LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference today released its preseason coaches poll for men's cross country. The 16-team PSAC Men's Cross Country Coaches Preseason poll features Shippensburg as the preseason favorite, with Edinboro sitting in fourth place.
Shippensburg garnered 12 of the 16 first-place votes, with Lock Haven picking up the other four first-place votes. A year ago, Lock Haven won the PSAC championship with Shippensburg finishing second. Indiana(Pa.) is picked to finish third, with the Fighting Scots in fourth. Slippery rock rounds out the top five.
Edinboro will be under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Foster, who previously served as an assistant coach at Penn State. He takes over a Fighting Scots team which finished fifth a year ago at the PSAC Championships, but then came in third at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional to earn a spot at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Foster can rely on a pair of All-PSAC performers in his first season. Senior Jonathan Gusew earned second team honors for the second straight year thanks to a 21st place finish.
The Northgate graduate went on to earn All-Region accolades for the first time thanks to a 16th-place showing.
(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)