News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – St. Mary’s College of Maryland Men’s Cross Country was picked to finish sixth in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, the league announced today (Aug 22).

York received four first-place votes, which was good enough to put them in the top spot with twenty-four total points. Christopher Newport University pulled in two first-place votes and twenty-one total votes to put them in sole possession of the second place. Mary Washington was third with sixteen points, Southern Virginia was fourth with thirteen points, Salisbury with eleven points was selected to finish fifth and St. Mary’s rounded out the conference receiving five total points.

The 2019 season begins on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Mary Washington Opener. The CAC Championships will be hosted by York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Nov 2, with regionals and nationals set for Nov. 16 & Nov. 23, respectively.  

First-year head coach Ryan Scanlon will look to lead a relatively small roster of athletes this upcoming year for the Seahawks. St. Mary’s College will look upon seven returners from last year to lead the way for two new first years. The top returner for the Seahawks will be Sophomore Tyler Wilson who will look to build off a strong first-year campaign where he saw himself finish 63rdoverall at conference championships and finish second overall on the team. Senior Joseph McManus will look to lead the team as he is the most experienced returning runner and is primed for a strong senior campaign.

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

2019 CAC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

Rank Institution Points (First-Place Votes)
1.York24 (4)
2.Christopher Newport21 (2)
3.Mary Washington16
4.Southern Virginia13
5. Salisbury11
6. St. Mary’s5

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