Men Tabbed 4th, Women Picked 3rd in NE-10 Cross Country Championship Coaches’ Poll

CROSS COUNTRY EARNS HIGH PRAISE FROM LEAGUE COACHES IN PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP POLL

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With the Northeast-10 Cross Country Championships looming this Sunday, the Merrimack College men's and women's cross country teams have both been selected to finish in the top-four of their respective sides, as the league unveiled the 2013 NE-10 Cross Country Championship Coaches' Polls Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams are in the midst of stellar seasons and have been regulars in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Rankings, with the women even earning votes in the National Rankings at one point of the season.

The men hauled in 147 total points to place fourth in the 15-team field, and if that prediction were accurate, it would mark the second-best finish in program history at the NE-10 Championships; the last time the men finished fourth was in the fall of 2008, with the other fourth-place finish coming in 1997. The best-ever finish for the Warrior men was in their very first season in 1996, when they placed third in the league championships.

The men trailed only third-place AIC (169), second-place Franklin Pierce (181) and defending champion and first-place Stonehill (186) in the 15-team field, and are predicted to finish ahead of Adelphi, Assumption, Bentley, Southern Connecticut, Saint rose, New Haven, Saint Anselm, Saint Michael's, Le Moyne, Southern New Hampshire and Pace, in that order.

Meanwhile, the women were picked to place third after garnering 159 voting points. A sixth-place finisher as a team last year, if the Warriors were to finish in third, it would mark the team's second-best finish in the history of the program; the only time Merrimack has finished higher than third was during the squad's three-peat era in the late 90's, when the Navy and Gold placed first at the 1997, 1998 and 1999 NE-10 Championships.

The women were only predicted to finish behind second-place Bentley and unanimous pre-championship favorite and reigning champion Stonehill, who garnered 14 first-place votes. Should the predictions hold true, Merrimack would finish ahead of Saint Rose, Adelphi, Saint Anselm, Southern Connecticut, Southern New Hampshire, Saint Michael's, AIC, Le Moyne, Assumption, Franklin Pierce, New Haven and Pace, in that order.

Sunday's race will be hosted by Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Live results will be posted via Twitter from the Northeast-10 Conference's official twitter.

Men's Cross Country Championship Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Stonehill - 186 (7)
2. Franklin Pierce - 181 (7)
3. American Int'l - 169
4. Merrimack - 147
5. Adelphi - 142 (1)
6. Assumption - 133
7. Bentley - 118
8. Southern Conn. St. - 105
9. Saint Rose - 103
10. New Haven - 70
11. Saint Anselm - 65
12. Saint Michael's - 55
13. Le Moyne - 49
14. Southern New Hampshire - 30
15. Pace - 22

Women's Cross Country Championship Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Stonehill - 196 (14)
2. Bentley - 171 (1)
3. Merrimack - 159
4. Saint Rose - 142
5. Adelphi - 132
6. Saint Anselm - 114
7. Southern Conn. St. - 113
8. Southern New Hampshire - 112
9. Saint Michael's - 108
10. American In'tl - 97
11. Le Moyne - 61
12. Assumption - 57
13. Franklin Pierce - 48
14. New Haven - 43
15. Pace - 22

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