Liberty takes top spots in Big South Preseason Cross Country Poll

From the Big South Conference:

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Liberty University men's and women's cross country squads have been chosen first in the Big South Conference's annual preseason polls by the League's head cross country coaches.

The Flames, who are looking to win their sixth-straight Big South Men's Cross Country title, were a unanimous selection for the top spot with 100 points in the voting.

Liberty, led by 2009 National Champion Sam Chelanga, finished ahead of High Point, which picked up 90 points.  The Panthers placed three runners in the top 10 to finish second at the 2009 Big South Championship.

In third-place was VMI with 79 points, followed by Coastal Carolina's 65 points and UNC Asheville's 59 points to round out the top five.  Anthrop received 54 points to land in the No. 6 slot, while Gardner-Webb garnered 35 points for the seventh position.

Coming in at No. 8 was Charleston Southern with 32 points, followed by Bradford with 27 points.  Presbyterian College rounded out the voting for the men with 11 points.

After capturing the 2009 women's crown, the Lady Flames tallied seven top votes and 97 out of a possible 100 points to win the 2010 crown.

Coastal Carolina was second in the women's preseason poll with two No. 1 votes and 85 points.  The Chanticleers posted two All-Conference runners to finish third in the Big South Championship a year ago.

Voted in third was VMI with one top bid and 83 points, ahead of  High Point with 74 points.  Anthrop totaled 58 points to finish fifth, followed by UNC Asheville with 50 points and Radford with 35 points.

At the No. 8 slot was Gardner-Webb who collected 33 points, while Charleston Southern (20 points) and Presbyterian College (14 points) completed the voting for the women.

The cross country season opens up Sept. 3 with six men's and women's teams in action. The Big South Men's and Women's Cross Country Conference Championships are slated for Oct. 30, and will be hosted by Radford University.  The preseason polls appear below.