Vanderbilt Women Picked Fourth in Pre-Season Coaches' Poll

Vanderbilt Women Picked Fourth in Pre-Season Coaches' Poll


After a season plagued with injuries that ended with a sixth place finish in the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships, the Vanderbilt women's cross country team was picked fourth in the 2005 SEC pre-season coaches' poll.

If the Commodores are able to seal a place in the top four, it will be the team's highest finish in the program's history.

"It would be a great achievement," VU Head Coach Jim Spivey said. "But the health of the team will determine the season outcome."

The Commodores have 15 of the team's previous 20 letter-winners returning for the 2005 season, including junior Ashleigh Wetzel who placed fifth in the 2004 SEC Championship.

The University of Tennessee was picked to win the SEC title for the third consecutive year with six first place votes and 115 points, followed closely by Arkansas with 113 points and Georgia with 101 points.

On the men's side, Arkansas dominated the preseason poll with ten first place votes. A first place finish would earn the Razorbacks their thirty-second straight conference title. Florida, Tennessee and Georgia, respectively, rounded off the top four in the SEC. The Vanderbilt men ranked 11th, trailing 10 points behind Ole Miss.

SEC Cross Country Coaches' Poll

(first place votes in parenthesis)
1. Tennessee (6) 115
2. Arkansas (4) 113
3. Georgia (2) 101
4. Vanderbilt 80
5. Florida 77
6. Auburn 70
7. Kentucky 59
8. Mississippi State 56
9. Alabama 51
10. LSU 32
11. South Carolina 22
12. Ole Miss 13

(first place votes in parenthesis)
1. Arkansas (10) 100
2. Florida (1) 77
3. Tennessee 77
4. Georgia 72
5. Alabama 70
6. Auburn 67
7. LSU 42
8. Kentucky 36
9. Mississippi State 34
10. Ole Miss 20
11. Vanderbilt 10



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