Ram men picked second in MWC Poll
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Men's Cross Country - Wed, Aug. 16, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's men's cross country team is one of the front-runners to take the Midwest Conference championship, according to the 2017 MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll released Wednesday by the league office.

Coach Dan Schofer's Rams were nudged by five-time defending MWC champion Grinnell for the top spot in a voting of the league's 10 coaches. Cornell came in second with 76 total points and tied the Pioneers with five first-place votes. Grinnell received 77 points.

Monmouth is a distant third with 58 points, followed by Lake Forest and Lawrence in a tie for fourth with 56. Rounding out the projections is St. Norbert (42), Beloit (34), Ripon (21), Knox (20) and Illinois College (10).

The Rams ran a strong third at the 2016 MWC Championships, led by all-conference performers Caleb Wilson (JR/Madison, Wis.) (third), Cuyler Gabriel (JR/Santa Barbara, Calif.) (ninth) and Austin Bach (JR/Larkspur, Colo.) (14th). All three juniors return this fall, along with two other regional competitors in Zach Stoll (SR/West Bend, Wis.) and Matthew McDermott (JR/Menasha, Wis.).

This year's MWC meet is hosted by Illinois College Oct. 28 in Jacksonville, Ill.

The Rams open the season Sept. 1 at the Mustang Gallop in Cedar Rapids.