SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNCG women’s cross country was predicted to finish fifth in the Southern Conference Coaches’ Preseason Poll while the men were picked sixth, the league announced Tuesday. The women’s team collected 49 total points, while the men brought home 43 votes.
The Furman men and women were each the unanimous choice to claim the SoCon crown, marking the fifth consecutive year that the Paladins were picked No. 1 in both polls. Receiving all nine possible first-place votes, both Furman squads tallied 81 points.
The UNCG women finished fifth for the second-straight time at last year’s SoCon Championships and return all nine participants. Ariana Garcia was the Spartans’ top finisher on the women’s side, placing 23rd overall while India Godlock was second on the team in 27th place. Both Garcia and Godlock earned SoCon All-Freshman Team accolades.
The men's team placed sixth at the conference meet last season, a two-spot improvement from the previous year and have their seven top performers from the championship back. William Sandin was the Spartans’ top finisher at 20th overall, and Juan Rodriguez finished 35th overall to earn a spot on the SoCon’s All-Freshman Team.
The 2018 SoCon Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Western Carolina and are slated for Saturday, Oct. 27 in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
The Spartans begin the season Friday, travelling to Burlington, North Carolina for the Elon University Opener.