Tide Men Favored In Cross Country

It's a two-horse race for the Southeastern Conference 2010 men's cross country championship according to a vote of the league coaches. But that's one more horse than is in the women's race.

The Alabama men's team, which has won back-to-back SEC cross country titles and finished third in the nation last year, was the pick of the league's coaches to win the conference title. Bama got seven of 11 first place votes and three seconds.

There are only 11 voters since South Carolina does not field teams in men's cross country, and a coach could not vote for his own team, so a team can receive only 10 total votes.

Arkansas got the four first place votes that did not go to Alabama and was a close second overall.

From there, it was a long way back to 3. Florida, 4. Georgia, 5. Auburn, 6. Tennessee, 7. Kentucky, 8. Mississippi State, 9. Ole Miss, 10. LSU, and 11. Vanderbilt.

On the women's side, Florida got every first place vote. The defending champion Gators have won four titles in the past, including back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997. Their first title came in 1984. The Arkansas Razorbacks collected 24 points for second-place, followed by the Georgia Bulldogs with 35 points.

Alabama's women's team has a goal of top five, and if the coaches are correct, the Crimson Tide could squeeze into that position. There was a three-way tie for fourth with Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

The bottom of the women's vote had 7. Auburn, 8. Kentucky, 9. Mississippi State, 10. South Carolina, 11. LSU, and 12. Ole Miss.

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