HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey has been ranked eighth by league coaches in the 2018 Conference Carolinas Men's Cross Country preseason poll, the league office announced today. Six-time defending champion Mount Olive was voted to repeat this year, gaining a total of 80 points and eight first-place votes.
Lees-McRae College is ranked second with 72 points, while North Greenville was third with 63 points. League newcomer Emmanuel picked up the final first-place vote and 50 points to rank fourth, just a few points ahead of three teams -- King (49), Barton (46) and Limestone (45). Southern Wesleyan followed The Abbey in ninth with 28 points.