Guilford Tabbed Fourth in Preseason ODAC Men's Cross Country Poll

Chad Norton

FOREST, Va. - Guilford College's men's cross country team received one first-place vote and was ranked fourth overall in the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll released Monday. Lynchburg College, which won last year's ODAC title, took the top spot in the poll determined by the league's head men's cross country coaches.

Guilford returns four letter winners from the 2011 season.  The Quakers took second in the ODAC Championships after a video tie-breaker between Lynchburg's Brian Robinson and Guilford's Tim Aune gave Lynchburg the one point needed for its fourth consecutive ODAC title. The Quakers placed fourth at the 2011 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships in San Antonio, Texas, tops in school history.

Junior Chad Norton (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake) paces the returning men's harriers for Guilford. He had six of the team's seven-best times last season and received First Team All-ODAC honors as well as All-South and Division III All-Academic status. Other key veterans this year include junior David Cason (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) and senior Richard Rogers (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak).

 

Head coach Danny Cash's team opens the 2012 season this Friday (8/31) evening at the Eastern Mennonite University Royals Invitational in a preview of this year's ODAC Championships course in Harrisonburg, Va.

2012 ODAC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Lynchburg (8)

98 pts.

2. Bridgewater (2)

86 pts.

3. Roanoke

71 pts.

4. Guilford (1)

69 pts.

5. Virginia Wesleyan

65 pts.

6. Shenandoah

59 pts.

7. Eastern Mennonite

50 pts.

7. Washington and Lee

50 pts.

9. Hampden-Sydney

26 pts.

10. Emory & Henry

17 pts.

11. Randolph

14 pts.