BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Capital Athletic Conference released the 2017 preseason coaches' poll, positioning the Southern Virginia University women's cross country team with a fifth-place finish.
The conference favorite will be back-to-back champions York (Pa.), while Christopher Newport and Salisbury also received first-place votes.
The Knights jumped four places higher in the poll than the 2017 season after a strong appearance at the CAC championships. Southern Virginia will host the CAC championships for the first time on Oct. 27.
"This is going to be a fun season, we have a good number of new athletes," said head coach Clint May. "There are still some unknowns about the team this season, I look forward to the development of our athletes and building up to the CAC championships."
The 2018 season begins on Friday, Aug. 31 at Mary Washington.
2018 CAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. York – 47 points (6 first-place votes)
2. Christopher Newport - 38 points (1 first-place vote)
3T. Salisbury - 37 points (1 first-place vote)
3T. Mary Washington - 37 points
5. Southern Virginia - 26 points
6. St. Mary's - 17 points
7. Frostburg State - 14 points
8. Penn State Harrisburg - 8 points