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Updated: Friday 08/26/2014 13:20:47 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Northern Arizona University was named the preseason favorite by a vote of coaches in both the men’s and women’s 2014 Big Sky Conference Cross Country Preseason Polls released on Tuesday.

Northern Arizona’s men’s team, the seven-time defending conference champion, received 10 of 12 first-place votes to top the rankings. Runner-up Southern Utah received the two remaining first-place votes.

On the women’s side, NAU received nine first-place votes, followed by three-time defending champion Weber State (two votes) and Eastern Washington (one vote).

UND, entering its third year as a Big Sky member, was picked to finish 10th on the women’s side and 11th on the men’s side.

UND, under 30th-year head coach Dick Clay, will open the 2014 campaign on Friday, Aug. 29, in Fargo at North Dakota State’s Bison Open.

2014 PRESEASON MEN’S POLL
Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Northern Arizona (10) 142
2. Southern Utah (2) 133
3. Weber State 115
4. Montana State 98
5. Idaho 93
6. Eastern Washington 84
7. Idaho State 67
8. Montana 64
9. Sacramento State 49
10. Portland State 46
11. North Dakota 31
12. Northern Colorado 14
   
2014 PRESEASON WOMEN’S POLL
Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Northern Arizona (9) 141
2. Weber State (2) 130
3. Eastern Washington (1) 107
4. Montana State 105
5. Southern Utah 94
6. Montana 81
7. Idaho 80
8. Sacramento State 63
9. Northern Colorado 48
10. North Dakota 32
11. Idaho State 31
12. Portland State 24
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