Cross Country

Cross Country Picked Middle of SAC Pack, Host Meet on Saturday

ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- The Catawba men’s cross country team was picked sixth and the women seventh in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Preseason Coaches Polls.   The Queens men and the Wingate women were selected as the favorites to take titles as released by the conference on Wednesday. 

Catawba’s men has seven runners back from last year, led by sophomore Curtis Carmack, who led the squad in three of six races.  He had a pair of top 1-0 runs in 2015.  Sophomore Drew Lake had a sixth-place finish at the Catawba Invitational in leading the team.  Sophomore Sean McMahon was the top team runner at the conference meet.

For the women, sophomore Abbie Adams leads the way as she led the ladies in all six meets a year ago.  She posted three top 10 finishes and was the top Division II runner at the Elon Invitational.  Sophomore Morgan Grubb was second on the team to Adams in five races was second at the Elon Invitational.  Sophomore Nikki Elminowski had a top 10 at Elon and was had the team’s second best time at the Queens Invitational.

The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country season is set to get underway on Friday, Sept. 2.  Catawba will host the Chick-fil-A Invitational on Saturday, September 3, at Salisbury Community Park.  The meet begins with the men’s race at 9 a.m.

Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Queens (11), 131
2. Mars Hill (1), 111
3. Anderson, 98
4. Wingate, 87
5. Lincoln Memorial, 81
6. Catawba, 67
7. Coker, 58
8. Lenoir-Rhyne, 50
9. Brevard, 35
10. Carson-Newman, 32
11. Tusculum, 27
12. Newberry, 12
 
Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (11), 121
2. Queens (1), 119
3. Anderson, 101
4. Carson-Newman, 86
5. Coker, 76
6. Lincoln Memorial, 73
7. Catawba, 62
8. Mars Hill, 51
9. Lenoir-Rhyne, 45
10. Tusculum, 29
11. Brevard, 17
12. Newberry, 11

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