COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 27, 2014) ~ The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced the 2014 Men's and Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Polls Wednesday. The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team was pegged to finish 11th, while the newly-revived men's program was tabbed 12th.
The women received 75 points in the poll after finishing 14th in 2013. The men's cross country team returns as an intercollegiate sport in 2014 after a 22-year hiatus and earned 53 points in the poll that lists 15 teams.
Adams State University was picked to win the RMAC on both the men's and women's side.
On the men's side, the defending national champions earned 195 points and 13 first place votes in the poll. ASU won their second straight NCAA DII title behind national champion and 2014 RMAC Preseason Runner of the Year, Tabor Stevens. Western State Colorado University is the defending conference champion and was pegged second in the poll with two first place nods and 180 points.
In women's cross country, Adams State will be looking for its ninth RMAC title in the past 11 years after earning 14 first place votes and 196 points in the poll. Defending RMAC champion Lauren Martin is the preseason runner of the year. Western State was also picked to finish second in women's cross country, as the Mountaineers earned the final first place tally and 182 points.
WSCU will host the RMAC cross country championships Nov. 8 in Gunnison, Colo.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams begin the 2014 campaign at the UCCS Rust Buster, Sept. 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
# CSU-Pueblo #
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.