ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Southern Vermont College selected to win the NECC Women’s Cross Country Title in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, voted on by the league head coaches.
The Mountaineers finished with 55 total points and three first place nods. SVC returns three of their runners from a season ago who finished second overall at the NECC Championship.
Lesley University tied for second in the polls with Elms College, as both collected 52 total points. The Lynx earned three first place votes, while the Blazers collected one first place nod.
Lesley will look to their experienced squad to elevate themselves after a third place finish in the 2016 conference meet. The Lynx return their top runner from a season ago, Amy Bouchard, who finished seventh overall.
Elms is lead by senior standout Sarah Tatgenhorst who finished sixth in the 2016 NECC Championship. The Blazers also return five of their runners from a season ago, who finished fourth at the NECC Championship.
The final first place vote went to Wheelock College who tallied 34 points. The Wildcats will rely on junior Emma Wilson to lead the team after her eighth place finish in the 2016 NECC Championship.
Mitchell College landed in fifth with 30 points as they return six runners from 2016. The Mariners will look to first-year head coach Jan Merrill-Morin to improve on their finish.
In close behind with 29 points was Newbury College; the Nighthawks have a strong returning class that will look to challenge in the conference.
Closing out the polls in seventh place is Dean College with 19 points, while Bay Path University landed in eighth with 17 points. The Dean College Bulldogs look to make a splash as new members of the NECC.
NECC teams will begin their seasons with meets starting on Saturday, September 2nd. The NECC Championship will be held at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. on October 28th, 2017
2017 NECC Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- Southern Vt. - 55 (3)
- Lesley - 52 (3)
- Elms – 52 (1)
- Wheelock– 34 (1)
- Mitchell - 30
- Newbury – 29
- Dean – 19
- Bay Path - 17