Aug. 24, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - The Coastal Carolina men's cross country team has been picked to finish seventh in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll by the league's head cross country coaches, as announced today by the conference office.
Defending champion Liberty has tied a conference record by winning six straight Big South titles, however, 2010 conference runner-up High Point is this year's conference favorite. The Panthers collected eight of 11 first-place votes and 118 total points. Liberty notched two first-place nods and 108 points, while third-place VMI earned the final first-place vote and 103 points. Winthrop (80 points) and Campbell (71 points) were listed fourth and fifth, respectively. Following them, Radford (sixth place, 58 points), Coastal Carolina (seventh place, 57 points) and UNC Asheville (eighth place, 50 points) were separated by only eight points. Charleston Southern (ninth place, 36 points), Gardner-Webb (10th place, 32 points) and Presbyterian College (11th place, 13 points) ended up in the final three spots in the men's standings.
The Coastal men's squad will be led by senior standout Kyle Kling. Kling paced the Chants in each event a year ago on his way to earning All-Big South Conference honors and qualifying for the NCAA East Regional meet. Kling was also named to the Big South All-Academic team for his work in the classroom.
Head coach Jeff Jacobs will also be looking for freshmen Tyler Cummings, Zach Hensel, Joseph Keitt, and Evan Niciphorto step up and contribute heavily in their first season wearing the Coastal teal and black.
Coastal will open its 2011 campaign on Sept. 2, when the Chanticleers compete in the South Carolina Gamecock Open. The men's 5K race will begin at 6:30 p.m.
2011 Big South Conference Preseason Men's Cross Country Poll
1) High Point (8 first-place votes) - 118 total points
2) Liberty (2) - 108
3) VMI (1) - 103
4) Winthrop - 80
5) Campbell - 71
6) Radford - 58
7) Coastal Carolina - 57
8) UNC Asheville - 50
9) Charleston Southern - 36
10) Gardner-Webb - 32
11) Presbyterian College - 13