Aug. 19, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Coastal Carolina University women’s cross country team was selected to finish first in the 2009 Big South Preseason Poll by the league’s head cross country coaches, announced today by the league office.
“We’re happy to be thought of highly by our fellow coaches, however, we all realize preseason polls, in themselves, are more of a reflection of last years success,” Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Alan Connie said. “Our athletes are determined to work hard and represent Coastal Carolina University in the best possible way.”
After capturing the Big South Championship in 2008, the Chanticleers picked up six first place coaches’ votes and a total of 95 points. Liberty was four points behind Coastal Carolina with 91 points and received three first place coaches’ votes. Rounding out the top three is High Point with 82 points. Coming in fourth was Winthrop with 64 points and coming in fifth, seven points behind Winthrop, is VMI with 57 points. Radford took the sixth slot with 54 points and UNC Asheville was picked seventh totaling 39 points. Gardner-Webb was voted eighth with 38 points and Charleston Southern took the ninth slot totaling 17 points. Rounding out the field was Presbyterian with 13 points.
The Chants are returning eight runners, with three newcomers to the roster. Their season begins on Sept. 4 at the Gamecock Open in Columbia, S.C. and the women’s Big South Championships are slated for Oct. 31 at High Point.