SignUp
UND opens the season Aug. 30 at North Dakota State.
Big Sky unveils preseason cross country polls
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Saturday 08/20/2013 15:52:01 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop Files available

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – With the cross country season fast approaching, the Big Sky Conference released today its 2013 cross country preseason poll.

UND’s women’s team was ranked eighth, a jump of two spots from a year ago when the program was embarking on its first season as a Big Sky member. The men’s team was ranked ninth in the poll for the second time in as many years.

Six-time defending conference champion Northern Arizona was the unanimous choice atop the men’s poll, garnering all 11 first-place votes, while 2012 women’s champion Weber State was picked to defend its title with nine of 11 first-place votes. NAU and Southern Utah received the remaining two first-place votes.

UND head coach Dick Clay returns for his 29th season at the helm of UND’s women’s program and his fourth in charge of the men’s program. Last season, he guided the women to a seventh-place Big Sky finish and a 22nd-place showing at the NCAA Midwest Regional. His men’s team placed eight in the conference, 24th at regionals and earned the program’s first appearance in the Division I regional rankings.

UND will open the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30, at North Dakota Stat’s Bison Invitational.

MEN’S PRESEASON POLL  
School Points
Northern Arizona 121 (11)
Southern Utah 100
Weber State 99
Montana State 97
Sacramento State 65
Montana 62
Idaho State 56
Eastern Washington 44
North Dakota 40
Northern Colorado 22
Portland State 20
   
WOMEN’S PRESEASON POLL
School Points
Weber State 118 (9)
Northern Arizona 108 (1)
Southern Utah 97 (1)
Montana State 84
Idaho State 64
Sacramento State 64
Northern Colorado 60
North Dakota 42
Montana 35
Eastern Washington 27
Portland State 27
Baseball off to the Windy City in third place
North Dakota heads to Chicago State Friday to begin a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against the Cougars. UND heads into the series in third place in the WAC standings at 6-3, a... MORE
#DayByDay - Spring Football Practice Report No. 11
For the first time this spring, head coach Bubba Schweigert gave his team some extended looks in live drills and the first-year head coach said he saw some good things among the 25-plus plays... MORE
Bissell shatters school record in hammer throw
LOS ANGELES – North Dakota's three-day trip to California got off to a sunny start Thursday night as senior Jakob Bissell destroyed his own school record in the hammer throw. MORE
Griep, throwers open California trip for UND
LOS ANGELES – Sophomore Molly Griep recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes and two other North Dakota throwers achieved personal records Thursday night at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open. MORE
UND Insider Weekly - Best of: Features
Watch host, Tim Hennessy, as he goes through UND Insider Weekly's features that showcased the teams and student-athletes here at UND. MORE

advertisement