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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MOWER NAMED PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-SAC IN CROSS COUNTRY

Tornados picked fifth in Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rock Hill, S.C. – Josh Mower was selected to the 2012 Preseason All-SAC Cross Country First Team and the Tornados were selected fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll as announced by the conference office on Thursday.

Mars Hill, which has won 15-straight Food Lion SAC Men’s Cross Country Championships, has been voted as the 2012 preseason favorite by the league’s coaches, it was announced on Thursday. 

The Lions edged Anderson, the 2012 preseason poll’s second-ranked team, by just two points at last season’s SAC Championship.  MHC also had three runners – led by senior Eric Blackburn -- named to the 2012 preseason All-SAC Team, which is based on results from last year’s conference championship. 

Anderson had three student-athletes named to the preseason All-SAC Team as well, including first-teamers Parks Edwards and Alex Pena.  Both finished in the top 10 at the 2011 SAC Championship. 

 Wingate finished third at last year’s SAC Championship and was voted third in the 2012 preseason poll.  Two Bulldogs earned spots on the preseason All-Conference Team, including junior Steve Hammond, who had the fifth-best time at the 2011 SAC Championship. 

 WU was followed in the poll by No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 5 Brevard and No. 6 Lincoln Memorial.  Lenoir-Rhyne’s two preseason All-SAC picks included 2011 SAC Championship third-place finisher Mike York, while Brevard was represented on the team by junior Josh Mower, who finished 11th at the event.

Rounding out the poll was Newberry at No. 7, Catawba at No. 8, Carson-Newman at No. 9 and Tusculum at No. 10.

Catawba senior Christian Crifasi -- the individual runner up at the 2011 SAC Championship -- is a preseason All-SAC First Team pick, while Tusculum sophomore David Cooper, who placed 21st, is on the Second Team.

2012 SAC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Team                              Points (1st-place votes)

1. Mars Hill                          77 (5)

2. Anderson                         76 (4)

3. Wingate                           62 (1)

4. Lenoir-Rhyne                    58

5. Brevard                            49

6. Lincoln Memorial              39

7. Newberry                         29

8. Catawba                          28

9. Carson-Newman               21

10. Tusculum                       11

 

First Team

Eric Blackburn, Mars Hill

Christian Crifasi, Catawba

Parks Edwards, Anderson

Steve Hammond, Wingate

Josh Mower, Brevard

Alex Pena, Anderson

Mike York, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team

Joshua Adcock, Mars Hill

Biniam Ateka Belachew, Wingate

David Cooper, Tusculum

Josh Greenfield-Tuttle, Mars Hill

Kyle Koby, Anderson

Aaron Nelson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Matthew Shaffer, Anderson