August 20, 2008

PBC Announces Preseason Coaches' Poll

AUGUSTA, GA - Both the Columbus State men’s and women’s cross country teams have been selected as the preseason teams to beat in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches. North Georgia was picked to finish fourth on the men's side and seventh on the women's side.

Columbus State swept the men’s and women’s PBC Championships in 2007. For the men, the title was the second in a row. Back for 2008 are All-Conference standouts Tim English, who finished second in the PBC Championships and third at the NCAA Regionals, and Stewart Helton, who finished fourth at the PBC.

North Georgia’s men’s team will be led by top runner and senior Alan Schmitz who recorded the fastest time in school history last season with a time of 26:38, which was good for 70th place against the best teams in all of NCAA Division I at the Auburn Invitational.

The Women’s team will also return their top two runners from a year ago as Emmy Lawalin and Bea Nelligan will look to lead the squad. Lawalin ran a season best 19:59 at the Auburn invitational, while Nelligan ran a 21:01 at the same event. Lawalin will look to compete for a Peach Belt Conference Title in 2008 after finishing 8th at the Conference Championships just a year ago to claim PBC All-Conference honors.

The Saints and Lady Saints will face a tough schedule this season, with trips to Mercer University, Furman University, and the NCAA South Atlantic Regionals at Wingate University.

The men’s and women’s polls are listed below, coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams. The 2008 PBC cross country season begins on Aug. 29 and continues to the 2008 PBC Championships which will be run on Saturday, October 25, in Milledgeville, Ga., on the campus of Georgia College & State University.

Peach Belt Conference

Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Total
1. Columbus State 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 77
2. Augusta State 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 73
3. GCSU 1 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 59
4. Lander 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 53
5. Clayton State 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 1 1 42
6. USC Aiken 0 0 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 39
7. North Georgia 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 1 37
8. UNC Pembroke 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 32
9. Francis Marion 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 28
10. Georgia Southwestern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 10


 

Peach Belt Conference

Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Columbus State 5 0 0 0 0 25
2. Clayton State 1 4 0 0 0 21
3. GCSU 0 1 4 0 0 16
4. North Georgia 0 0 2 2 1 11
5. UNC Pembroke 0 1 0 2 2 10
6. Francis Marion 0 0 0 2 3 7