August 27, 2013

Men's Cross Country Picked 1st OAC and 5th USTFCCA; Women's Cross Country Picked 1st OAC and 6th USTFCCCA

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Mount Union men's and women's cross country teams both took first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference preseason coaches' polls announced Wednesday.

The Purple Raiders are also regionally ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Great Lakes Region polls as the men's team was picked for fifth while the women's team is sixth.

The men's team finished first last season with three runners in the top 10 at the OAC Championships with senior Josh Clemence (Akron/Firestone) leading the way in fourth place as sophomore Alex Wilson (Macedonia/Nordonia) finished in fifth and junior Nate Grimm (Lisbon/Leetonia) finished sixth.

The women's team finished second last season just 10 points behind OAC champion Ohio Northern with senior Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood) leading the way for the Purple Raiders with a seventh place finish.

The men received 74 votes with two first place votes as the women received 77 votes with four first place votes in the OAC.

Men's cross country finished the 2012 season in fifth place as the women's team finished in sixth in the USTFCCCA. The men's squad was one of four OAC school's to get a preseason rank as the women were one of two both receiving the higher rank out of OAC schools.

Both squads travel to the Bill Sudeck Classic hosted by USTFCCCA ranked No. 4 (men's) and No. 5 (women's) Case Western Reserve teams this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio at 11:00 am.

Ohio Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll
MEN

1   Mount Union   74 (2)
2   Ohio Northern   72 (2)
3   John Carroll   71 (5)
4   Wilmington   47
5   Otterbein   45
6   Muskingum   41
7   Baldwin Wallace   34
8   Heidelberg   32
9   Marietta   22
10   Capital   12

 

WOMEN

1   Mount Union   77 (4)
2   John Carroll   73 (3)
3   Ohio Northern   67 (2)
4   Otterbein   55
5   Baldwin Wallace   43
6   Heidelberg   41
7   Wilmington   36
8   Marietta   24
9   Muskingum   21
10   Capital   13


U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
GREAT LAKES REGIONS                                                    

MEN

Rank   Institution   2012 Final
1   Calvin   1
2   Wabash   2
3   Manchester   4
4   Case Western Reserve   3
5   Mount union   5
6   Albion   6
7   Ohio Northern   7
8   John Carroll   9
9   Oberlin   8
10   Muskingum   10

 

WOMEN  

Rank   Institution   2012 Final
1   Oberlin   2
2   Calvin   3
3   Kenyon   4
4   Hope   1
5   Case Western Reserve   5
6   Mount Union   6
7   John Carroll   8
8   Ohio Wesleyan   13
9   DePauw   10
10   Alma   9
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