WPU Chosen to Receive Bronze This Fall
Oskaloosa–A program that believes it is on the precipice of getting to the top of the harrier world, the Statesmen men’s cross country team is projected to finish third in the Midwest Collegiate Conference as the preseason coaches’ poll was released today.
William Penn, which finished fifth out of six teams in 2013, earned 20 points and one first-place vote to take third place. The navy and gold recently finished as high as third in 2012.
St. Ambrose is a slight favorite to take back the MCC title (winners in 2012), edging out defending champion Mount Mercy by just two points, 33-31. The Fighting Bees received four first-place votes, while the Mustangs picked up one.
Grand View (19), Viterbo (17), and Clarke (6) wrap up the standings.
WPU starts the campaign in Indianola on August 29 at the Simpson Bill Buxton Invitational. The six programs will fight for the MCC crown on November 8 in La Crosse, Wis.
2014 Midwest Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll
School–Points (First Place Votes)
1. St. Ambrose 33 (4)
2. Mount Mercy 31 (1)
3. William Penn 20 (1)
4. Grand View 19
5. Viterbo 17
6. Clarke 6