Arkansas Tech tabbed to finish second in preseason GAC Cross Country poll

From Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech Golden Suns Cross Country has been tabbed to finish second in this year's 2011 Great American Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released by the league office on Monday.

The poll was voted on by the league's nine women's cross country head coaches and the coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Tech, who finished fourth at last season's Gulf South Conference Championships and seventh in the NCAA Division II South Regional Championships, enters the GAC having receiving 50 points to finish one point ahead of third place East Central (49 points) and 13 points behind preseason league favorite, Harding, who received 63 points and seven out of a possible nine first place votes.

In the Preseason GAC Coaches' poll, Tech received six votes for second place, one vote for third place and one vote for seventh place.

Following Harding, Tech and East Central in the Preseason GAC poll was Southwestern Oklahoma, who earned 44 points to finish in fourth place, while Ouachita Baptist (32 points) was tabbed fifth and Henderson State (28 points) was tabbed to finish sixth. Southeastern Oklahoma (21 points) was tabbed seventh and they were by Southern Arkansas (20 points) at No. 8 and Arkansas-Monticello (17 points) was tabbed to finish ninth.

The 2011 GAC Cross Country season concludes with the GAC Championships, which will feature all nine women's teams and all four men's teams, on Saturday, Oct. 22. This year's initial GAC Championships will be hosted by Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

Tech, who returns three of its top six runners from last season's team, including sophomore Cheryl Nolan (Carlow, Ireland), who earned First-Team All-GSC honors in 2010, will open its 2011 season on Sept. 3 as they travel to Memphis, Tenn., to compete in the Brooks/Memphis Twilight Meet, which will be held at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Golden Suns will host its annual Tech Twilight Run on Friday, Sept. 9 at Tucker Coliseum.