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Appalachian State Men’s Cross Country Picked First, Women Second in Sun Belt Conference

The Sun Belt released the 2022 Cross Country Preseason Poll on Wednesday. The Mountaineer men are favored to clinch the title, earning 76 votes, including five first-place votes. App State’s men’s squad is also tabbed 15th in the Southeast region in United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason rankings. The Mountaineer women are projected to place second in the Sun Belt, nabbing 152 votes and two first-place votes.

On the women’s side, Arkansas State is favored to take the conference crown, tallying 167 votes and 11 first-place votes.

Last fall, the men’s and women’s teams posted runner-up finishes at the Sun Belt Championships. The men scored 58 points and the women scored 73. Both Arkansas State squads captured the team titles. Izzy Evely garnered First-Team All-Sun Belt accolades after finishing second overall (17:16.7). Oliver Wilson-Cook and Ryan Brown earned Second-Team All-Conference honors for their efforts on the course. Ryan Teuscher, Danniel Smith, Isaac Benz, Karsyn Kane, and Jasmine Donohue received Third-Team All-Conference nods. Evely, Wilson-Cook, Brown, Teuscher, Kane, and Donohue all make their returns this season.

App State will open the season on Friday as it hosts the Covered Bridge Open at the Don Kennedy Trails located at State Farm Field. The women’s 5K is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the men’s 8K to follow at 5:45 p.m.

2022 Sun Belt Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. App State – 76 (5)
2. Arkansas State – 74 (3)
3. South Alabama – 63 (1)
T4. Texas State – 41
T4. Marshall – 41
6. Coastal Carolina – 37
7. Louisiana – 34
8. Troy – 20
9. ULM – 19

2022 Sun Belt Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Arkansas State – 167 (11)
2. App State – 152 (2)
3. Southern Miss – 115
4. James Madison – 110
5. South Alabama – 108
6. Coastal Carolina – 102
7. ULM – 86
8. Marshall – 79
9. Troy – 60
10. Texas State – 58
11. Louisiana – 56
12. Georgia State – 50
13. Georgia Southern – 40