Women's Cross Country Rated Seventh in Preseason Coaches Poll
August 28, 2014
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The back-to-back Conference Carolinas champions, King University is the preseason favorite to take their third straight crown in 2014. Pfeiffer, under first year Head Coach Chris Wood, has been selected to finish in seventh place.
After winning the conference title a season ago, the Tornado finished sixth at the NCAA Southeast Regional, with senior Hannah Witt taking the individual title at both the conference and regional meets. However, the Tornado have to replace her as well as three other seniors.
Second in the poll is the University of Mount Olive, who returns two All-Conference Carolinas runners from last year’s Conference Carolinas runner-up. Bailee Henry was last year’s Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and earned All-Conference second team honors. Emily Shaw was named to last year’s All-Conference third team.
The Trojans have finished second in the conference championship in each of the last two years, marking the best-ever finish in school history. Mount Olive was ranked as high as No. 5 in the USTFCCCA Division II Southeast Region Top 10 and finished 12th at last year’s NCAA II Southeast Regional
Barton College completes the top three in the preseason poll. The Bulldogs won two events in 2013 and the team posted four top-three finishes in six events. Eight runners from that squad return this season, including six consistent scorers.
The preseason polls are completed with, North Greenville finishing fourth followed by Belmont Abbey, Converse, Pfeiffer, Erskine, Limestone and Lees-McRae respectively.
Conference Carolinas Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
(# of First Place Votes in Parenthesis)
King 85 (6)
Mount Olive 84 (3)
Barton 70 (0)
North Greenville 68 (1)
Belmont Abbey 57