WSC Women Picked 12th, Men 11th In NSIC Cross Country Preseason Poll

WSC Women Picked 12th, Men 11th In NSIC Cross Country Preseason Poll
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – In just over a week the Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country teams will open their season as the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Polls were recently announced.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcat women’s team was picked to finish 12th with 68 points while the WSC men earned 54 points and selected 11th in voting conducted by league coaches.

The Wayne State College women’s cross country team returns four runners from last year’s team that placed 12th at the NSIC Championships held in Wayne.

Defending NSIC champion Augustana was the unanimous selection as the team to beat in NSIC women’s cross country this season, receiving 225 points and 15 first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth came in second at 197 points just ahead of third place University of Mary with 196 points and the remaining first place vote (coaches can’t vote for own team).

Minnesota State-Mankato was fourth at 183 points followed by Winona State (180), Sioux Falls (153), Northern State (139) and MSU Moorhead eighth at 126 points.

Minot State (107) edged St. Cloud State (105) for ninth place in the poll with Bemidji State 11th at 81 points and Wayne State 12th with 68 points. Rounding out the coaches’ poll were Concordia-St. Paul (51), Upper Iowa (47), Southwest Minnesota State (46) and Minnesota Crookston (16).

Listed as Wayne State’s Athlete to Watch this season is junior Brooke Solomon (Yankton, S.D.)  Solomon was Wayne State’s #2 runner in all six meets last season and posted a pair of top 10 finishes – eighth at the Wildcat Classic and 10th at the Morningside Invite.

2022 Preseason NSIC Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

  1. Augustana (15)                          225 pts.
  2. Minnesota Duluth                      197 pts.
  3. University of Mary (1)                 196 pts.
  4. Minnesota State                        183 pts.
  5. Winona State                            180 pts.
  6. Sioux Falls                                153 pts.
  7. Northern State                          139 pts.
  8. MSU Moorhead                         126 pts.
  9. Minot State                               107 pts.
  10. St. Cloud State                          105 pts.
  11. Bemidji State                             81 pts.
  12. Wayne State                             68 pts.
  13. Concordia-St. Paul                    51 pts.
  14. Upper Iowa                               47 pts.
  15. Southwest Minnesota State        46 pts.
  16. Minnesota Crookston                16 pts.

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The Wildcat men return seven runners from last year’s squad that was 11th at the NSIC Championships held in Wayne.

Two-time defending NSIC champion Augustana was voted unanimously as the team to beat this season with 13 first-place votes and 169 points. Sioux Falls was second at 145 points, just ahead of third place University of Mary at 142 points. Minnesota Duluth received the remaining first place tally and had 135 points with Minnesota State-Mankato fifth at 129 points.

Winona State was sixth with 105 points while MSU Moorhead (93), Minot State (83), Northern State (80) and Concordia-St. Paul (64) closed out the top 10 teams.

Wayne State was 11th with 54 points followed by Minnesota Crookston (32), Southwest Minnesota State (26) and Upper Iowa (17 pts).

Brandon Mundorf, a junior from Springview (North Central HS), was listed as Wayne State’s Athlete to Watch this season. He was the top Wildcat finisher at last year’s season-ending NCAA Central Regional and had a season-best 11th place finish at the Morningside Invite.

2022 Preseason NSIC Men’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

  1. Augustana (13)                          169 pts.
  2. Sioux Falls                               145 pts.
  3. University of Mary                     142 pts.
  4. Minnesota Duluth (1)                  135 pts.
  5. Minnesota State                        129 pts.
  6. Winona State                            105 pts.
  7. MSU Moorhead                         93 pts.
  8. Minot State                               83 pts.
  9. Northern State                          80 pts.
  10. Concordia-St. Paul                    64 pts.
  11. Wayne State                             54 pts.
  12. Minnesota Crookston                32 pts.
  13. Southwest Minnesota State        26 pts.
  14. Upper Iowa                               17 pts.

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The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country program will open the 2022 season at the Augustana Twilight Invite on Friday, September 2 in Sioux Falls.

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