Men's cross country picked fourth by MSC coaches
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Men's cross country picked fourth by MSC coaches
Senior Chris Swann and the Phoenix were picked fourth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last week. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland men’s cross country was picked fourth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last week by the league office.

Fourth-year head coach Jim Seckel returns all of his runners from a year ago, a team that had no seniors, including sophomores Joel Barlow and Nate Mihnovich as well as senior Chris Swann, who all finished in the Top 20 at the Mid-South Conference Championships last fall.

Seniors Carlos Tirado and Michael Rogers along with Jerry Rojas join six underclassmen on the roster.

“What’s going to make a difference for us this season is having second front-runner in Cornelius [Kipchumba]. He’s leading every practice,” Seckel said. “We have Joel with a year under his belt but now we have two guys who can run up front and we’ve never had that before. We’re trying to build and sustain the program and this is certainly a positive step in that direction.”

The Phoenix begin the 2018 season this Saturday at the BROOKS Memphis Twilight hosted by Christian Brothers at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn.

2018 Mid-South Conference Men's Cross Country
Preseason Coaches' Poll

No. School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Shawnee State (6) 36
2. University of the Cumberlands (1) 29
3. Campbellsville University 28
4. Cumberland University 19
5. Lindsey Wilson 17
6. Georgetown College 12
7. University of Pikeville 6