FOREST, Va. – Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) cross county coaches picked Guilford College's men 10th in their annual preseason polls released Friday. The team tallied 21 points among 11 squads. Last year, Washington and Lee University won the ODAC Championship, and top the poll to open this year's campaign with 98 points (eight first-place votes). Bridgewater College tallied 90 points and two first-place votes to sit second in the poll. Lynchburg College earned the final first-place vote and 80 points to rank third.
Guilford head coach Danny Cash returns six runners, sophomores Caleb Amstutz, Lee Joyner, and Connor Stephens, junior Caleb Anderson, and seniors Quinton Simones and Jonathan Sumner. Amstutz returns after a solid rookie campaign that featured a season-best eight-kilometer time of 28:26.8 at the ODAC Championships and a third-place finish at the Hagan-Stone Invitational. His ODAC Championship performance ranks 84th in Guilford history. The Quakers' roster features an experienced group of five other returners who each competed in at-least four events last year, with two running in each of Guilford's six contests.
The Quakers begin the 2016 campaign on Saturday (9/3) in Salisbury, North Carolina, at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. The season will conclude with the ODAC Championships October 29 in Lexington, Virginia, before the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regionals in Rome, Georgia, November 12.
2016 ODAC MEN'S XC PRESEASON POLL (#) denotes first-place votes
1. Washington and Lee University (8) 98, 2. Bridgewater College (2) 90, 3. Lynchburg College (1) 80, 4. Eastern Mennonite University 74, 5. Roanoke College 65, 6. Shenandoah University 51, 7. Virginia Wesleyan College 44, 8. Emory & Henry College 40, 9. Randolph College 22, 10. Guilford College 21, 11. Hampden-Sydney College 20.