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Saints voted No. 2 in Atlantic East Pre-Championship Poll

Saints voted No. 2 in Atlantic East Pre-Championship Poll

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Marymount University men's cross country team is getting set for the Atlantic East Conference championship race and will enter the competition voted No. 2 in the Atlantic East Pre-Championship Poll.

The Saints earned 29 points and one first-place vote in the poll to be projected to finish one spot above where the team placed in the 2018 race. Last season, the Saints took third in the first year of the Atlantic East.

This season, Marymount has competed in five events, leading up to the conference championship. The Saints have been led by freshman Meshack Bett, who posted the best time of the year for the team with a time of 27:04.12 at the Christopher Newport Invitational; he finished fifth in the race.

Sophomore Brendan O'Brien also posted his best time of the year at CNU, placing 29th with a time of 29:44.31.

The Saints had a strong day at the Paul Short Run, as well, with top times for the year coming from sophomore Matthew Thies (30:35.0), junior Paolo Rivas (32:24.9), and senior Kevin Umanzor (31:45.2).

Marywood University topped the Atlantic East poll with 36 points and six first-place votes, as last season's Atlantic East Champion.

The poll was rounded out by Wesley College (21 points) and Neumann University (21 points) in a tie for third and No. 5 Gwynedd Mercy University (18 points).

The championship race will take place on Saturday, November 2, hosted by Marywood, at Lakeview High School.

To view the full Atlantic East release, click here.