The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll on Wednesday night. The Lions, who were ranked 13th in the final poll last season, return NAIA All-American and AAC Runner of the Year Anthony Simpson and five other All-Conference runners to earn them the No. 7 ranking in the preseason poll.
The Lions will run their first race next Friday, September 6, in the PowerAde Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. The race is scheduled to start at 6:15.
The first regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced Sept. 18.