Lady Flames Picked No. 1 in Preseason Cross Country Poll

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The Liberty University women's cross country squad has been chosen first in the Big South Conference's annual preseason polls by the League's head cross country coaches, it was announced today by the Conference office.

After capturing the 2009 women's crown, the Lady Flames tallied seven top votes and 97 out of a possible 100 points to win the 2010 crown.  Coastal Carolina was second in the women's preseason poll with two No. 1 votes and 85 points.  The Chanticleers posted two All-Conference runners to finish third in the Big South Championship a year ago.  Voted in third was VMI with one top bid and 83 points, ahead of  High Point with 74 points.  Winthrop totaled 58 points to finish fifth, followed by UNC Asheville with 50 points and Radford with 35 points.  At the No. 8 slot was Gardner-Webb who collected 33 points, while Charleston Southern (20 points) and Presbyterian College (14 points) completed the voting for the women.

The cross country season opens up Sept. 3 with six teams in action. The Big South Women's Cross Country Conference Championship is slated for Saturday, Oct. 30, and will be hosted by Radford University.  The preseason polls appear below.

2010 Big South Conference Preseason Women's Cross Country Poll

Rk Team (first-place votes)  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 9 10  Points
1. Liberty (7) 70 27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 97
2. Coastal Carolina (2) 20 9 56 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 85
3. VMI (1) 10 45 8 14 6 -- -- -- -- -- 83
4. High Point -- 9 16 49 -- -- -- -- -- -- 74
5. Winthrop -- -- -- 7 36 15 -- -- -- -- 58
6. UNC Asheville -- -- -- -- 18 20 12 -- -- -- 50
7. Radford -- -- -- -- -- 5 16 12 2 -- 35
8. Gardner-Webb -- -- -- -- -- 5 12 12 4 -- 33
9. Charleston Southern -- -- -- -- -- 5 -- 3 8 4 20
10. Presbyterian College -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 4 7 14