redericksburg, Va. –The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s cross country team has been voted to finish seventh in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Preseason Coaches Poll released Thursday.

Complete CAC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll Release

The Seahawks collected 14 points, four points behind sixth-place Frostburg State University. Christopher Newport University was tabbed as the favorite by the league’s coaches as the Captains are predicted to win their fourth consecutive CAC title.

Last season, St. Mary’s notched three Top 5 finishes and placed seventh at the CAC Championships. This year’s edition of the Seahawks features a veteran group, including a five-man senior class. Headlining that class are senior captainsJames Judlick(Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall),Randy Larsen(Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), andAdam Scrivener(Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown).

Judlickwas St. Mary’s top performer in five meets last season, including leading the Seahawks at the NCAA Mideast Regionals hosted by Dickinson College.Scrivener, juniorRobbie Hamilton(Severn, Md./Meade), and sophomoreYoni Kamis(Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) were consistent scorers last season.

The Seahawks begin the 2018 season on Saturday morning, at the Salisbury University Sea Gull Opener.

The full preseason poll is listed below. First place votes are in parenthesis.

2018 CAC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Christopher Newport

48 points (6)

2. York (Pa.)

42 points (2)

3. Salisbury

37 points

4. Mary Washington

33 points

5. Southern Virginia

25 points

6. Frostburg State

18 points

7. St. Mary’s (Md.)

14 points

8. Penn State Harrisburg

7 points

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By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu