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Reigning Champion NDSU Picked to Defend Summit League Title

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: August 23, 2012

The North Dakota State University women's cross country team has been picked to repeat as champions of The Summit League, according to the preseason poll of league head coaches released Thursday.

The Bison received eight of the nine possible first-place votes and totaled 64 points in the poll. South Dakota State came in second with 53 points.

The Bison return two All-Summit League honorees in juniors Heidi Peterson and Maddie McClellan. NDSU captured its first-ever Summit League title in 2011, with head coach Ryun Godfrey earning Coach of the Year honors and freshman Abbi Aspengren taking the league's top newcomer award.

"We are looking forward to the 2012 cross country season with four of our top five intact from last year," said Godfrey. "They had a good summer of training and are anxious to begin competing."

NDSU will host the Bison Invitational on Fri., Aug. 31, to open the 2012 cross country season.

2012 Summit League Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll

Place

Team

Points (1st)

2011 Finish

1.

North Dakota State

64 (8)

1st

2.

South Dakota State

53

4th

3.

Kansas City

48 (1)

3rd

4.

South Dakota

46

5th

5.

Oakland

37

7th

6.

IUPUI

23

8th

7.

Fort Wayne

18

9th

 

Western Illinois

18

10th

9.

Omaha

17

N/A

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