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No. 13 BYU Picked to Repeat as WCC Champions

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2016 NATIONAL PRESEASON POLLS | 2016 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL                                    

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – No. 13 BYU enters the 2016 season as the top rated team in the West Coast Conference and was tabbed to repeat as champions in the preseason coaches poll. The Cougars were ranked as high as No. 3 last season and posted a 12th-place finish at NCAA Nationals, improving upon a 16th-place showing in 2014.  

BYU collected 64 points including the maximum eight first place votes, while perennial conference power, No. 23 Portland captured 57 points. Gonzaga earned 48 points for third place and picked up the remaining first place vote. San Francisco followed with 45, while Saint Mary’s rounded out the top five teams with 34 votes. Loyola Marymount was picked sixth with 28, followed by Santa Clara (24), Pepperdine (12) and San Diego (12). 

Five programs are represented by at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. BYU led the way once again with five preseason picks. Portland landed two representatives, while Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco each garnered one selection apiece. 

The 2016 WCC Preview race is set for Saturday, September 17 at Mission Bay in San Diego and will showcase multiple WCC teams. Mission Bay will serve as the site for the 2016 WCC Championship scheduled for Friday, October 28. 

For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

2016 WCC Men’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. BYU

(8)

64

2. Portland

 

57

3. Gonzaga

(1)

48

4. San Francisco

 

45

5. Saint Mary’s

 

34

6. Loyola Marymount

 

28

7. Santa Clara

 

24

8. Pepperdine

 

12

8. San Diego

 

12

 

2016 All-WCC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Gabe Arias-Sheridan

Saint Mary’s

Jr.

Mitchell Briggs

BYU

Sr.

Dallin Farnsworth

BYU

So.

Troy Fraley

Gonzaga

Sr.

Nick Hauger

Portland

So.

Connor McMillan

BYU

Jr.

Danny Martinez

Portland

Sr.

Nicholas Montanez

BYU

Sr.

Alex Short

San Francisco

Sr.

Dallin Taylor

BYU

So.