The Central Connecticut women's cross country team was voted to finish third in the Northeast Conference in the 2013 NEC Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced Wednesday. The ranking improves upon last season's preseason prediction of fourth.
The last time CCSU finished in the top three of the NEC was in 2001 when the squad placed third, just behind Saint Francis U. and Sacred Heart.
Last season, the Blue Devils were led by seniors Krisztina Dearborn and Elizabeth Eberhardt and earned a fifth-place finish. Dearborn and Eberhardt placed 13th and 14th, respectively and were followed by classmate Shannon McBride in 28th, sophomore Jazmin Booker in 31st and sophomore Brandy LeClair in 62nd.
As a freshman, Booker exhibited exceptional performances and earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 25.
The Blue Devils are set to open the 2013 season on August 31 at Fairfield University followed by the first home meet of the season, the Ted Owen Invitational, on Saturday, September 21 at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, CT.
2013 NEC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Sacred Heart (7)
2. Bryant (2)
3. Central Connecticut
4. Mount St. Mary's
5. Robert Morris
7. Saint Francis U
8. St. Francis Brooklyn
9. Fairleigh Dickinson
First place votes in parentheses