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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:07 pm

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll is out, and it ranks the Pilots 6th in the nation and 2nd in the region behind UW (BYU is 2nd in the nation).  I think that's probably a little higher than might be expected after UP finished 3rd last year but lost five of its top 7 runners to graduation.

http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/08/featured/2019-ncaa-di-mens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-preseason

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:13 pm

As usual, it looks like the Pilot women's x-c team will be battling USF for the WCC crown if the USTFCCCA poll is to be believed.

UP is not ranked nationally, but is ranked #10 in the West Region behind #9 USF:

http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/08/featured/2019-ncaa-di-womens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-preseason

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Post by pilotram on Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:07 am

UW jumped up real quick once they got rid of Metcalf, who wasted a ton of local talent over the course of his tenure.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:44 am

The men's X-C team is expected to finish second in the WCC to BYU this season, and four Pilots are on the pre-season All-WCC team...

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:58 am

Likewise, the women's X-C team is expected to finish second behind BYU in the WCC, but it's expected to be quite a battle for second with USF.

Rob's daughter, Lacey Conner, is the only UP runner on the preseason All-WCC team.

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Post by The Wingman on Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:33 pm

Why is Emmanuel not on the WCC All Conference Preseason Team?? Is he redshirting this year or did I miss something? I expected him to be the top returning runner. Glad to see we have four preseason picks, but I need an explanation.

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Post by StudentPilot on Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:50 pm

The Wingman wrote:Why is Emmanuel not on the WCC All Conference Preseason Team?? Is he redshirting this year or did I miss something?  I expected him to be the top returning runner. Glad to see we have four preseason picks, but I need an explanation.
Just speculating, but one would think a runner would have to (be scheduled to) participate in the WCC Championships to be a preseason favorite, as there is no other WCC meet UP runs in.

Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse did not run in the WCC Championships his first two years at UP, but instead ran in only the NCAA West Regionals prior to the NCAA Championships...and he'll probably do the same this year.

Maybe one of our (former) UP runners can enlighten us further... sunny
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