La Salle Cross Country Picked First in Atlantic 10 by Coaches

PHILADELPHIA - The expectations will be high surrounding the La Salle cross country team in 2011 as both the men's and women's squad were picked to finish first in the Atlantic 10, the conference announced today.

"We are excited about both our men's and women's cross country programs being ranked number one in the poll," said head coach Dan Ireland. "This season will present a new challenge for our student-athletes but they are both ready and look forward to the challenge of bringing both titles back to 20th and Olney."

The Explorers return the majority of their starting roster from 2010 that saw the men place fifth and the women second at the Atlantic 10 Championship.

On the women's side, rising seniors Caitlin Storbeck and Stephanie Bearish each finished in the top 10 in the conference and earned All-Atlantic 10 last season.

For the men, seniors Nick Crits and David Hausherr are the top returnees and will bolster a young but talented squad under the direction of first-year head coach Dan Ireland

The Explorers open the 2011 season on September 2 at the Lehigh Invitational. The Atlantic 10 Championship will be held a few weeks later on October 29 on the campus of UNC-Charlotte.

The complete polls for both the men and women are below.  

Men's Poll (2010 Finish)
1) La Salle (5)
2) Richmond (1)
3) Duquesne (2)
4) Dayton (4)
5) Massachusetts (3)
6) Saint Joseph's (7)
7) Xavier (6)
8) Charlotte (10)
9) Temple (8)
10) Fordham (9)
11) Saint Louis (12)
12) George Washington (11)
13) Rhode Island (13)
14) St. Bonaventure (14)

Women's Poll (2010 Finish)
1) La Salle (2)
2) Richmond (1)
3) Dayton (3)
4) Charlotte (t5)
5) Duquesne (t5)
6) Saint Louis (4)
7) Saint Joseph's (9)
8) Rhode Island (7)
9) Massachusetts (8)
10) Xavier (10)
11) Fordham (12)
t12) George Washington (11)
t12) Temple (13)
13) St. Bonaventure (14)

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