Men Sixth, Women 11th in USA South Preseason Cross Country Poll

Men Sixth, Women 11th in USA South Preseason Cross Country Poll

Pfeiffer Men Sixth, Women 11th in USA South Cross Country Preseason Poll

Misenheimer, N.C. (August 29, 2019) –
The Pfeiffer University men's cross country team has been tabbed sixth while the women have been picked 11th as the USA South announces its preseason men's and women's cross country polls.

The Falcon men's team received 91 total points to place in sixth place in the preseason poll, which is voted on by the league's head coaches.  The women managed 112 points to claim 11th.

Pfeiffer's men's team returns six runners from last season while two newcomers join the fray for 2019. 

Curtis Freeman (Lexington, N.C.) returns for his senior season after clocking a career-best 28.40.0 last season in the Queen City Invite on Sept. 28.  He would later finish with a 31.07.6 at the USA South Championships and a 33:28.8 at the ECAC Championships.

Jakob Miller-Ulrich (Clermont, Fla.) recorded a 31:05.0 I the Royals Challenge for his collegiate-best time as did teammate Jackson Hanrahan (Charlotte, N.C.). Hanrahan recorded a top time of 31:39.0 last season at the Royals Challenge hosted by Queens University.  He also finished 64th in last season's USA South Championships with a 33:12.4.

On the women's side, Pfeiffer returns multi-sport performer in Tiffany Bartholomew (Raleigh, N.C.).  Bartholomew raced to a collegiate-best time at the Royals Challenge, posting a 24:17.0 on the 5K course.  She would finish the 6K USA South Championships in 63rd with a 30:24.0.

Cailen Fusetti (Monroe, N.C.) also set a career-best at the Royals Challenge last season, running the course in 25:47.  She also ran to a 40:24.2 in the USA South Championships, setting a 6K personal best.

Both Falcon teams will begin their season on Friday, Aug. 30 as they host the Pfeiffer Duals.  Race time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

USA South Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll                                

Rank

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

Berea (12)

144

2

Covenant (1)

128

3

Piedmont

116

4

Methodist

114

5

N.C. Wesleyan

93

6

Pfeiffer

91

7

Maryville

89

8

LaGrange

55

T-9

Averett

50

T-9

Brevard

50

11

William Peace

33

12

Mary Baldwin

29

13

Huntingdon

22

 

USA South Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll                                         

Rank

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

Berea (16)

256

2

Covenant (1)

235

3

Piedmont

214

4

Methodist

206

5

Meredith

195

6

Maryville

171

7

Mary Baldwin

162

8

Agnes Scott

141

9

N.C. Wesleyan

119

10

LaGrange

118

11

Pfeiffer

112

12

Salem

88

13

William Peace

76

14

Averett

69

15

Brevard

52

16

Huntingdon

30