GUILFORD RATED IN ODAC CROSS COUNTRY POLLS

Greensboro, NC (08/27/04) -- There's no where to go but up for Guilford's first-year men's and women's cross country teams.  The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's and women's cross country coaches placed the Quakers at the bottom of both polls, the league announced Friday.  Defending champions Roanoke and Lynchburg received the top spots in the men's and women's polls, respectively.

Cross country makes its NCAA Division III debut in 2004 under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Smith.  The Quakers have fielded intercollegiate cross country teams in the past, but not in its 13 years of NCAA membership.  Guilford opens the season September 11 in an invitational meet hosted by league-rival Washington and Lee.

2004 ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Roanoke (5) - 75

2. Lynchburg (2) - 72

3. Washington and Lee (2) - 69

4. Bridgewater - 52

5. Eastern Mennonite - 46

6. Hampden-Sydney - 30

7. Virginia Wesleyan - 27

8. Emory & Henry - 22

9. Guilford - 15

2004 ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Lynchburg (7) - 81

2. Roanoke (2) - 74

3. Washington and Lee - 63

4. Eastern Mennonite - 50

5. Bridgewater - 39

6. Virginia Wesleyan - 33

7. Emory & Henry - 25

8. Hollins - 23

9. Guilford - 15