FOREST, Va. – Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) cross country coaches selected Guilford College's women's team ninth in the league's annual preseason poll Wednesday. The Quakers' women collected 38 points in the 12-team ratings.
Washington and Lee University claimed the top spot in the poll. Roanoke College and Eastern Mennonite University were picked second and third, respectively.
Guilford returns just two harriers from the 2016 unit that came home in ninth at the league championships. Senior Sommer Fanney is back after a record-setting campaign in which set Guilford's six-kilometer standard (23:58.80) in her 10th-place finish at the league championships. She placed 10th at the meet, good for a spot on the Second Team All-ODAC team. Junior Samantha Brooks is Guilford's other returning veteran.
Guilford opens its schedule September 1 at the ODAC Preview meet at Virginia Wesleyan University. The Marlins will host the league championships October 28.