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DEFENDING AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS MENíS CROSS COUNTRY PICKED TO FINISH THIRD, WOMEN PICKED TO FINISH EIGHTH IN PRESEASON COACHESí POLL
J.J. Wetzel returns for his senior year as the UMBC men look to defend their America East Conference title.
UMBC, the defending America East Conference menís cross country champions, were selected to finish third in the conferenceís preseason coachesí poll while the UMBC women were selected to finish eighth.
The UMBC menís team returns four of the top 16 runners in the conference championships last year that let UMBC to the title. J.J. Wetzel finished eighth last year while teammates Shawn Shokry (11th), Anthony Kelhower (13th) and Blake Davis (16th) all return to defend their league title.
On the womenís side, Kathleen Galan and Morgan Little return as the top point scorers from a year ago. Tawny Barin, entering her junior year, has been a consistent runner for the Retrievers and will add depth along with Allison Mathis and Emily Saltsman. UMBC will welcome five newcomers to the team looking to boost their way up the conference latter.
UMBC (48 points) had one first-place vote and ranked third, followed closely by