MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team was picked No. 29 in the 2013 Preseason National Coaches Poll, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today.
This marks the sixth consecutive year the Mountaineers have been chosen in the top 30 of the preseason poll, and the seventh time in the last nine seasons.
“Preseason rankings are difficult to gauge,” says West Virginia coach Sean Cleary. “There are so many unknown factors associated with early season predictions. Time will tell how accurate they prove to be.”
West Virginia has been ranked in the preseason poll every season except for 2007, under the direction of Cleary.
WVU begins its 2013 season this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Providence, who was slotted No. 1 in the preseason poll, looks to become the fourth straight women’s squad to claim the team title after topping the preseason rankings.
The Big 12 Conference had four teams represented in the poll, tied for the second most of any conference, with Oklahoma State coming in at No. 21, Iowa State at No. 26, Texas at No. 27 and West Virginia at No. 29.