Upstate Sits Tight In Coaches Poll

Upstate Sits Tight In Coaches Poll

MACON, Ga. – After one week of action in the 2010 cross country season the Atlantic Sun Cross Country Coaches' Poll has been released as the USC Upstate men's cross country squad is still holding tight to second place, women third.

Kennesaw State, who sits in first place, saw its lead decrease to ten points over USC Upstate despite adding to their overall point total of 115, while Jacksonville's advantage over UNF decreased by five points after the Ospreys claimed the JU Short Course Duals over the defending A-Sun Champion Dolphins.

Kennesaw State received eight of the 11 first-place votes, while USC Upstate claimed two to put them in second place just ahead of Belmont, who picked up the final first-place vote. The Bruins jumped ahead of ETSU from the preseason poll after an impressive showing at the USC Upstate Eye Opener meet in which they finished in third place just behind the host Spartans.

The women's side mirrored the men's poll with the top team, Jacksonville, earning eight of the first-place votes followed by UNF in second place with two votes and USC Upstate in third with the final vote. The Spartans had a strong showing over the weekend at the Eye Opener, finishing second, and in return picked up 13 points in the poll to move to within two points of the Ospreys.

The only other shift in positioning in the men's poll came from Campbell as the Camels leapfrogged FGCU for eighth place as result of their fifth-place finish at the Eye Opener. Two changes occurred in the women's poll as Lipscomb passed Kennesaw State for fourth place and Campbell tied FGCU for seventh place.

Four cross country squads are in action this weekend and compete in four different meets. On Friday, Lipscomb and Kennesaw State run in the UT Chattanooga PowerAde XC Invitational, while Mercer competes in the Georgia State Invitational and Campbell treks to Wilmington, N.C. for the UNC Wilmington Seahawk Invitational. The Bisons also run in the Vermont Invitational on Sunday.

Upstate will return to competition next week, Friday the 17, when both the men's and women's squads travel to Clemson, S.C. to race at the Clemson Cross Country Invitational. The race is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts five of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

2010 Atlantic Sun Men's Cross Country - Week 1

Rank Previous Ranking School (First Place Votes) Votes
1 1 Kennesaw State (8) 115
2 2 USC Upstate (2) 105
3 3 Belmont (1) 93
4 4 ETSU 87
5 5 UNF 83
6 6 Lipscomb 72
7 7 Mercer 51
8 9 Campbell 48
9 8 FGCU 39
10 10 Jacksonville 18
11 11 Stetson 15


2010 Atlantic Sun Women's Cross Country - Week 1

Rank Previous Ranking School (First Place Votes) Votes
1 1 Jacksonville (8) 117
2 2 UNF (2) 104
3 3 USC Upstate (1) 102
4 5 Lipscomb 82
5 4 Kennesaw State 80
6 6 Belmont 69
T7 8 Campbell 47
T7 7 FGCU 47
9 9 Mercer 43
10 10 ETSU 21
11 11 Stetson 14