Princeton, WV – The Seton Hill men’s cross country team has been selected as the 2012 favorite to win the WVIAC Championship, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
The Griffins registered six first-place votes en route to 115 total points in the preseason poll. Wheeling Jesuit garnered four first-place nods for 110 points and second place.
Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan tied for third in the rankings with 94 points. The Mountain Lions claimed one first-place vote while the Bobcats totaled two second-place votes.
Alderson-Broaddus recorded 77 points for fifth place. The Battlers had one third-place nod. Ohio Valley’s 55 points were good enough for sixth place. The Fighting Scots had one fourth-place vote. Glenville State picked up 49 points in the poll for seventh.
West Liberty totaled 43 points for eighth place while Fairmont State was just behind the Hilltoppers with 40 points. Davis & Elkins had 38 total points while Bluefield State rounded out the poll (11 points).
Seton Hill brings back its entire top five that captured the 2011 WVIAC Championship. The Griffins’ top returner from the WVIAC Championship is Dom Camasso, who placed fourth. Jon Bogert and Justin Weaver were sixth and seventh, respectively.
Wheeling Jesuit boasts returners Stewart Jones and Luke Holubeck. Jones won the 2011 individual title and was the Athlete of the Year. He also earned All-America honors during the spring track season. Holubeck is a two-time all-WVIAC competitor.
Concord has two former all-WVIAC competitors leading the charge. Robby Peters, who redshirted in 2011, finished in the top five in 2010 at the WVIAC Championship. Craig Pritt, who finished 11th at the conference meet, will once again be looking to earn all-league honors.
West Virginia Wesleyan returns first-team all-conference performer Skyler McCoy. A season ago, the student-athlete earned a top-five finish at the WVIAC Championship. With his help, the Bobcats will be a top contender.
Alderson-Broaddus has John Mundey and Connor Horvath on its squad. Mundey narrowly missed earning all-conference honors in 2011. Horvath, an incoming freshman, will also push the team and will compete for top honors.
Ohio Valley returns Mike Cornell and Ben Murphy to its squad. A season ago, Murphy finished 22nd at the WVIAC Championship. Cornell will add quality depth to the Fighting Scots in 2012.
Glenville State boasts TJ Abel and Chris Hunter on the 2012 squad. Abel is the team’s lone senior on the squad. After the team finished sixth at the conference meet a season ago, the duo will look to push the Pioneers closer to a conference title in 2012.
West Liberty has a pair of incoming freshmen that will lead the way. Clinton Hardmen and Andrew Lowery will push the rest of the young squad in 2012. WLU has just three upperclassmen on its roster and will rely heavily on the newcomers.
Fairmont State returns all-conference performer Scott Treadway in 2012. The sophomore registered an 18th-place finish at the WVIAC Championship during his rookie campaign. He will help key the Falcons’ success this season.
Davis & Elkins has Tommy Boone and Dustin Mathers returning to the line-up. Boone finished the conference championship in 25th place a season ago. Mathers was not too far behind Boone and the duo should provide plenty of depth for the Senators.
Bluefield State boasts Kharles Mwalo as its leading returner. Mwalo had a solid 2011 campaign and will give the Big Blues a solid front runner on the team.
Place Team (First-place votes) Total Points
1. Seton Hill (6) 115
2. Wheeling Jesuit (4) 110
3t. Concord (1) 94
3t. West Virginia Wesleyan 94
5. Alderson-Broaddus 77
6. Ohio Valley 55
7. Glenville State 49
8. West Liberty 43
9. Fairmont State 40
10. Davis & Elkins 38
11. Bluefield State 11