The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference released its men’s cross country preseason coaches poll Thursday, Aug. 22 and the University of Minnesota Morris was selected to finish third among UMAC competitors this season.

According to the poll, St. Scholastica holds a one-point edge to win the UMAC title over runner-up Wisconsin Superior. However, the Yellowjackets had five first-place votes compared to St. Scholastica’s four first-place votes.

Minnesota Morris should have another solid team outing with the return of All-UMAC performers Ryan Anderson and Benjamin Barnack. Anderson placed second overall behind Boedigheimer last fall and should be the team's lead runner. Barnack took 13th overall, while fellow senior Ray Abraham also brings experience after finishing 18th a year ago.

UMM opens the regular season at UW-Superior Thursday, Sept. 3.

2019 UMAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. St. Scholastica – 60 Points (4 First Place Votes)

2. Wisconsin-Superior – 59 Points (5 First Place Votes)

3. Minnesota Morris – 49 Points

4. Martin Luther – 46 Points

5. Bethany Lutheran – 35 Points

6. Northwestern – 29 Points

7. North Central – 18 Points

8. Northland – 17 Points

9. Crown – 11 Points

University of Minnesota Morris

Tony Krueger | 8th season |

2018 Season: | 3rd | 79 points |

Postseason: Finished 22nd as a team at the NCAA Division III Central Region Championships.

Top Runners

  • Ryan Anderson, Sr. | 2018 First Team All-Conference | 2018 Championships: 2nd, 26:28, 1st team finisher |

  • Benjamin Barnack, Sr. | 2018 Second Team All-Conference | 2018 Championships: 13th, 27:38, 2nd team finisher |

  • Ray Abraham, Sr. | 2018 Championships: 18th, 27:53, 3rd team finisher |

Need to Know

The 2018 Cougar men's cross country team posted the fastest ever top-5 average (27:28) at the Central Region Championship.