BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's and women's cross country team were voted atop the standings in the first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason coaches' poll, it was announced on Monday.
The MIT men's squad has claimed the NEWMAC title every year since the conference's inception in 1998, picking up its 15th win this past season. Tech received eight votes for the top spot, the highest possible number it could earn. WPI was second, and Springfield College and Coast Guard Academy tied for third.
On the women's side, the Engineers received all 11 first-place votes, after having won the last six consecutive conference titles. Wellesley College was second and was followed by Wheaton College in third.
Both teams will open the 2013 season at the Alumni Meet on August 31 at Franklin Park. The first official meet of the season will not be until September 21, when the Engineers will travel to Gorham, Maine for the USM Invitational.
NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll
|Rank||Team (First place votes)|
|5.||Coast Guard Academy|
|8.||Mount Holyoke College|