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After taking second last year, the Gator men were picked to finish second once again in 2014.

Wednesday August 20, 2014Men's Cross Country Picked to Finish Second; Women Fourth in SEC Coaches Preseason Poll

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After taking second last year, the Gator men were picked to finish second once again in 2014.

The Florida menís and womenís cross country teams both ranked among the Southeastern Conferenceís (SEC) top teams in the 2014 SEC Cross Country Preseason Coaches Polls, which was released on Wednesday. The men were selected to finish second, while the women were picked to finish fourth at the 2014 SEC Cross Country Championships.

 

Points for the menís poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis, while the womenís poll was awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13 basis. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

 

Last season at the SEC Championships, the Gators finished second for the second time in three years. On the womenís side, Florida took fourth, a season after taking first.

 

Under the guidance of third-year assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler, the Gator men and women have never finished lower than fifth at the SEC Championships.

 

The Arkansas men were selected to repeat as the SEC Cross Country Champions after capturing their 21st SEC Cross Country Championship in the last 23 years in 2013 and finishing 12th at the NCAA Championships. After Florida, Ole Miss picked up three first-place votes and was chosen to finish third.

 

The Arkansas women were a unanimous choice to repeat as the SEC Cross Country Champions after winning their first SEC Cross Country Championship since 2008 a year ago. The Razorbacks finished 15th at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Vanderbilt was predicted to finish second, while Texas A&M was chosen to place third.

 

The 2014 SEC Cross Country Championships are slated to take place Friday, October 31 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

 

2014 SEC Menís Predicted Order of Finish

1.     Arkansas (10)

16

2.     Florida

27

3.     Ole Miss (3)

42

4.     Missouri

51

5.     Auburn  

59

6.     Texas A&M

63

7.     Georgia

77

8.     Kentucky

79

9.     Alabama              

101

10.   Mississippi State

107

11.   Tennessee

115

12.   LSU

136

13.   Vanderbilt

141

 

2014 SEC Womenís Predicted Order of Finish

1.     Arkansas (13)

13

2.     Vanderbilt (1)

34

3.      Texas A&M

39

4.     Florida  

58

5.     Alabama

65

6.     Mississippi State 

72

7.     Missouri

79

8.     Kentucky              

99

9.     Georgia

104

10.   Tennessee

116

11.   Ole Miss

135

12.   Auburn

142

13.   South Carolina

152

14.   LSU

166

 

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