Men's Cross Country: Mount Union Picked First in OAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Men's Cross Country: Mount Union Picked First in OAC Preseason Coaches Poll

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union men's cross country team was picked first in the Ohio Athletic Conference Preseason Poll.

The Purple Raiders recieved 74 points which was two points ahead of second place Ohio Northern (72 pts.) Both Mount Union and Ohio Northern each received five first place votes.

The Raiders finished second at last year's OAC Championship and are led this year by senior Adam Sopchak (Chardon/Chardon) who finished fourth overall at the conference meet.

Other top returners include fellow senior Nick Thomas (Louisville/Louisville), sophomore Jon Bach (Wadsworth/Wadsworth), and fellow sophomore Jared Marsh (Massillon/Massillon Jackson).

Mount Union opens the season Friday, September 1, at the Ric Sayre Invitational at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

The OAC Championship is Saturday, October 28 in Tiffin, Ohio.

2017 OAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. Mount Union 74 (5)
  2. Ohio Northern 72 (5)
  3. Otterbein 63
  4. John Carroll 57
  5. Heidelberg 49
  6. Badlwin Wallace 41
  7. Wilmington 35
  8. Capital 30
  9. Muskingum 20
  10. Marietta 9