CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The University of New Hampshire men’s cross country team and defending America East champion was recently picked first overall with 60 points in the America East Preseason Poll. It was announced on Thursday.
The Wildcats edged out Stony Brook University by a single point as they garnered 60 points and four first place votes, while the Seawolves finished second with 59 points and three first place votes. University of Maine (43 points) finished fourth in the poll, while UMBC (32) rounds out the top five. University of Vermont (30), Binghamton University (22), University at Albany (19) and University of Hartford (9) fill out the nine-team poll.
New Hampshire placed five runners in the top 20 to take home the 2006 America East Championship, and four of those runners return in 2007. Senior Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill), one of seven seniors on this year’s squad, finished second overall in the conference championship.
The Wildcats open the season on Saturday (Sept. 1) at home on the campus of UNH as both squads face Providence College and Boston College. The men’s race is set for 11:45 am.
2007 Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Total
1. New Hampshire (4) 60
2. Stony Brook (3) 59
3. Boston University (2) 50
4. Maine 43
5. UMBC 32
6. Vermont 30
7. Binghamton 22
8. Albany 19
9. Hartford 9