SEARCY - The Harding cross country teams both begin the season ranked very highly in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason Polls.
Harding's men, NCAA Division II South Region champions eight of the last nine years, begin the season ranked No. 1 in the region. The Bisons are followed by Alabama-Huntsville, Florida Southern, West Georgia and Tampa.
Harding's women, who finished second in the South Region last season, are picked No. 2 this season as well. Tampa is the preseason region favorite. Following Harding in the top five are Alabama-Huntsville, Arkansas Tech and Florida Southern.
Both teams begin the 2009 season on Sept. 5 at the University of Memphis Twilight Meet.
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