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UNI Women top MVC Cross Country Preseason Poll

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The University of Northern Iowa women's cross country team has been picked to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference champions after a vote of the head coaches conducted by the league office.
The University of Northern Iowa women's cross country team has been picked to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference champions after a vote of the head coaches conducted by the league office.

UNI and Bradley were each tied for first in the MVC preseason poll with 94 points apiece. UNI tallied six first-place votes, while Bradley captured the other four first-place votes.

Under the direction of league coaching staff of the year Dave Paulsen and Alex Wilson, UNI captured the 2016 MVC women's cross country championship in its own backyard at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. The Panthers return senior Ashley Norem, who placed sixth overall at last year's meet. Norem was also given the MVC's Elite 18 Award given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the MVC Championship - Norem has a 3.89 GPA while pursuing a degree in exercise science.

MVC freshman of the Year Hannah Truniger returns for her sophomore campaign. Truniger placed ninth a year ago at the MVC Championship. Senior Brette Correy is back after a 10th-place finish in the league meet last year. Junior Lucy Conroy posted a 20th-place finish at the MVC meet last season.

The UNI men return a pair of runners that took part in the 2016 MVC Championship meet in CJ May and Ethan Smith.

The UNI cross country squads will get their season underway Sept. 1 at the Hawkeye Invite in Iowa City. The Panthers will also compete in the Mayflower Day Open (Sept. 16 - Madison, Wisconsin), the Joe Piane Invitational (Sept. 30 - South Bend, Indiana) and the Bradley Classic (Oct. 13 - Peoria, Illinois).

This year's MVC Championship meets will be held Oct. 28 in Springfield, Missouri.

The NCAA Midwest Regional is set for Nov. 10 in Ames, Iowa.
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