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No. 20 San Francisco Picked as Preseason Favorites

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2016 NATIONAL PRESEASON POLLS | 2016 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL                                    

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – No. 20 San Francisco enters the 2016 season as the top rated women’s team in the West Coast Conference and was tabbed championship frontrunners in the preseason coaches poll. The Dons advanced to NCAA Nationals after posting a fifth place finish at the West Regionals in 2015. 

San Francisco was a unanimous pick, collecting the maximum 81 points, including nine first-place votes. Defending 2015 WCC co-champion No. 27 BYU was second with 70 points, followed by Portland with 67 votes, including the remaining first-place vote. Gonzaga, a 2015 WCC co-champion, was picked fourth with 57 points, while Loyola Marymount rounded out the top five teams in the survey with 50 points. 

Bay Area rivals Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara shared sixth place with 33 votes apiece followed by San Diego (31), Pepperdine (15) and Pacific (13). 

Five programs are represented by at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. BYU and San Francisco paced the pack with three preseason picks. Gonzaga landed two representatives, while Loyola Marymount and Portland 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 Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. San Francisco

(9)

81

2. BYU

 

70

3. Portland

(1)

67

4. Gonzaga

 

57

5. Loyola Marymount

 

50

6. Santa Clara

 

33

6. Saint Mary’s

 

33

8. San Diego

 

31

9. Pepperdine

 

15

10. Pacific

 

13

 

2016 All-WCC Women’s Cross Country Preseason Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Elena Burkard

San Francisco

Sr.

Alice Jensen

BYU

So.

Lauren LaRocco

Portland

Jr.

Jessica Mildes

Gonzaga

Sr.

Weronika Pyzik

San Francisco

So.

Danielle Shanahan

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

Natalie Shields-Connolly

BYU

Sr.

Yesenia Silva

BYU

Sr.

Charlotte Taylor

San Francisco

Sr.

Jordan Thurston

Gonzaga

Jr.