ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's and women's cross country teams have each been predicted to finish 13th in the Atlantic 10 in 2013, according to preseason voting conducted by the league's coaches.
Each of the SBU teams returns the bulk of their runners from last fall. Both of coach Bob Macfarlane's rosters will be led this year by the returning Bonnies runners which should benefit from the experience they gained in 2012.
Each of the 14 athletes who made up the men's team last fall is back in 2013. The 15-man roster features three seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. The men's top performance came at the Gettysburg Invitational where they finished in the top 10 out of 39 schools.
This year's women's squad, meanwhile, includes eight returning letterwinners that consist of one senior, three juniors and four sophomores. Macfarlane also welcomes five newcomers to the team that finished 14th out of 34 teams at the National Catholic Championships, their best finish ever at the event.
La Salle's men's team has been picked for the fourth consecutive year to win the Atlantic 10 title. Richmond's women's team has been selected as the favorites to win the A-10 title after finishing third in 2012.
The St. Bonaventure teams open their season at the Little Three Invitational Aug. 30 in Buffalo, N.Y.
2013 A-10 Men's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish
2013 A-10 Women's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish
|(2012 A-10 finish in parentheses)||(2012 A-10 finish in parentheses)|
|1. La Salle (3rd)||1. Richmond (3rd)
|2. Saint Joseph's (2nd)||2. La Salle (2nd)|
|T3. Duquesne (5th)||3. Saint Louis (4th)|
|T3. George Mason (CAA 2nd out of 5)||4. Duquesne (7th)|
|5. Dayton (6th)||5. Dayton (6th)|
|6. Richmond (7th)||6. Saint Joseph's (8th)|
|7. Fordham (T8th)||7. George Mason (CAA 4th out of 8)|
|8. Massachusetts (T8th)||8. Massachusetts (12th)|
|9. Saint Louis (11th)
||9. Rhode Island (11th)|
|10. VCU (12th)
||10. George Washington (10th)|
|11. George Washington (13th)||11. Fordham (13th)|
|12. Rhode Island (15th)
||12. VCU (16th)|
|13. St. Bonaventure (16th)||13. St. Bonaventure (15th)|