Freshman Payton Kneadler runs the 800 meter during the Ball State Challenge on April 15 at Briner Sports Complex. Kneadler finished third in the race. Terence K. Lightning Jr. // DN File
Ball State cross country picked to finish 10th in MAC
Ball State was picked to finish 10th in the Mid-American Conference according to the cross country preseason polls released on Aug. 30.
The preseason men's and women's polls are voted on by the conference head coaches. Eastern Michigan was picked to finish first among the women's teams, receiving nine of the first place votes.
Ball State enters this season with a new distance specialist coach in Anna Farello, who reached NCAA Nationals in cross country.
1. Eastern Michigan (9)
2. Northern Illinois
3. Bowling Green
4. Toledo (1)
5. Central Michigan
8. Western Michigan
10. Ball State
12. Kent State
Two coaches abstained from voting for first place
Ball State begins its cross country season on Sept. 1 at the Butler Open in Carmel, Indiana.