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Updated: Wednesday 08/20/2013 15:52:01 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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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
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