SSU XC picked first in both MSC Preseason Polls


Staff Report



The Shawnee State men’s and women’s cross country programs were each favored to win the Mid-South Conference in the 2017 preseason coaches’ polls that were released on Wednesday afternoon.

Shawnee State’s men received 36 points in the poll, and received six of seven first place votes. The Bears were six points ahead of Campbellsville, with the Tigers getting 30 points and the final first place vote.

Shawnee State’s women finished 14 points ahead of second place Cumberlands (Ky.), getting 49 votes and seven of eight first place votes to take first in the preseason poll. Lindsey Wilson received the additional first place vote and finished tied for fourth with Life in the overall poll.

Both of the Bears’ men’s and women’s programs won the Mid-South Conference last season to qualify for the NAIA National Championships. SSU’s women won their seventh conference championship in a row since joining the Mid-South Conference, and the men won their sixth in seven tries.

Mid-South Conference Runner of the Year Anna Havranek, along with Scioto County runners Devon Applegate (Minford), Hunter Bennington (South Webster), and Brooke Smith (Wheelersburg), the Shawnee State cross country programs will begin their title defenses with the Mid-South Conference Preview Meet in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 8.

2017 Mid-South Conference Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Position

Team

Points (first-place votes)

1

Shawnee State

36 (six first-place votes)

2

Campbellsville (Ky.)

30 (one first-place vote)

3

Cumberlands (Ky.)

26

4.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

20

5.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

18

6.

Georgetown (Ky.)

11

7.

Pikeville (Ky.)

6

2017 Mid-South Conference Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Position

Team

Points (first-place votes)

1.

Shawnee State

49 (seven first-place votes)

2.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

35

3.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

31

t-4.

Life (Ga.)

29

t-4.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

29 (one first-place vote)

t-6.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

22

t-6.

Georgetown (Ky.)

22

8.

Pikeville (Ky.)

7

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