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BYU Selected to Defend WCC Women's Cross Country Championship

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Defending champion BYU was chosen to take the Cross Country championship for a second year in the annual preseason poll. The Cougars were selected to capture the title this season after seizing over half of the first place votes. 

BYU collected 79 points including seven first place votes, however, not too far behind is Portland with 71 points and two first place votes. Coming in third is Loyola Marymount with 61 points. 

Five programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Conference Team. BYU and Loyola Marymount led the way each with three preseason picks. Gonzaga and Portland each have a pair, while San Francisco is also represented. 

Championship host Gonzaga and San Francisco share fourth place with 57 points. San Diego was chosen sixth with 39 points followed closely by Santa Clara (35). Rounding out the rankings are Saint Mary’s (20), Pacific (18) and Pepperdine (13). 

The 2015 Preview race is set to take place on Saturday, September 19 at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane, Wash. Plantes Ferry Park will serve as the site for the 2015 WCC Championship on Saturday October 31. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.  

2015 WCC Preseason Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

BYU

(7)

79

Portland

(2)

71

Loyola Marymount

 

61

Gonzaga

(1)

57

San Francisco

 

57

San Diego

 

39

Santa Clara

 

35

Saint Mary’s

 

20

Pacific

 

18

Pepperdine

 

13

 

2015 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Cross Country Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Elena Burkard

San Francisco

Jr.

Kayla de Bondt

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

Amelia Evans

Gonzaga

Sr.

Carrie Jube

BYU

Sr.

Anne Luitjton

Portland

Sr.

Shelby Mills

Gonzaga

Sr.

Sanna Mustonen

Portland

Sr.

Jennica Redd

BYU

Sr.

Danielle Shanahan

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

Kelli Sugimoto

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

McKenzie Weir

BYU

So.