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Cougars Picked to Win WCC Men's Cross Country Title

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After close balloting, BYU has been selected to unseat perennial power Portland for the 2015 West Coast Conference Championship. This is no small feat given the domination Portland has shown capturing 34 of the last 36 championships. The Pilots posted a third place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the best showing in program and conference history. The Cougars finished 16th

BYU collected 62 points including six first place votes, while the Pilots collected 59 points and three first place votes. Gonzaga earned 48 points for third place, San Francisco followed with 40. Coming in fifth is Loyola Marymount with 32, but not far behind are Santa Clara (30) and Saint Mary’s (29). Pacific earned 18 points and Pepperdine 13. 

Three programs are represented by at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. BYU led the way once again with six preseason picks. Portland landed three representatives and Saint Mary’s has one. 

The 2015 WCC Preview race is set for Saturday, September 19 at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane, Wash. and will showcase multiple WCC teams. Plantes Ferry Park will serve as the site for the 2015 WCC Championship scheduled for Saturday, October 31. 

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2015 WCC Preseason Men’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

BYU

(6)

62

Portland

(3)

59

Gonzaga

 

48

San Francisco

 

40

Loyola Marymount

 

32

Santa Clara

 

30

Saint Mary’s

 

29

San Diego

 

16

Pepperdine

 

8

 

2015 All-WCC Preseason Men’s Cross Country Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Gabe Arias-Sheridan

Saint Mary’s

So.

Mitchell Briggs

BYU

Jr.

Aaron Fletcher

BYU

Sr.

Timo Goehler

Portland

Sr.

Spencer Hanson

BYU

Jr.

Jonathan Harper

BYU

Jr.

Danny Martinez

Portland

Jr.

Connor McMillan

BYU

So.

Jonathan Nelson

BYU

Sr.

Keegan Symmes

Portland

So.