Aug. 21, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Landing in the number one spot for the third straight year on the Atlantic 10 head coaches’ ranking, La Salle Men’s Cross Country is predicted to win the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship.

The Explorers look to take their second straight title this year. Returning senior, Alfredo Santana, finished the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship race with a time of 24:18, becoming the third Explorer to win the individual title.

Newcomer, Butler ranks second on the coaches’ preseason ranking. The Bulldogs finished out the 2011 season taking the top three individual spots and the top five of the 10 individual spots at the Horizon League Championship, crowning them conference champion.

Saint Joseph’s took the third spot on the coaches’ preseason ranking. Finishing third at the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship, the Hawks are predicted to finish third at this year’s championship. Returning A-10 All Conference senior, Jon Mazzio, finished seventh at last year’s championship with a time of 24:42.

Duquesne and Dayton round out the top five, followed by Richmond, Massachusetts, Fordham, Xavier, Charlotte, Temple, Saint Louis, VCU, Rhode Island, George Washington, and St. Bonaventure.

The 2012 Men’s Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Temple at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 27.

2012 A-10 Men’s Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish (2011 Conference Championship Finish)

1. La Salle (1st)
2. Butler (Horizon League 1st out of 10)
3. Saint Joseph’s (3rd)
4. Duquesne (2nd)
5. Dayton (4th)
6. Richmond (7th)
7. Massachusetts (5th)
8. Fordham (6th)
9. Xavier (8th)
10. Charlotte (9th)
11. Temple (10th)
12. Saint Louis (11th)
13. VCU (CAA 5th out of 7)
14. Rhode Island (12th)
15. George Washington (13th)
16. St. Bonaventure (14th)