AUGUSTA, Ga. – Leading up to the first year back in action, the North Georgia College & State women's cross country team was chosen to finish 11th in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference standings by the league's coaches.
North Georgia has not competed in cross country since the 2010 season when the program was discontinued. The Saints will be led this year by Tom Williams, a 20-year veteran who last coached at Walton High School where he made 14 State Championship appearances.
Defending conference champion, the University of Montevallo, was tabbed to claim its second league crown in as many years. The Falcons won the PBC title in 2011 with four runners in the top-10.
Rounding out the top-five were Augusta State in second, Clayton State in third, Columbus State in fourth and the University of North Carolina Pembroke in fifth. Flagler College, Georgia College, the University of South Carolina Aiken, Young Harris Francis Marion, North Georgia and Georgia Southwestern rounded out the voting.
The field has changed in women's cross country as the PBC added Young Harris as its 14th official member over the summer and the Saints brought back their women's program. There will be 12 programs competing in the PBC in 2012, the most in the league's history since 1999.
The 2012 season for the Saints will get underway on Sept. 1 at the Young Harris Invitational and will end on Oct. 20 at the Peach Belt Conference Championships held in Montevallo, Ala. North Georgia will compete in eight events this season and will boast a roster size of 18 including eight freshmen, five sophomores, four juniors and one senior.