The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced the results of the 2018 Men?s and Women?s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll. Iowa Wesleyan was picked to finish seventh in both polls.
Greenville took the top spot on the men?s side, picking up six of the nine first place votes. They had 60 total points in the poll after winning the SLIAC Championships for the past two years.
Iowa Wesleyan will look to make strides up the standings as they begin their first season of competition under head coach, Chris Creal. The Tigers earned 20 points in the poll and will expect freshman, Joel Amor, senior Matt Klundt, and junior Pedro Palomo to hit the ground running.
On the women?s side, Webster University is picked to finish in first place after receiving six first place votes. The Gorloks received 62 points in the poll after winning last year?s SLIAC Championship.
Creal and the Tigers are slated for seventh place after receiving 25 points in the coaches poll. Iowa Wesleyan?s roster is made up of all freshman in this first season of competition since relaunching the program. Sierra Howardson, Lindsey Johnson, and Allison Morris will be able make an impact right away.
Howardson was a four time State qualifier and earned multiple All-District and All-Conference honors during her high school career. Johnston also brings All-Conference honors from high school.
The Iowa Wesleyan cross country teams will kick off the season on Aug. 31, when they compete in the Bill Baxton Invitation in Indianola.
2018 SLIAC MEN?S CROSS-COUNTRY POLL: 1. Greenville 2. Webster 3. Principia 4. Spalding 5. Westminster 6. Fontbonne 7. Iowa Wesleyan 8. MacMurray 9. Blackburn
2018 SLIAC WOMEN?S CROSS-COUNTRY POLL: 1. Webster 2. Greenville 3. Principia 4. Westminster 5. Spalding 6. Fontbonne 7. Iowa Wesleyan 8. MacMurray 9. Blackburn