AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Mount Union women's cross country team was selected fifth in the preseason Ohio Athletic Conference coaches poll.
The Purple Raiders gathered 55 votes which was three points behind fourth place Ohio Northern (58 pts.).
The Raiders finished third in last year's OAC championship race and are led this year by senior Katie Durisin (Painesville/Riverside) who earned all-conference honors with a fifth place finish at last year's conference meet.
Other key returners for Mount Union include senior Sarah Mason (Alliance/Marlington), junior Kate Wilson (Findlay/Findlay) along with sophomores Krissy Tarter (Alliance/Marlington) and Bri Biery (Beloit/West Branch)
Mount Union opens the season Friday, August 30, at the Quaker Open at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.
The OAC Championship is Saturday, November 2 in Twinsburg, Ohio.
2019 OAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
- Baldwin Wallace -- 79 (7)
- Otterbein -- 67 (1)
- John Carroll -- 66 (2)
- Ohio Northern -- 58
- Mount Union -- 55
- Heidelberg -- 40
- Muskingum -- 28
- Wilmington -- 27
- Capital -- 21
- Marietta -- 9
First place votes in parenthesis, coaches could not vote for their own team