08/01/2011 By SWOSU Sports Information
Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Cross Country
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University was picked to finish among the top half of nine school’s that are sponsoring women’s cross country this season. The Bulldogs placed fourth in the Great American Conference Pre-season Poll according to an announcement by the league’s office in Russellville, Ark. today.
The Bulldogs, under the direction of coach Kevin Hyde, accumulated 44 points in the poll and were either the third or fourth place pick on each ballot. SWOSU has back all runners from last year’s team, including star Chelsey Dillon who missed most of the season with a knee injury.
Harding, the Gulf South Conference runner-up in 2010, was the women’s favorite. The Bison had 63 points and comfortably edged second place, Arkansas Tech, which received six second place votes, one third place vote and one seventh place vote for a total of 50 points. Harding won the 1999 Lone Star Conference women’s cross country championships during their brief two-year run in the league.
East Central was picked to finish third with a final count of 49 points. In addition to two first place votes, the Tigers received one second place vote, three third place votes, one fourth place vote and one sixth place vote.
Following SWOSU, in order, are Ouachita Baptist (32 points), Henderson State (28), Southeastern Oklahoma (21), Southern Arkansas (20) and Arkansas Monticello (17).
Harding was selected to host the 2011 GAC Championship prior to the release of the preseason poll. The championship run, featuring all nine women’s teams and all four men’s teams, is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 in Searcy, Ark.
By SWOSU Sports Information