FRAMINGHAM – The 2022 season opens up or the Framingham State University cross-country squads on Saturday, September 3, when they travel to the Jim Sheehan Memorial in Fitchburg.
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) earlier this week released its 2022 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Preseason Polls as voted on by the coaches throughout the league.
The Framingham State University women’s team was predicted to finish fifth while the men’s squad was also ranked fifth in this year’s poll.
On the women’s side the Rams earned 17 points and return junior Elizabeth Dykstra who was the Rams top finisher at the 2021 MASCAC Championship, finishing in 11th place with a time of 21:15.
On the men’s side Framingham earned 14 points to land in the fifth spot. Patrick Walsh is returning for the Rams after earning All-Conference last season finishing in eighth place at the Championship meet with a time of 27:56.
On the women’s side Westfield State has been picked to win their third straight MASCAC Women’s Cross-Country Championship. The Owl had six first place votes for 36 points to earn the top spot. Earning the other first place vote is Bridgewater State in second with 27 points followed by Worcester State is up next in third with 26 points. Landing in fourth is Fitchburg State with 22 points ahead of the Rams. Closing out the 2022 preseason poll are Massachusetts Maritime and MCLA in sixth and seventh with 12 points and seven points, respectively.
On the men’s side last season’s second place finisher Fitchburg State has been selected as the preseason favorite to take home the team title at this year’s cross-country championship. The Falcons received three first place votes for 33 points. Last year’s meet champion Worcester State is second with the final four first place votes for 31 points and landing in the third spot with 26 points is Bridgewater State. Sitting in fourth is Westfield State with 24 points followed by the Rams with 14 points. Rounding out this year’s preseason poll is Massachusetts Maritime and MCLA in seventh and eighth with 13 and six points, respectively.