CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland women's cross country was picked to finish ninth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, while the men were picked 10th, as announced by the league office Wednesday.
The United States Naval Academy, which won the past six men's titles, earned the top spot on the men's side in a poll that is voted on by the league coaches and sports information directors. The Midshipmen earned 14 first-place votes and received a total of 158 points. On the women's side, Boston University took first after its initial year in the league. The Terriers garnered 18 first-place points and 162 points.
The Greyhounds received 28 men's and 31 women's votes.
Last season, the women finished ninth in their first-ever appearance at the Patriot League Championships. Alumna Kiera Harrison etched her name in the program's record books after finishing second at the league championships and going on to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors at the regional meet weeks later. The Syosset, New York, native became the first-ever Greyhound to compete in an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport as an individual, earning an at-large bid by the Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee. Harrison was the only Patriot League runner to earn all-region honors and ultimately raced at the national championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.
On the men's side, Loyola ended the 2013 campaign in ninth place with a total of 279 points. For the second year in a row, Patrick Makles was the top Greyhound male finisher, taking 68th with a time of 27:53.58.
Loyola opens its 2014 season on Saturday, August 30 at the Seagull Open in Salisbury, Maryland.