Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Tornados picked seventh in the SAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rock Hill, S.C. -  Returning sophomore Angela Canale was selected to the 2011 Preseason All-SAC Cross Country team and the Tornados were selected seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

Canale, a 2010 All-SAC First Team and All-Freshman selection, was named to the preseason First Team and heads up a strong squad under second year head coach Jack Daniels.

Defending South Atlantic Conference champion Anderson was picked No. 1 in the 2011 women’s cross country preseason coaches’ poll, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Trojans, led by 2010 SAC Runner of the Year Whitney Bishoff, tallied six first-place votes.

No. 2 in the poll is Lenoir-Rhyne, which received the other four first-place votes from the coaches. The Bears will once again be paced by 2010 NCAA Southeast Region champion and USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Athlete of the Year Kate Griewisch, who also recorded an 18th-place finish at the NCAA National Championship a year ago.

Wingate is third in the women’s poll, followed by Mars Hill at No. 4, Carson-Newman at No. 5 and Catawba at No. 6.

Brevard is next at No. 7, followed by Lincoln Memorial, Tusculum and Newberry.

The preseason All-SAC team was also announced on Wednesday. Leading the way was Lenoir-Rhyne, which placed two student-athletes on the first team – including Griewisch -- and two on the second team.

Led by Bishoff, Anderson had two first-team and one second-team selection, while Brevard, Wingate and Mars Hill each placed one student-athlete on the first-team.

Catawba landed two second-team preseason selections, and Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial each had one student-athlete earn second-team distinctions.

South Atlantic Conference cross country officially gets underway on Sept. 1 when Lincoln Memorial competes in the Asbury-Jessamine Invitational. The 2011 Food Lion SAC Championship will be hosted by Carson-Newman on Oct. 22 in Morristown, Tenn.

Team Points (1st Place)
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