Release: September 2, 2008
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picked third, women fifth in America East Preseason Cross Country
VESTAL, N.Y.--The America
East Conference has released its 2009 cross country polls and
the Binghamton men's team is ranked a program-best third out
of nine teams. The Bearcat women, meanwhile, have been chosen
to finish fifth this season. The voting was done by the nine
head coaches. Teams were not allowed to vote for themselves.
New Hampshire was the pick to win its fourth consecutive America
East men's title, having earned 58 points, including four of
the eight possible first-place votes. Stony Brook was second
with 54 points and a pair of first-place votes. Binghamton, meanwhile,
tallied 53 points and earned a first-place vote for the first
time in its program history. Boston University (fourth with 47
points) earned the other first-place vote. The Terriers were
followed in the poll by Maine, Albany, Vermont, UMBC and Hartford.
Graduate student Chris
Gaube and junior Erik
van Ingen are the top returning runners on the men's side
this season. The duo placed third and fourth respectively at
last year's America East Championship.
Stony Brook was the unanimous choice to win its third straight
conference crown, having earned 64 points and all eight possible
first-place votes. Boston University was second and received
the other first-place nod. New Hampshire and Vermont finished
ahead of Binghamton while Maine, Albany, UMBC and Hartford rounded
out the poll.
Horton, who placed 16th at the 2007 America East Championship,
is the top returning runner.
The America East Championship races will be held on Oct 31 with
Vermont as the host school.