Elon Women’s Cross Country Tabbed as SoCon Preseason Favorite

Posted by Press Release on August 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – The Elon women’s cross country team has been selected as the favorite in the Southern Conference 2013 Cross Country Preseason Poll, as announced by the league office on today, Aug. 21.

This is the second straight season that the women’s squad has been tabbed as the favorite by the league’s coaches. The Phoenix women received five first-place votes and a total of 93 points overall. Elon finished as the runner-up in last year’s SoCon Championships – just four points shy of the league crown – and returns five of its top seven runners from a year ago.

The Phoenix edged out Furman in the top spot, who received four first-place votes. UNCG earned two first-place votes, but was placed fifth in the poll behind Samford and reigning league champion Appalachian State.

The men’s team was placed eighth in the preseason poll, receiving 25 total points. The maroon and gold returns Luis Vargas, who became the first Elon male to earn first team All-SoCon honors after recording a sixth-place finish at the 2012 league championships.

Furman and UNCG tied for first atop the men’s poll, with the Spartans earning six first-place votes to lead the conference. Furman received two first-place votes along with Chattanooga, who was tabbed third.

The Elon cross country programs will begin its 2013 campaign on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Demon Deacon Quad in Winston Salem, N.C.

2013 Cross Country Preseason Polls

Team (first-place votes)         Points
1. Elon (5)                      93
2. Furman (4)                    86
3. Samford                       79
4. Appalachian State             76
5. UNCG (2)                      61
6. Davidson                      58
7. Western Carolina              48
8. Chattanooga                   40
9. Wofford                       28
10. Georgia Southern             20
11. The Citadel                  16
Team (first-place votes)         Points
T1. Furman (2)                   73
T1. UNCG (6)                     73
3. Chattanooga (2)               65
4. Appalachian State             64
5. Davidson                      48
6. Samford                       42
7. Western Carolina              31
8. Elon                          25
9. The Citadel                   19
10. Wofford                      10

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