Sept. 10, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference released its 2008 SEC Cross Country Coaches Poll and the University of Alabama took top honors for the men. In a vote by the league head coaches, the Crimson Tide captured seven first-place votes for a total of 14 points.
"Obviously we feel honored to be respected by that many coaches in this league," cross country coach Joe Walker said. "We feel on paper that we have a talented team but we've got to do the things it takes to be a champion."
The Tide has won one cross country title on the men's side and that came in 1973. The last time a team other than Arkansas claimed the men's title was 1990 when the Tennessee Volunteers earned the honor. Arkansas currently has a 17-year reign on the cross country title.
"What we've been working for all these years is to make sure we get to a point where we're competing year in and year out for a conference championship," head track and field coach Harvey Glance said. "I'm glad we're in position to be the favorite. Arkansas has held down that spot the last 17 years."
The Razorbacks also received first-place votes and followed in second-place with 19 points, while Auburn came in third with 31 points and one first-place vote. Florida and Tennessee round out the top five on the men's side with 37 and 46 points, respectively.
Points for the men's poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 basis.
The 2008 SEC Cross Country Championships, hosted by Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., will be held November 3.
2008 SEC Cross Country Coaches' Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Men: Alabama (7), Arkansas (2), Auburn (1)
1. Alabama (7) 14
2. Arkansas (2) 19
3. Auburn (1) 31
4. Florida 37
5. Tennessee 46
6. Mississippi State 56
7. Georgia 68
8. Kentucky 80
9. LSU 82
10. Ole Miss 85
11. Vanderbilt 97