Men's Cross Country tops preseason poll

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- After polling all nine men's cross country coaches in the conference, the West Coast Conference announced BYU is the pre-season favorite to win the conference championship.

The Cougars earned seven first-place votes and 63 points overall in the preseason poll. The University of Portland ranked second with two first-place votes, followed by the University of San Francisco in third and Gonzaga in fourth.

BYU also led the conference with five runners named to the Preseason All-West Coast Conference team.

Last year, the Cougars' inaugural season in the WCC, the team won their first WCC cross country championship.

2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

TEAM (First Place Votes) POINTS

1. BYU (7)                             

     63

2. Portland (2)

     58

3. San Francisco

     45

4. Gonzaga

     41

T5. Loyola Marymount

     36

T5. Santa Clara

     36

7. Saint Mary's

     19

8. San Diego

     18

9. Pepperdine

      8

2012 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

RUNNER

SCHOOL 

YEAR

Jared Bassett

Portland

Senior

Ben Demaree

Santa Clara

Junior

Scott Fauble

Portland

Sophomore

Steve Flint

BYU

Sophomore

Lars Erik Malde

Portland

Senior

David Perry

Portland

Sophomore

Rex Shields

BYU

Senior

Tylor Thatcher

BYU

Junior

Jared Ward

BYU

Junior

Jason Witt

BYU

Junior