The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's cross country team was voted to finish first in the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Preseason Poll as recently voted on by member head coaches.
CMS received eight first place votes and 79 points overall in the 2018 preseason coaches vote and was selected to finish first in the SCIAC standings. Winners of the SCIAC Multi-Duals and the SCIAC Championship, the Athenas were terrific during the 2017 campaign with nine runners in the top 20 at the conference championship race, including five in the top 10.
Occidental, which received the other first place vote, picked up 68 points in the preseason poll and are slated to finish second. The Tigers posted a second place finish last season after finishing both the multi-duals and the league championship event as runners-up.
Pomona-Pitzer was selected to finish third ahead of the 2018 campaign after notching 63 points in the voting. The Sagehens were fourth a year ago, finishing behind Redlands which received 58 points in the poll and is slotted to finish fourth this year.
A close race for fifth, sixth, and seventh a year ago was reflected in the preseason voting as Whittier (37 points), Caltech (36 points) and California Lutheran (35 points) were predicted to finish in that order after doing so in 2017. La Verne edged Chapman, in the preseason vote, 15-14 after the Panthers held a slim advantage in last year's final conference standings.
Entering the 2018 season, CMS is ranked 15th overall in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Top 35 Poll. The campaign begins Saturday, September 1.
2018 SCIAC Preseason Poll
1. CMS (8) - 79 points
2. Occidental (1) - 68 points
3. Pomona-Pitzer - 63 points
4. Redlands - 58 points
5. Whittier - 37 points
6. Caltech - 36 points
7. Cal Lutheran - 35 points
8. La Verne - 15 points
9. Chapman - 14 points