MACON, Ga. (Aug. 20, 2009) - After claiming its first-ever Atlantic Sun title last fall, the ETSU men's cross country team was selected the team to beat this season, as the league office released its 2009 Preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday afternoon. The ETSU women were voted eighth.
The ETSU men's squad received six of the 11 first-place votes and edged out
The Bucs, who claimed their 21st overall conference championship in 2008, will be led by Atlantic Sun Runner of the Year, Kenneth Rotich (
ETSU has some holes to fill as the Bucs lost all-conference runners Michael Deren (
Meanwhile, on the women's side, Belmont continued to solidify the top spot by totaling 118 votes (eight first-place selections). The Bruins, who have won seven of the last eight team championships, beat out
The Lady Bucs return only two runners from a year ago, but both student-athletes bring a lot of experience to the table, as junior twin sisters Terra and Tesha Haggard (
ETSU was picked to finish eighth in the pack of 11 teams and received 45 total votes. The Lady Bucs were sandwiched between
Stetson will host the 2009 Atlantic Sun Championships on Halloween morning (Oct. 31). The Hatters serve as host for the second time - the last occurred on the same date in 1992. The Hatter Invitational - which the Bucs will compete in on October 16 - will serve as the championship preview meet.
The Buccaneer cross country program kicks off the 2009 season on Friday, Sept. 4, when ETSU competes in the Covered Bridge Open in
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