Atlantic Sun Releases 2011 Preseason Cross Country Polls

Atlantic Sun Releases 2011 Preseason Cross Country Polls

MACON, Ga. – As the 2011 cross country season approaches, the Atlantic Sun Conference released its preseason poll today with the USC Upstate men in fourth and the women in fifth as announced by the conference office.  

On the men's side, Kennesaw State was picked to win its third-straight A-Sun title, collecting nine first-place votes and 99 points. Belmont, the host of the 2011 A-Sun Championship, took second and earned 82 points and one first-place nod, while North Florida claimed the No. 3 spot with 77 points.

The Spartan men, who finished third at the A-Sun Championship last season, tallied 74 points to take the No. 4 slot, while ETSU was fifth with 61 points. Upstate returns two all-conference team members and one from the all-freshman team, including the 2010 A-Sun individual champion junior Gilbert Kemboi.

North Florida topped the women's poll with 98 points and eight first-place votes, after winning the 2010 A-Sun Championship. Lipscomb came in second, totaling 92 points and two first-place nods. Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 spot with 77 points, while Belmont took the No. 4 position with 68 points.

The Upstate women rounded out the top five, collecting 65 points. The Spartans have finished fourth the last two years in the A-Sun Championship. Upstate returns three all-conference team members, including first team selection senior Joan Tangwar.

In the 2011 men's preseason poll, Mercer ranked sixth with 45 points, while Florida Gulf Coast and Lipscomb tied for seventh with 41 points each. Stetson (18 points) and Jacksonville (12 points) closed out the poll in the No. 9 and No. 10 spots, respectively.

The bottom half of the 2011 women's preseason poll saw FGCU in the No. 6 slot with 37 points, followed by Mercer (37 points) and Kennesaw State (36 points). The list finished with ETSU in ninth and Stetson in 10th collecting 21 and 10 points, respectively.

Both Upstate teams open the 2011 season Sept. 2, hosting the Eye Opener Invitational. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook and Twitter.


2011 A-Sun Preseason Men's Cross Country Poll

Pl.           Team (First-Place Votes)               Points

1.            Kennesaw State (9)                        99

2.            Belmont (1)                                     82

3.            North Florida                                   77

4.            USC Upstate                                    74

5.            ETSU                                                61

6.            Mercer                                             45

t-7.         Florida Gulf Coast                             41

t-7.         Lipscomb                                          41

9.            Stetson                                            18

10.          Jacksonville                                      12


2011 A-Sun Preseason Women's Cross Country Poll

Pl.           Team (First-Place Votes)               Points

1.            North Florida (8)                               98

2.            Lipscomb (2)                                     92

3.            Jacksonville                                       77

4.            Belmont                                            68

5.            USC Upstate                                     65

6.            Florida Gulf Coast                             46

7.            Mercer                                               37

8.            Kennesaw State                               36

9.            ETSU                                                 21

10.          Stetson                                             10