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Fitchburg State Selected to Claim 2017 Men’s Cross Country Championship

Fitchburg State Selected to Claim 2017 Men’s Cross Country Championship
For the second straight season, Fitchburg State has been selected by the seven coaches from around the conference as the preseason favorite to win the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Title. 
The Falcons grabbed five of the seven first place votes for 35 points. During the 2016 championship, Jake Hastings crossed the line first to take home MASCAC Runner of the Year as the top overall individual finisher. Teammates Anthony Darrigo, Brian Amaral and Joseph Darrigo finished seventh, ninth and 10th to join Hastings on the All-Conference team. As a team, Fitchburg State finished second with 50 points.
Grabbing the final two first place votes for 32 points in second is Westfield State. The Owls claimed the 2016 Meet Championship with 34 total points. Derik Noland was the top finisher for the Owls crossing the line second, followed by Tim Forrest right behind in third while Patrick Brett finished sixth. All three received All-Conference honors as top 10 finishers.
Bridgewater State is next in third with 25 points. As a team, the Bears finished third last year with 62 points. Trevor Wysong was the highest finishing rookie to earn himself MASCAC Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference team.
Landing in the fourth spot with 21 points is Worcester State. The Lancers finished fourth as a team last year and were led by Devin Luce who finished fifth for a spot on the All-Conference team.
Coming in fifth with 15 points is Massachusetts Maritime. The Buccaneers were fifth in last year's meet. Jake MacVarish was the top finisher, crossing the line in 17th place.
Rounding out the preseason poll are Framingham State and MCLA in sixth and seventh with 11 and eight points, respectively. The Rams were sixth at the 2016 meet. Coming in 31st, Dan Stevens was the top runner for Framingham State. The Trailblazers came in seventh last year. Avery Woodbury was the first MCLA runner to cross the finish in 34th place. 
Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, MCLA and Worcester State begin their MASCAC cross country on September 2 while Massachusetts Maritime and Westfield State start on September 9.

2017 MASCAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
(First Place Votes In Parentheses)

1. Fitchburg State (5) 35 points
2. Westfield State (2) 32 points
3. BridgewaterState   25 points
4. Worcester State   21 points
5. Massachusetts Maritime   15 points
6. Framingham State   11 points
7. MCLA    8 points

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