The ULM men’s cross country team has been predicted to finish seventh in the Sun Belt Conference, according to a poll released by league officials on Wednesday. The Warhawk women were picked to finish 11th overall in the poll.
Western Kentucky, which won both the men’s and women’s titles a year ago, were picked to repeat their sweep in 2012. The Hilltoppers received 10 of the twelve possible first place votes on the men’s side. The UALR received the second spot in the rankings, pulling in one first place vote, and Middle Tennessee finished third and drew the remaining first place vote.
On the women’s side, WKU racked up six first place votes to lead the way. Arkansas State was picked second, and South Alabama third.
Both ULM teams are set to open their seasons at the McNeese Relays, which features a unique 6,000 meter two person relay format. Last year, returning ULM men seniors Silah Chumba and Daniel Mutai combined to win the event. The race will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.
The Warhawks will turn around and host the Warhawk Invitational on Friday, September 7 in Monroe, La. at the Selmen Golf Course at 6:15 p.m. After the hectic week of racing, coach Karoly Varga’s team will take nearly a month off before returning to action at the Northwestern Invitational in Natchitoches, La.