MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PICKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire men's cross country team was chosen to capture its fourth consecutive America East title in the 2009 America East men's cross country coaches' poll, the conference announced Wednesday. UNH received five of the possible eight first-place votes en route to earning 58 points.

The Wildcats are once again led by 27-year head coach Jim Boulanger, who along with his staff, has won six America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors, including two straight. Boulanger has guided the ‘Cats to eight conference titles in the past 11 seasons.

New Hampshire had four top-ten finishers in the 2008 championship and is returning three of them. The Wildcats return a strong group of upperclassmen, including fifth-place finisher graduate student Nick Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.), seventh-place finisher senior Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.), ninth-place finisher graduate student Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.), and seniors Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and Wesley Moseman (Remsen, N.Y.), both top-20 finishers.

The Wildcats open the season Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. when they host Providence at College Woods.

2009 America East Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank   Team (1st-place votes)    Total
1.        New Hampshire (5)            58

2.        Stony Brook (2)                    54
3.        Binghamton (1)                    53
4.        Boston University (1)            47
T-5.     Maine                                  32
T-5.     Albany                                 32
7.        Vermont                               21
8.        UMBC                                  19
9.        Hartford                                8

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