The Pomona-Pitzer men's cross country team was unanimously voted to finish first in the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Preseason Poll as recently voted on by member head coaches.
Pomona-Pitzer received all nine first place votes and 81 total points in the 2018 preseason poll after securing the SCIAC Championship in 2017. The Sagehens also swept the SCIAC Multi-Duals a year ago, and had nine runners finish in the top 20 at the league championship race, including five in the top 10.
A close race for second and third a year ago between Occidental and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) was mirrored in the voting ahead of the 2018 season as both squads earned 66 points in the vote. The Tigers edged into second place after receiving six second place votes. Occidental and the Stags finished both the multi-duals and the championship events in second and third respectively.
Redlands was voted to finish fourth with 49 points in the 2018 preseason poll, while Whittier received 40 points and is tabbed to finish fifth. The Poets ended the 2017 campaign fourth overall, while the Bulldogs were fifth in last year's final SCIAC standings.
Caltech (38 points) remains in sixth in the voting after finishing in that spot last season, while the seventh, eighth and ninth slots remained unchanged with California Lutheran, La Verne and Chapman rounding out the preseason vote respectively with 27, 24 and 14 points.
Entering the 2018 season, Pomona-Pitzer is ranked fourth overall in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Top 35 Poll, while CMS is ranked 30th. Occidental is also receiving votes in the preseason poll. The campaign begins Saturday, September 1.
2018 SCIAC Preseason Poll
1. Pomona-Pitzer (9) - 81 points
2. Occidental - 66 points
3. CMS - 66 points
4. Redlands - 49 points
5. Whittier - 40 points
6. Caltech - 38 points
7. Cal Lutheran - 27 points
8. La Verne - 24 points
9. Chapman - 14 points