Belmont Keeps on Running the Polls
Belmont looks to stay atop the A-Sun this season.
Belmont looks to stay atop the A-Sun this season.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

MACON, Ga. - For the second consecutive poll, Belmont sits atop both of the cross country polls the conference announced on Thursday.

Both the Bruins' men's and women's ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Poll for the South Region. The men's team took fifth, while the women's team placed 11th. Both teams started their seasons at the Belmont Opener on Sept. 5 with the men's team finishing first and the women seventh.

On the men's side, senior Caleb Swartz won the individual competition by running the 5K race in 15:14.63. For his efforts, Swartz earned the Atlantic Sun Runner of the week award on Sept. 10. On the wome''s side, the highest finished Bruin was freshman Nicole Muldowney (Hoover, Ala.), who finished 27th on a time of 15:31.27.

The men will return to action on Sept. 19 at the Tennessee Invitational in Maryville, Tenn. while the women will run at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 20.

Campbell and UNF men's teams swapped the fourth and fifth spots after the Camels finished second at the UNC Challenge on Saturday.

The top of the women's poll stayed the same with Belmont, Kennesaw State and Jacksonville taking the first three spots. The women of USC Upstate continue to climb the polls as they move from seventh to sixth knocking Campbell down to seventh. UNF and Lipscomb tied for the number four spot.

USC Upstate's top cross country runner from last season, sophomore Emily Tangwar, opened this year with the same work ethic and determination in which she finished the 2007 season. She has helped lead her team to sixth-place finishes in both the Covered Bridge Open and Eye Opener Invitational meets and won the individual title at the Eye Opener.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.


 2008 Men's Cross Country - Week 3
 # Previous Rank
School (First Place Votes) Points
 1  1  Belmont (8)
 2  2  ETSU (3)
 3  3  Kennsesaw State
 4  5  UNF  80
 5  4  Campbell  79
 6  6  Lipscomb  75
 7  7  Mercer  54
 8  8  FGCU  44
 9  9  USC Upstate  38
 10  10  Stetson  26
 11  11  Jacksonville  12


 2008 Women's Cross Country - Week 3
 # Previous Rank
School (First Place Votes) Points
 1  1  Belmont (6)
 2  2  Kennesaw State (3)
 3  3  Jacksonville  90
 4  4  UNF (1)
 5  5  Lipscomb
 6  7  USC Upstate
 7  6  Campbell  65
 8  T8  Mercer
 9  T8  ETSU  35
 10  10  FGCU  29
 11  11  Stetson  16