Men's Cross Country selected Fourth in MSC Preseason Coaches Poll
Friday, September 25, 2020
Men's Cross Country selected Fourth in MSC Preseason Coaches Poll

LEBANON, Tenn.-The Phoenix men's cross country team was selected fourth in the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches' Polls released on Friday.

Sixth-year head coach Jim Seckel returns two seniors, Joel Barlow and Carlos Angeles-Solis, two sophomores, Denis Kiplagat and Daniel Tarus. Coach Seckel is also bringing in four freshmen to this year's squad, Aidan Crockett, Andrew Cullins, Luke Freeman and Ethan Rhoden, as well as one graduate transfer Georget Pontillo. 

Kiplagat finished eighth in the MSC Championships last year along with 126th among 335 participants in last year's NAIA Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Washington. Barlow finished 13th in last year's MSC Championships. Barlow and Kipligat both received Second-Team All Mid-South Conference.

Shawnee State (Ohio) has been selected as the favorite to win the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship, conference officials announced on Friday.

The Bears received 100 voting points in the preseason poll, including ten of the eleven first-place votes. Shawnee State finished as the top team in the conference last season capturing the program’s fourth consecutive MSC championship and the ninth in the last ten years.

Campbellsville (Ky.) is second in the poll with 86 voting points and the final first-place vote. Cumberlands (Ky.) received 81 voting points to finish third in the preseason poll while Cumberland (Tenn.) landed at fourth with 72 voting points.

Bethel (Tenn.) garnered 64 points for the fifth spot in the poll with Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) gathering 54 voting points to place sixth. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) captured 42 voting points landing at seventh in the poll followed by Georgetown (Ky.) with 39 voting points for the eighth spot.

Martin Methodist (Tenn.) was tabbed ninth in the poll with 34 voting points. Thomas More (Ky.) and Pikeville (Ky.) round out the poll in tenth and eleventh, respectively. The Saints received 23 points with the Bears receiving 10.

The Mid-South Conference Cross Country Championships are scheduled for March 27 at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

The men have already competed in one meet this season, placing sixth out of eleven teams at the UAH Chargers XC Invitational. The team will be at the 'Live in Lou' Louisville Cross Country Classic on October 3.

 

2020-21 Mid-South Conference Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

1.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

100 (10)

2.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

86 (1)

3.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

81

4.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

72

5.

Bethel (Tenn.)

64

6.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

54

7.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

42

8.

Georgetown (Ky.)

39

9.

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

34

10.

Thomas More (Ky.)

23

11.

Pikeville (Ky.)

10