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
|1||Mount Union||74 (2)|
|2||Ohio Northern||72 (2)|
|3||John Carroll||71 (5)|
|1||Mount Union||77 (4)|
|2||John Carroll||73 (3)|
|3||Ohio Northern||67 (2)|
U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
GREAT LAKES REGIONS
|4||Case Western Reserve||3|
|5||Case Western Reserve||5|