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WSC Cross Country Teams Ranked #11 and #14 In Preseason

Posted: 26 August, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne State College men’s cross country team was picked 11th in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 21.   Senior Greg Tracy was selected as the Wildcat men’s runner to watch in the NSIC this season.

In the men’s poll, defending league champion Augustana was a unanimous choice receiving 12 first-place votes and 144 points while Minnesota State was second with the remaining first-place vote and 125 points. (Coaches can not vote for their own teams in the poll).  Rounding out the top five are Sioux Falls (122), U-Mary (99) and Minnesota Duluth (99).  MSU Moorhead was sixth with 91 points followed by St. Cloud State (86), Northern State (60), Winona State (53) and Minot State (42).  Wayne State was 11th receiving 35 points with Concordia-St. Paul (33) and Southwest Minnesota State (25) culminating the coaches poll.
           
Tracy, a senior from Millard West, was listed as Wayne State’s Male Athlete to Watch.  He was the top finisher at the final two meets for the Wildcats last season.
           
The Wayne State College women’s cross country team was picked 14th in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 21.   Senior Skyler Lippman was selected as the Wildcat women’s runner to watch in the NSIC this season.

The Augustana women were picked as the top team in the women’s poll as the five-time defending conference champion earned 13 first place votes and 195 points while U-Mary came in second with two first place votes and 166 points. Winona State (161), Minnesota Duluth (158) and Minnesota State (156) round out the top five. Sioux Falls was sixth in the poll with 127 points followed by MSU Moorhead (114), St. Cloud State (107), Northern State (88) and Minot State came in 10th with 66 points. Bemidji State was 11th with 62 points trailed by Concordia-St. Paul (55), Southwest Minnesota State (53), Wayne State (47) and Upper Iowa with 20 points.
           
Lippman, a senior from Pierce High School, was listed as Wayne State’s Female Athlete to Watch. She was the top finisher for the Wildcats at both the conference and regional meets last year.

           
Wayne State is scheduled to open the 2013 season on Friday evening, September 6 at the Augustana Twilight Invitational in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



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