SUNY Delhi Tops Women's Cross Country Pre-Championship Coaches Poll



SUNY Delhi is poised to make an impact on the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Cross Country Championship in their first membership year. The Broncos received five first-place votes and 75 points to top the Pre-Championship Coaches Poll. Husson University collected three first-place votes and 74 points for a very close second-place prediction. The 2018 Champions of UMaine-Farmington picked up the remaining first-place vote and 65 points for third place in the poll.

UMaine-Presque Isle received 48 points for fourth place, while SUNY Canton and Maine Maritime tied for fifth with 41 points each. Northern Vermont-Lyndon amassed 25 points, and Northern Vermont-Johnson picked up 19 points, for seventh and eight place, respectively. Thomas College completes the poll with 15 points and ninth place.

Head coaches vote in the Pre-Championship Poll.

The NAC Women's Cross Country Championship race will be held this Saturday, November 2, 2019 on Northern Vermont-Lyndon's campus in Lyndonville, Vermont. The 5K race will begin at 12:00 PM, following the Men's Championship 8K race at 11:00 AM on the same course. Fans can view the digital program for Saturday's Championship here: Be sure to check back as the week unfolds for additional information, and to watch the awards ceremony.

For updates, results, and news, visit: Cross Country Championship Central.


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1. SUNY DELHI - 75 points (5 first-place votes)

Head Coach Robb Munro and the Broncos prepare for their first NAC Championship after winning the ACAA Conference Championship and placing third at the USCAA National Championships in 2018. Four-time NAC Rookie of the Week Sophie Stewart (Newark Valley, N.Y.) and junior Arielle Moheimani (Homer, N.Y.) lead a group that won two events this fall and set a season-best five-woman 5K average of 20:55 at the Oneonta Airfield Invite. 


2. HUSSON - 74 points (3 first-place votes)

The 2018 runner-up team, Husson enters the 2019 championship with two team wins this fall. The Eagles won the NAC Preview Meet on the championship course early in the season, and also won their own Husson Harrier Invitational. First-year Payton Goodwin (Benton, Maine) has been a consistent top-performer for the Eagles this season, crossing the finish line with a top-five mark in three races to help her earn NAC Rookie of the Week recognition three times. Returners under sixth-year head coach Kate Goupee include 2018 First Team All-Conference seniors Lindsey Joliat (Brewer, Maine) and Julia Glisson (Merrimack, N.H.), as well as sophomore Isabelle Jackson (Presque Isle, Maine).


3. UMAINE-FARMINGTON - 65 points (1 first-place vote)

Second-year head coach Joe DiSalvo and the defending NAC Champion Beavers are ready for a repeat. The squad is led by senior Katie LeBlanc (Saco, Maine), who has two individual victories this season along with three NAC Runner of the Week Honors. LeBlanc won the UMPI Invitiational and UMF won the event with a perfect score of 15 points. Chloe Kenyon (New Gloucester, Mass.) and Abbie Hunt (Monmouth, Maine) have both have earned three top-10 finishes this season. First-year collegiate runners Naomi Moulton (Readfield, Maine) and Emily Eaton (Hampton, N.H.) round out the top five for the Beavers.


4. UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE - 48 points

Last year's NAC Coach of the Year, Chris Smith has been the head coach of the Cross Country program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for 33 years. Coach Smith leads a young Owls team with Shelby Shea (Springfield, Maine) leading a class of five first-year student athletes. Several returning runners provide leadership and experience for UMPI as they look to compete at a high level in the NAC Championships.


T5. SUNY CANTON - 41 points

Veteran Head Coach John Kennedy has been with the SUNY Canton women's cross country program for 11 years. Junior Sara O'Duffy (Lakeville, N.Y.) has led the Roos in all three races she has run this season, including her best 6K time of the year at the SUNY Canton Invitational on October 5th. The Roos also recorded their lowest team score of the season posting 99 points at their home meet.


T5. MAINE MARITIME - 41 points

Head Coach Ryan King is leading the Mariners in his ninth season. The Mariners return one of their top three finishers from last year's fifth-place NAC Championship team, Senior Abigail L'Abbé (Topsham, Maine), who has been a consistent top finisher for the Mariners this season. This Mariners have been preparing for the NAC Championship race by competing at difficult courses against talented programs, and have set their sights on a strong performance at the NAC Championship.



Former assistant coach Hayden Bunnell took the reins as the Hornet's head coach this season. Sophomore Zosia Prince (Sutton, Vt.) is the defending NAC champion and aspires to keep her title. Junior Rachel Valentine (Clarksdale, Ariz.) and senior Isabelle Tuggle (Norwich, Vt.) will also be in the front of the pack as the team works toward a top finish on their home course.



Veteran head coach Shawn Woods has led the Badgers for eight seasons. NVU-Johnson will be paced by seniors Emily Cass (Braintree, Vt.) and Anais Dutton (Randolph, Vt.) at the 2019 NAC Championship. They will be joined on the trail with several first-time collegiate runners who will add excitement and enthusiasm to the Badgers championship team.


9. THOMAS - 15 points

Head coach Kerry Smart leads the Terriers into her 11th NAC Championship. Thomas Women's Cross Country is a young and developing team poised for growth. Newcomer Audrey Kimball (St. Albans, Maine) has been the Terriers consistent top finisher this season. The Terriers will look to improve on their seventh place finish from a season ago.