Men picked fourth, women sixth in preseason cross country poll

BREVARD, N.C. – The South Atlantic Conference released its annual preseason men’s and women’s cross country polls this morning, with Brevard voted into a tie for fourth on the men’s side while the women will enter the season in the No. 6 spot.

The men’s team finished fourth at last year’s conference championship, behind Anderson but ahead of Lincoln Memorial. The Trojans earned the third spot in the preseason poll, while the Railsplitters and Tornados tied for the fourth slot.

Mars Hill, which has won a record 17 consecutive SAC championships, is picked to defend their title this year, with Wingate earning the second spot in the poll.

Brevard’s women’s team finished sixth in the poll after a sixth-place finish in last year’s conference championship. Wingate, the 2013 Southeast Regional champions, was picked to defend its 2013 championship, with Queens and Mars Hill predicted to duplicate last season’s results by finishing second and third, respectively.

The Tornados open the season at the Catawba Invitational on Friday, September 5. This year’s South Atlantic Conference Championships will take place in Salisbury, North Carolina on November 8.

Click here to read the full release from the South Atlantic Conference.

2014 Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

School                                     Total
1. Mars Hill                               120
2. Queens                                 112
3. Anderson                               95
4. Lincoln Memorial                   80
    Brevard                                  80
6. Wingate                                 78
7. Lenoir-Ryne                           68
8. Carson-Newman                    42
9. Tusculum                               38
10. Coker                                   28
11. Catawba                              27
12. Newberry                             24

2014 Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

School                                     Total
1. Wingate                                121
2. Queens                                 110
3. Mars Hill                                 97
4. Anderson                                91
5. Lenoir-Rhyne                         86
6. Brevard                                  69
7. Lincoln Memorial                    59
8. Catawba                                 44
9. Carson-Newman                    39
10. Tusculum                              32
11. Coker                                    23
12. Newberry                              21

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