves also return two seniors, Taylor Dennard(Forsyth, Ga.) and Peter Hackett (Sumter, S.C.). Dennard’s fastest time last year was 34:09.70 at the Winthrop Invitational. Hackett posted his best time at the SAC Championship at 28:58.91. 

The women’s team is led by returning senior Diana Terrell (Greer, S.C.). Terrell posted her best time at the USC Upstate Invitational during the 2014 season with a time of 23:44.13 over the 5-kilometer course. Terrell will be leading the way for four incoming freshmen, Katy Crout (Gilbert, S.C.), Hayden Francis (Snellville, Ga.), Michelle Ling (St. George, S.C.) and Alyssa White (Hilton Head Island, S.C.).

The Wolves kick off the season on September 5 at Columbia International University’s Palmetto State Cross Country Festival. Newberry is slated to run in five regular season events before the South Atlantic Conference Championships at the Waisoto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, Ky., on October 24.

 

2015 Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Rank

School (First Place Votes

Total

1

Mars Hill (8)

121

2

Queens (3)

115

3

Wingate (1)

102

4

Lenoir-Rhyne

90

5

Lincoln Memorial

81

6

Anderson

71

7

Coker

55

8

Catawba

43

9

Tusculum

42

 

Carson-Newman

42

11

Brevard

25

12

Newberry

16

2015 Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Rank

School (first-place votes

Total

1

Wingate (8)

125

2

Queens (4)

114

3

Anderson

100

4

Lenoir-Rhyne

86

5

Lincoln Memorial

83

6

Mars Hill

77

7

Brevard

48

8

Coker

47

9

Carson-Newman

40

10

Tusculum

31

11

Catawba

30

12

Newberry

18