MXC Ranked No. 8 In Preseason National Poll
Release: Tuesday 08/28/2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Iona College men's cross country team is ranked No. 8 on the USTFCCCA DI National Cross Country Coaches Poll for the preseason, it was announced today. The Gaels were also selected No. 1 in the Northeast Region.

The Gaels return six of its 10 harriers that competed in either the Northeast Regional or NCAA Championships last season. Led by senior All-American Mitch Goose, classmates Matt Bayley and Craig Murphy join junior Chris Stogsdill and sophomores Andrew Kowalsky and Jake Byrne as Gael performers with November championship experience. Goose finished 40th overall at last year's NCAA Championship while Bayley came in just behind his teammate in 43rd place. 

The reigning national champion Wisconsin Badgers were selected No. 1 overall. Oklahoma State, Brigham Young, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and Portland were selected ahead of the Gaels. Stanford and Florida State round out the Top 10.

Iona was selected as the top team in the Northeast Region in the preseason poll. No. 12 Syracuse and No. 27 Columbia are the only other ranked teams in the region.

The Gaels have earned 21 straight MAAC Championships, now the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Iona overtook the Portland after the Pilots were upended in last year's WCC Championship by the league's newest member, BYU. The Maroon & Gold has also earned 10 straight Top 2 finishes in the Northeast Regional Championship, earning an automatic bid into the NCAA race. The program's 10 straight Top 10 finishes at the national championship is only matched in NCAA Division I by Wisconsin.

Iona opens the season on Saturday (Sep. 1) at the Marist Invitational in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Iona College cross country / track & field program and the entire Iona community sends its thoughts and prayers to the USTFCCCA and those in the Gulf Coast region as they brace for the landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll
2012 Preseason, August 28

Rk. School (FPV)       Pts
1.  Wisconsin (10)     357
2.  Oklahoma State (1) 345
3.  Brigham Young (1)  338
4.  Oklahoma           299
5.  Colorado           297
6.  Texas              291
7.  Portland           282
8.  Iona College       278
9.  Stanford           251
10. Florida State      231
11. NC State           226
12. Syracuse           216
13. Indiana            206
14. Georgetown         191
15. Texas A&M          178
16. Villanova          149
17. Northern Arizona   141
18. Minnesota          133
19. Michigan           131
20. Tulsa              129
21. Princeton          121
22. Oregon             118
23. Arkansas            95
24. New Mexico          87
25. Notre Dame          81
26. Washington State    71
27. Columbia            62
28. Georgia             58
29. Eastern Kentucky    55
30. UCLA                44
Also receiving votes:
Providence 28, Florida 23, Ohio State 21, Virginia 12, North Carolina 9, California 8, 
Cal Poly 7, Iowa State 5, William & Mary 3, Dartmouth 1, Michigan State 1, Virginia Tech 1.
Men's Cross Country Northeast Regional Team Rankings
Preseason Rankings
Rk. School                   
1.  Iona College
2.  Syracuse
3.  Columbia
4.  Providence
5.  Dartmouth
6.  Cornell
7.  Brown
8.  Boston University
9.  Harvard
10. Boston College
11. Buffalo
12. Connecticut
13. Fordham
14. Central Connecticut State
15. Army

IONA Men's Cross Country/Track & Field


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