Sept. 10, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference released its 2008 SEC Cross Country Coaches Poll and the University of Alabama is picked to finish eighth, while the University of Arkansas was selected to win the women's title. In a vote by the league head coaches, the Crimson Tide tallied a total of 80 points.
"I think the poll is legitimate based on our recent history and the fact that we have a young and unproven squad at this point," head cross country coach Randy Hasenbank said. "I hope that the ranking will serve as a motivator and a constant reminder of how much work has to be done in order to move into the upper division in this conference."
In the women's poll, Arkansas received nine first-place votes and tallied 13 total points for the top spot. The Razorbacks claimed their seventh title in ten years in 2007, notching their 12th SEC cross country title overall. The Florida Gators received two first-place votes and posted 25 points for second-place. The Tennessee Lady Vols also earned a first-place vote and recorded 31 points for a third-place finish. Georgia placed fourth with 39 points and Kentucky placed fifth with 61 points.
Points for the women's poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11 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)
Women: Arkansas (9), Florida (2), Tennessee (1)
1. Arkansas (9) 13
2. Florida (2) 25
3. Tennessee (1) 31
4. Georgia 39
5. Kentucky 61
6. Auburn 68
6. Vanderbilt 68
8. Alabama 80
9. Mississippi State 83
10. LSU 103
11. South Carolina 104
12. Ole Miss 117