Men’s Cross Country Begins Building Foundation, Preseason Poll Released

Men’s Cross Country Begins Building Foundation, Preseason Poll Released

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COLUMBUS/AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – With three new faces to fill out the roster and a new head coach leading the way, the Capital University men's cross country team is ready to start building the foundation for a program on the rise. The season is underway and the Ohio Athletic Conference has made its projections for the 2015 campaign, placing Capital ninth.

A frontrunner on the men`s side to look out for this season will be junior Andrew Stroh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson), who ran a season-best of 27:20.6 at the 2014 NCAA Regional Championship, hosted by Wilmington College. Stroh was an Academic All-OAC selection and was one of Capital's more consistent scorers all season long.

A Crusader on the move this season will be sophomore Aaron Fox (Commerical Point, Ohio). First-year head coach Hannah Weiss noted that Stroh is coming out of the preseason in great shape and expected to make a great impact on the team.

Adding to the group of young talent that is one year more mature is sophomore Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio). Knabe was Capital's top finisher in five out of seven meets in 2014.

Capital will welcome three new members to the men's team: Nate Flores (North Baltimore, Ohio), Christian Vermillion (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and Bryce Walker (Columbia, Md.).

"My biggest goal this year will be setting a cohesive team environment, establishing the culture of discipline, working hard, and general ownership of the team performance overall," says Weiss on her first-year goals with the team.

In this year's OAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, Capital was selected to finish ninth out of 10 teams, ahead of Marietta College. Despite the ranking, Weiss expresses that she is looking to climb into the top half of the OAC standings by year's end.

Topping the 2015 preseason poll is John Carroll University, who received six out of 10 first-place votes and a total of 78 points. Right behind the Blue Streaks is the University of Mount Union with its four first-place votes and 74 total points.

Complete OAC preseason poll results are listed below.

Capital will participate in the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational this Saturday, Sept. 5 in Delaware, Ohio before taking the next two weeks off prior to their return to Otterbein University.

 


Place


Team

Points
(1st-place votes) 

1

John Carroll

78 (6)

2

Mount Union

74 (4)

3

Ohio Northern

66

4

Heidelberg

54

5

Otterbein

53

6

Muskingum

34

7

Baldwin Wallace

32

8

Wilmington

32

9

Capital

17

10

Marietta

10