The St. Thomas Aquinas men's & women's cross country teams were selected 2nd in the ECC pre season poll voted on by the conference coaches.
The Roberts Wesleyan's men's team earned all eight first place votes and the women's squad earned eight of nine first place tallies to top the polls. On the men's side, the Redhawks graduated the top three finishers, but still return three other All-Conference honorees including Ottolini and seven runners who came in the top-21 in last year's ECC Championship.
The Redhawks women don't have as many top finishers back as their male counterparts but still have two All-Conference honorees and four runners who placed in the top-21 at the ECC Championship returning. The Roberts Wesleyan women's team is also looking to make their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II National Championship meet.
The top three was identical in both the men's and women's polls with St. Thomas Aquinas coming in at No. 2 and Daemen at No. 3. In the women's poll, Molloy, who comes in at No. 6, earned the final first place vote.
Sophomores Robert Guidicipietro (All-Conference 1st Team) and Aida Torpey (All-Conference 2nd team) are back to lead the way for the Spartans along with four newcomers on the men's squad and four on the women's side.
The Spartans will begin their season on September 9th at the Fordham University Fiasco. The women's race will begin at 9:30 am while the men will start at 10:00 am.
2017 ECC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll
|1. Roberts Wesleyan (8)||64|
|2. St. Thomas Aquinas||50|
|5. LIU Post||33|
2017 ECC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll
|1. Roberts Wesleyan (8)||79|
|2. St. Thomas Aquinas||65|
|4. LIU Post||54|
|6. Molloy (1)||41|
|9. Dist. Columbia||15|
() - first place votes