(Center Valley, Pa. – Aug. 30, 2012) The Colgate men’s cross country team was selected to finish sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, which is voted on by the coaches and sports information directors.
The Navy men, who have won four straight Patriot League titles, were the first-place pick of 13 voters and garnered 97 points overall to take the top spot in the poll. American was next with 84 points and a pair of first-place votes, with Lehigh picking up the remaining first-place projection and taking home 71 points. Army (64), Bucknell (53), Colgate (39), Lafayette (23) and Holy Cross (17) completed the rankings on the men’s side.
While the Mids lead the preseason poll, the favorite for the individual title is likely Colgate senior Chris Johnson. He won the 2011 individual title at Lehigh with a time of 24:53.9, and went on to compete in the NCAA Championship where he finished 115th. Johnson will get to run on his home course as he tries to become the second straight repeat winner after Navy’s Andrew Hanko claimed the individual crown in 2009 and 2010.
Johnson and American’s Mark Allen are the only two returnees who earned first-team All-Patriot League honors last year, with Allen finishing seventh in the championship race.
The Patriot League cross country schedule opens up on Friday, with every team competing on the first weekend. On Saturday, American, Holy Cross, Bucknell and Navy will join host Colgate at the Harry Lang Invitational in a preview of October’s Patriot League Championship.
The 2012 Patriot League Cross Country Championships will be contested at Colgate University’s Harry H. Lang Course on Oct. 27 beginning at 11 a.m.
Patriot League Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
School (1st) Pts.
1. Navy (13) 97
2. American (2) 84
3. Lehigh (1) 71
4. Army 64
5. Bucknell 53
6. Colgate 39
7. Lafayette 23
8. Holy Cross 17