RUSSELLVILLE (AP) - East Central University's men and the Harding University's women are at the top of the preseason coaches' polls at the start of the 2013 Great American Conference cross country season.
East Central edged out Harding in the men's poll announced on Tuesday, followed by Southern Arkansas and Arkansas-Monticello.
The Tigers feature the top two returning runners from the 2012 GAC Championships, Cale Eidson and Arturo Nava. Eidson finished second to SAU's Mickey Hammer and Nava took third. Nava claimed the 2012 Freshman of the Year award.
East Central's women, last season's champions, narrowly took second in the preseason poll. Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State claimed the third- and fourth-place positions.
Arkansas Tech and Ouachita Baptist shared fifth place. Henderson State took seventh followed by Southeastern Oklahoma State and Arkansas-Monticello.
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