Cumberland Women's Cross Country selected fifth in the preseason poll
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Cumberland Women's Cross Country selected fifth in the preseason poll

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Cumberland Women's Cross Country was selected fifth in the preseason poll after receiving 81 total votes, Mid-South Officials announced on Thursday.

The Phoenix finished sixth in the Mid-South Conference Championships back in March behind three top-15 finishes (Krone, Mastin, and Petrova). Cumberland is returning three of their top performers from last season. Sasha Petrova, Elise Krone, and India Mastin combined for a total of seven top-20 finishes over the course of the season. 

Sasha Petrova will be returning for her fourth season with the Phoenix. Sasha holds the fourth-best 5k time in Cumberland Women's Cross Country history at 19:03:23 which took place in September 2020 of last season. She was also able to bring in an individual second-place finish at the RedHawks Last Chance 5k and an individual finish of 11th in the Mid-South Conference Championships.

Elise Krone is returning for her third season at Cumberland University. Elise finished first place at the RedHawks Last Chance 5k with a time of 20:02:02 and had an individual finish of 14th in the Mid-South Conference Championships earning Mid-South Conference Second Team honors. 

India Mastin will be returning for her second season with the Phoenix after a strong freshman campaign finishing third individually in the RedHawks Last Chance 5k, and 11th Mid-South Conference Championships. She earned Second Team All-Mid-South Confencere honors for her performance at the Championships. Her Personal Best was posted at the RedHawks Last Chance 5k with a time of 20:28:04.

Cumberland is bringing in five new runners this season, all of which are incoming freshmen: Hope Britt, Valerie Jemutai, Sharon Jerop, and Daniela Rivera Rivas. 

The Phoenix are scheduled to compete in six events this fall with the first one starting September 10 at the North Alabama XC Invitational.

Cumberlands (Ky.) has been selected as the preseason favorite to capture the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference Women's Cross Country Championship, conference officials announced on Thursday.

The Patriots received 119 voting points in the preseason poll, including nine of the twelve first-place votes. Cumberlands finished as the top team in the conference last season capturing the program's first  MSC championship since 2009.

Shawnee State (Ohio) was selected second in the poll with 105 voting points and the final three first-place votes. Campbellsville (Ky.) captured 103 voting points to come in at third with Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)  in fourth with 88 points.

Thomas More (Ky.) garnered 73 points and is sixth in the poll while Life (Ga.) is seventh with 56 points.

Bethel (Tenn.) garnered 54 points to land at eighth in the poll followed by Georgetown (Ky.) in ninth with 49 voting points. Tennessee Southern -- formerly Martin Methodist -- was tabbed 10th in the poll  with 29 points. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Pikeville (Ky.) round out the poll with 23 and 11 points, respectively.

The Mid-South Conference Cross Country Championships are scheduled for November 5 at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

 

2021 Mid-South Conference Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

1.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

119 (9)

2.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

105 (3)

3.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

103

4.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

88

5.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

81

6.

Thomas More (Ky.)

73

7.

Life (Ga,)

56

8.

Bethel (Tenn.)

54

9.

Georgetown (Ky.)

49

10.

Tennessee Southern

29

11.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

23

12.

Pikeville (Ky.)

11