High Point, N.C.—The North Greenville Men's Track and Field Team has been picked 2nd in this year's pre-season coaches poll, released by Conference Carolinas, Thursday afternoon.
NGU Men's Track Team is entering its 4th season as a program, seeing steady improvement each season in both individual and team performance. The Crusaders finished the 2014 campaign with 2nd in the league in both indoor and outdoor rankings, and will look to build on that success heading into the 2015 season.
Head coach Jacob Simms will welcome back a solid core of experience this season, after losing just three scorers to graduation following the 2014 slate. Familiar names on this year's roster include All-Conference/All-Region honorees Devin Wannamaker, Terry Davis, Kreig Lowe, Jared Bolin, and Ahmad Nesbitt, who won the 2014 NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country race this fall.
"This off-season has been an all-time high point for the program," remarked Simms. "All of our student-athletes are working incredibly hard this off-season and it is a blessing to see how quickly this group has gelled. We are in an ever-improving Conference but we feel like this is an outstanding group, capable of our best season yet"
The second place ranking is NGU's highest since joining Conference Carolinas and adopting Track and Field as a varsity sport. NGU ranks second behind the University of Mount Olive which received six of eight first place votes. The Saints of Limestone finished third in the pre-season selections, also earning one first place vote. NGU also received one vote for the number one spot. King University and Barton College rounded out the top five, while Belmont Abbey, Lees-McRae, and Pfieffer took spots 6-8.
The Crusaders will open the 2015 season at the Wake Forest Invitational on January 10th at Wake Forest University. The outdoor season is scheduled to begin on march 20th at the Charlotte 49er Classic, hosted by the University of North Carolina Charlotte.