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2008 SIAC Cross Country Preseason All Conference Team & Predicted Order of Finish Announced

Women

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is proud to announce the 2008 Preseason All Conference Cross Country Women's Team and predicted order of finish. Headlining the list is Phyllis Shelman-Ford of Clark Atlanta and Llonisha Lee of Albany State University. The Cross Country Coaches Association of the SIAC has also chosen Albany State to once again win the conference championship for the sixth consecutive possible time.

Sophomore Phyllis Shelman-Ford and defending SIAC Cross Country Champion junior Llonisha Lee leads a pack of very talented women. Shelman-Ford currently has the fastest time amongst the women this year in the 5k with a time of 21:44.98. She is joined by teammate Wendie Gardner from Clark Atlanta. On the 1st team Albany State has three runners including Lee, Crystal Lemons, and Ashia Hollingsworth which is why the Coaches Association has chosen Albany State to repeat as SIAC Champions. Tuskegee has the most student athletes with four on the comprised first and second team.

Albany State will attempt to win their sixth consecutive SIAC title behind the legs of their now experienced team. Tuskegee is also highly favored as well with a second place predicted finish followed by Clark Atlanta.

The All Conference teams were chosen based on the returning Athletes and their order of finish in the 2007 Championships. The prediction of the order of finish for 2008 is based on their finish in the 2007 Championships.

SIAC 2008 PRE-SEASON ALL CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS

WOMEN'S 1st Team

Phyllis Shelman-Ford Clark Atlanta University
Llonisha Lee Albany State University
Crstall Leamons Albany State University
Wendie Gardner Clark Atlanta University
Asia Hollingsworth Albany State University
Brittany Palmer Tuskegee University
Mallory Johnson Tuskegee University

WOMEN'S 2nd Team

Shanika Marshall Tuskegee University
Terresa Smith Tuskegee University
Casheba Ellis Paine College
Leandra Makin Fort Valley State University
Zanetha Mcghee Fort Valley State University
Nakela Jackson Fort Valley State University
Savoyia Barrett Paine College

2008 SIAC Women's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Albany State University
  2. Tuskegee University
  3. Clark Atlanta University
  4. Fort Valley State University
  5. Paine College
  6. Benedict College
  7. Kentucky State University
  8. Stillman College
  9. Miles College
  10. LeMoyne-Owen College
  11. Claflin University
  12. Lane College

Men

bc  cross country team  augusta state invitational oneil williamsThe Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is proud to announce the 2008 Preseason All Conference Cross Country Men's Team and predicted order of finish. Headlining the list is Benedict's Oneil Williams (left). The Cross Country Coaches Association of the SIAC has also chosen Benedict to once again win the conference championship.

Benedict's Oneil Williams is again one of the favorites to win conference and lead Benedict to their 1st ever title in cross country. The first team is filled with mostly Morehouse and Benedict runners (3 each). Joining the 1st team is Ahunuar Heurta of Kentucky State. He helped Kentucky State to their best ever finish, 3rd place, in cross country in an SIAC cross country championship. Oneil Williams was the MVP in 2006 at the SIAC Cross Country Championships and he hopes to regain the title and lead Benedict to their first ever Cross Country title. He has already run faster this season than he did at the 2007 championships where he finished in 3rd place with a time of 27.19.00. His current time, which leads the SIAC, is 27.05.00.

The Cross Country Coach's Association voted Benedict as the favorite to win the SIAC for the second consecutive year. Morehouse College was chosen to finish second and Kentucky State to finish third.

The All Conference teams were chosen based on the returning Athletes and their order of finish in the 2007 Championships. The prediction of the order of finish for 2008 is based on their finish in the 2007 Championships.

SIAC 2008 PRE-SEASON ALL CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS

MEN'S 1ST Team

Oneil Williams

Benedict College
Titus Rotich Benedict College
Kiprotich Abraham Morehouse College
Dreyfus Clemons Morehouse College
Charles Chirchir Benedict College
Courtney Morris Morehouse College
Ahunuar Heurta Kentucky State University

MEN'S 2nd Team

David Osborne Kentucky State University
Kenneth Skinner Morehouse College
Antonio Wells Fort Valley State University
Brandon Miller Clark Atlanta University
Miles Gaddy Clark Atlanta University
Makus Brussard Kentucky State University
Bryan Bailey Tuskegee University

2008 SIAC Men's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Benedict College
  2. Morehouse College
  3. Kentucky State University
  4. Clark Atlanta University
  5. Fort Valley State University
  6. Paine College
  7. Tuskegee University
  8. Albany State University
  9. Stillman College
  10. Miles College
  11. Claflin University
  12. Lane College
  13. LeMoyne-Owen College

*Note: The predicted order of finish is based on the overall team finish at the 2007 SIAC Men's Cross Country Championship.

As selected by the Cross Country Coaches Association.

Source: SIAC (September 9, 2008)

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