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App State Men’s Cross Country Picked To Win Sun Belt, Women Second
Isaac Benz finished fourth at the Sun Belt Championship last season

App State Men’s Cross Country Picked To Win Sun Belt, Women Second

App State men’s cross country was picked to repeat as Sun Belt champions in voting done by the league’s head coaches.

The Mountaineer men received eight of 10 first place votes for 97 points overall. Arkansas State was picked second with 90 points and UT Arlington was picked third with 80 points.

Last season, App State placed all seven runners in the top-35, with five earning all-conference honors to capture the team title at the Sun Belt Championship. It marked the second Sun Belt title in the last three seasons for the program.

Head coach Michael Curcio returns all five All-Sun Belt honorees for the 2020 season led by First Team runners Isaac Benz and Ryan Brown, along with reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Oliver Wilson-Cook.

The App State women were chosen second of 12 teams with two first place votes and 125 points overall. Arkansas State was selected to win the conference with 141 points and nine first place votes.

Last season, the Mountaineers placed third at the Sun Belt Championships with 78 points. Curcio welcomes back two-time All-Sun Belt honoree Izzy Evely and Third Team All-Sun Belt honoree Kylee Frady for the 2020 season.

2020 SUN BELT CONFERENCE
WOMEN’S AND MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL

MEN’S Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
App State (8) – 97 pts
Arkansas State (1) – 90 pts
UTA (1) – 80 pts
Texas State – 61 pts
South Alabama – 61 pts
Coastal Carolina – 48 pts
Little Rock – 42 pts
Troy – 34 pts
Louisiana – 21 pts
ULM – 16 pts

WOMEN’S Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Arkansas State (9) – 141 pts
App State (2) – 125 pts
South Alabama (1) – 123 pts
Texas State – 102 pts
UTA– 98 pts
Georgia State – 72 pts
Coastal Carolina – 68 pts
Troy – 68 pts
Little Rock – 48 pts
Georgia Southern – 37 pts
Louisiana – 33 pts
ULM – 17 pts