Posted: Oct 24, 2018
DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference announced its men's and women's cross country pre-championship coaches polls, as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league, who were unable to vote for their own teams. California Baptist is the favorite to win the women's race while Utah Valley is the favorite to win the men's race.
On the women's side, WAC-newcomer California Baptist is the favorite to earn the conference title with the Lancers earning seven first-place votes and 63 points overall. Utah Valley was picked second with 55 points and a first-place vote. UT Rio Grande Valley earned the final first-place vote and was picked third with 45 points. NM State was next with 44 points, followed by Grand Canyon in fifth with 37 points. Kansas City was sixth with 34 points, followed by host Seattle U with 23 points. CSU Bakersfield (15) and Chicago State (8) round out the poll.
On the men's side, Utah Valley was selected to win the WAC Championship, receiving 46 points and four first-place votes. California Baptist was selected second with 40 points and three first-place votes and UT Rio Grande Valley took third with 38 points and the remaining first-place vote. Grand Canyon, Kansas City and NM State all tied for fourth with 26 points. Seattle U was selected seventh with 15 points while Chicago State rounds out the poll with seven points.
The 2018 WAC Cross Country Championships are this Saturday, Oct. 27 at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle. The women's 6k race begins at 10 a.m. (PT), followed by the men's 8k race at 11 a.m. (PT).
2018 Pre-Championship Women's Cross Country Coaches' Poll
|Rank||Team (1st Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||California Baptist (7)||63|
|2.||Utah Valley (1)||55|
|3.||UT Rio Grande Valley (1)||45|
|2018 Pre-Championship Men's Cross Country Coaches' Poll|
|Rank||Team (1st Place Votes||Points|
|1.||Utah Valley (4)||46|
|2.||California Baptist (3)||40|
|3.||UT Rio Grande Valley (1)||38|