YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its preseason coaches polls for men's and women's cross country on Thursday and the Salisbury University squads are both picked by the league's coaches to place in the top half.
The Salisbury men have been tabbed to finish third, while the women were picked to place fourth this season.
The men earned 68 points in the poll, just behind No. 2 York College of Pennsylvania, which grabbed 70 points and one first-place vote. The team picked to win the league is Christopher Newport University, garnering 81 points and the maximum nine first-place votes.
Eleven points behind the Sea Gulls sits the University of Mary Washington, with 57 points, followed by St. Mary's College of Maryland (45 points) rounding out the top five.
On the women's side, Salisbury picked up 58 points, landing six back of Mary Washington (64 points). Christopher Newport was tabbed to win the title on the women's side, with 80 points and eight first-place votes, while York garnered two first-place votes and 72 points.
The Salisbury men's team will lean on two seniors to lead the squad into 2016, with Connor Hesselbirg and Matt Hoerr leading the way. The women have a pair of juniors to rely on, led by Jessica Lane and Alison Schwartz.
The season gets under way for the Sea Gulls on Saturday, September 3 as they host the Salisbury University Fall Classic at Winter Place Park beginning at 9:45 a.m.
To see the CAC men's poll in its entirety, click here.
To see the CAC women's poll in its entirety, click here.