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West Coast Conference Announces 2012 Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll

Aug. 22, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Following a poll of the nine WCC head men's cross country coaches, BYU has been selected to repeat as the 2012 WCC men's cross country champions. The Cougars earned seven (7) first-place votes and 63 points overall in the preseason poll. The Cougars captured their first ever WCC Championship at last year's Men's Cross Country Championships.

The University of Portland received two (2) first place votes to place second in the poll with 58 total points. Finishing in third and fourth, with 45 points and 41 points, respectively, were the University of San Francisco and Gonzaga University.

Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University were picked to tie for fifth in the WCC standings, followed by Saint Mary's College, the University of San Diego, and Pepperdine University.

BYU led the conference in Preseason All-West Coast Conference selections with five runners. The University of Portland followed closely with four runners, while Santa Clara placed one runner on the team.

2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. BYU (7) 63
2. Portland (2) 58
3. San Francisco 45
4. Gonzaga 41
T5. Loyola Marymount 36
T5. Santa Clara 36
7. Saint Mary's 19
8. San Diego 18
9. Pepperdine 8

2012 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Year
Jared Bassett Portland Senior
Ben Demaree Santa Clara Junior
Scott Fauble Portland Sophomore
Steve Flint BYU Sophomore
Lars Erik Malde Portland Senior
David Perry Portland Sophomore
Rex Shields BYU Senior
Tylor Thatcher BYU Junior
Jared Ward BYU Junior
Jason Witt BYU Junior