JOPLIN, Mo. - RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
The Missouri Southern women's cross country team has been picked to finish second in the MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll as announced by the league office today.
The Lions, who were ranked fifth in the preseason Central Region poll that was released today, finished third at last year's MIAA Championships. Ashlee Kuykendall and Juliana Determan both earned All-MIAA honors last season.
The Lions finished sixth at last years Central Region Meet, while Kuykendall placed fifth individually to earn All-Region status. The team lost just one runner from last year's squad.
Pittsburg State was picked first with eight first-place votes and 138 total points, but the Lions were right behind with 135 points and three first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney had one first-place vote and was third, followed by Washburn, Central Missouri (one first-place vote), Missouri Western, Newman, Central Oklahoma, Emporia State, Rogers State and Lincoln to round out the poll.
The Lions open up the regular season on September 7 when both squads participate at the Southwest Baptist Invite.
2019 MIAA Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Pitt State (8) - 138 points
2. Missouri Southern (3) - 135 points
3. Nebraska Kearney (1) - 119 points
4. Fort Hays State - 111 points
5. Washburn - 96 points
6. Central Missouri (1) - 76 points
7. Missouri Western - 75 points
8. Northwest Missouri - 73 points
9. Newman - 67 points
10. Central Oklahoma 41 points
11. Emporia State - 36 points
12. Rogers State - 33 points
13. Lincoln - 14 points
Coaches Are Not Allowed To Vote For Their Own Team
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