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Janet Kwambai
Janet Kwambai was one of the three runners to watch from Lenoir-Rhyne according to the South Atlantic Conference.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

L-R Women’s Cross Country Picked Third, Men Fifth in SAC Preseason Poll

The South Atlantic Conference announced the 2022 Preseason Coaches’ Cross Country Poll. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Team was predicted to finish fifth and the Women were selected to finish third. The women did receive one of the 13 first place votes. Wingate was selected to finish first in both polls receiving 12 of the 13 votes for each team.

Both teams will open their season on Friday September 2 with the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C.

2022 SAC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL

Rank School (Frist Place Votes) Points
1. Wingate (12) 144
2. Anderson 126
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 123
4. Catawba 112
5. Lincoln Memorial 101
6. Carson-Newman 88
7. Tusculum 82
8. Newberry 66
9. Limestone 48
10. UVA Wise 45
11. Coker 30
12. Emory & Henry 26
13. Mars Hill 23

2022 SAC Women’s Cross Country Runners to Watch
Anderson
Elise Matthews
Whitney Hanson

Carson-Newman
Grace Lathrop
Katie Smock
Imke Van Gog

Catawba
Madison Lowery
Raina Andrews

Coker
Catherine Cann
Stephanie Forrester
Destiny Ingram

Emory & Henry
Annalyse McHone
Elise McKinney
Sydney Bonney

Lenoir-Rhyne
Janet Kwambai
Kathrin Polke
Paige Ewald

Limestone
Deimante Bedalyte
Andrea Segura
Alia Ibensadiken

Lincoln Memorial
Brooke Foster
Elke Wijkmans
Katilee Croft

Mars Hill
Alina Mueller
Alyssa Jamerson
Megan Van Etten

Newberry
Alaya Lindquist
Reagan Wells
Ahja Amos

Tusculum
Erin Bruce
Judy Chellah
Emily Coddington

UVA Wise
Haley Sykes
Kaley Sykes
Isabella Mullins

Wingate
Tatjana Mense
Gemma Rebollo
Mollie Scott

2022 SAC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL

Rank School (Frist Place Votes) Points
1. Wingate (12) 144
2. Anderson 125
3. Catawba (1) 124
4. Lincoln Memorial 111
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 104
6. Tusculum 89
7. Carson-Newman 72
8. Limestone 69
9. Coker 50
10. Newberry 49
11. Mars Hill 31
12. Emory & Henry 27
13. UVA Wise 19
2022 SAC Men’s Cross Country Runners to Watch

Anderson
Daniel Similton
Spain Vaughan

Carson-Newman
Colten Lee
Brent Borden
Ray Brugmans

Catawba
Erick Ramirez-Ramos
Oussama Ajala

Coker
Mahliqe Andrews
Austin Bates
Josh Zeigler

Emory & Henry
Logan Choplin
Miles Baldwin
Tommy Henzey

Lenoir-Rhyne
Jacob Parkinson
Lewis Budgen
Noah Julian

Limestone
Augustin Debrock
Judson Taylor
Mohamed Redha Djane

Lincoln Memorial
Spencer Baldwin
Ben Trimm
Caleb Brock

Mars Hill
Aaron Newlon
Hunter Snyder
Braxton Cummings

Newberry
Jacob Johnson
Nathaniel Carrasco
Jared Kildrey

Tusculum
Ray Richardson
Bryson Livesay
Gideon Dowling

UVA Wise
Nick Deboard
Zach Owens
Asher Whitt

Wingate
Bastian Mrochen
Scott Nutter
Oliver Way