MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY VOTED THIRD BY LEAGUE COACHES
Saturday, August 30, 2014
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY VOTED THIRD BY LEAGUE COACHES
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The North Greenville men's cross country team is coming off of its most successful season in school history in 2013, and the Crusaders are being rewarded for their work as the Conference Carolinas coaches have voted NGU third in the pre-season coaches poll released by the league office on Friday afternoon. 


Voted to finish third, North Greenville men’s cross country team is coming off their best season in program history. The team is returning all but two scorers from the Conference Carolina’s Championship last October. In addition, the Crusaders have added some new talented runners.
The Crusaders are a young team that will be led by junior Ahmad Nesbitt, who finished second in the 2013 Conference Carolinas Championship with a time of 24:55. The men’s cross country team has a lot of potential and hopes to make some noise in both the conference and regional meets in November.

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The University of Mount Olive men’s cross country team is ranked atop the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll heading into the 2014 season. Mount Olive returns five All-Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country runners from last year’s NCAA II Southeast Regional Championship and 2013 NCAA II National Finalist squad. Five returning Trojans also earned All-Southeast Region honors last year.

Eugini Gil was last year’s Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, finishing ninth at last year’s conference championship. Akiharu Kitagawa finished third, Steven Greco was ninth, Jacob Urys placed 12th and Frederic Lang finished 15th as all of the Trojan runners earned All-Conference. Austin Steagall finished fifth at the Southeast Regional.

Mount Olive hopes to have enough depth to challenge for a third straight Conference Carolinas Championship, despite the loss of last year’s Southeast Region and Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year Dylan Lafond. Lafond transferred to Division I University of Illinois.

Trojan head coach Matt van Lierop was named 2013 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Coming off of their second straight NCAA Division II National Championship appearance, the King University men's cross country team has been selected to finish second in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Tornado finished second to the University of Mount Olive at both the Conference Carolinas Championships and the NCAA Southeast Regional a season ago.

Senior Jordan Noe and junior Brent Swiney return to lead the team. Swiney turned the highest finishes of returning runners at both the Conference Carolinas Championships and NCAA Southeast Regional. The Bristol, Virginia native finished eighth at the conference meet with a personal record 8k time of 25:46.75, and he took 16th at the regional meet. Tanner Cook and Jordan Smith will join the duo along with four freshmen and one transfer student. King opens the season at Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, South Carolina on September 5.

Voted to finish third, North Greenville men’s cross country team is coming off their best season in program history. The team is returning all but two scorers from the Conference Carolina’s Championship last October. In addition, the Crusaders have added some new talented runners.
The Crusaders are a young team that will be led by junior Ahmad Nesbitt, who finished second in the 2013 Conference Carolinas Championship with a time of 24:55. The men’s cross country team has a lot of potential and hopes to make some noise in both the conference and regional meets in November.

The pre-season polls are completed with Pfeiffer placing forth followed by Belmont Abbey, Limestone, Barton, Lees-McRae, and Erskine respectively.