Mount Olive Unanimous Choice as Favorite in 2019 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Mount Olive men’s cross country has been unanimously chosen as the favorite in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll.

The Trojans enter the 2019 season looking to claim their eighth consecutive men’s cross country championship. Mount Olive (100) received all 10 first-place votes in the 2019 preseason poll.

North Greenville finished the 2018 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Championship in fourth place, but the Crusaders were chosen second in the 2019 preseason poll with a total of 80 points. Emmanuel was picked third with 78 points. They were followed closely by Lees-McRae with 77 total points. 

Southern Wesleyan (67) was selected fifth in the 2019 preseason poll, which is exactly where they finished the 2018 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Championship. In fact, the fifth-ninth place spots were identical to the final results at last year’s championship with Barton (51) sixth, Belmont Abbey (45) seventh, Limestone (42) eighth and King (36) ninth.

Men’s cross country newcomer Chowan is 10th in the 2019 preseason poll. Not identified in the preseason poll is Erskine, who will once again field a men’s cross country team in the upcoming season. The Flying Fleet last competed in men’s cross country in 2016.


First Place


1. Mount Olive



2. North Greenville



3. Emmanuel



4. Lees-McRae



5. Southern Wesleyan



6. Barton



7. Belmont Abbey



8. Limestone



9. King



10. Chowan



*Erskine will compete in the 2019 season 

Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Runners to Watch (Submitted by Conference Carolinas Coaches)
Benjamin Aris, Mount Olive, Fr., Prince Frederick, Md.
Brandon Bejarano, King, Sr., Margate, Fla.
Tristin Bertie*, Lees-McRae, Jr., Cleveland, Ga. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)
Daniel Grosch, Belmont Abbey, Jr., Lilburn, Ga.
Joshua Hall, Lees-McRae, Sr., Ferguson, N.C.
Kyle Hart, King, R-So., Yorba Linda, Calif.
Brooks Hovis, North Greenville, Sr., Taylors, S.C. (2018 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Elite 23 award winner)
Shmael Jacques, Erskine, Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Christian Keghlian, Belmont Abbey, So., West Sayville, N.Y.
Anton Ledell, Lees-McRae, So., Stockholm, Sweden
Evan Lee, Barton, Jr., Wilson, N.C.
Sam Lynch, Belmont Abbey, Jr., Milton, Ga.
Blaine Metcalf, King, So., Morristown ,Tenn.
Joshua Mundy, Erskine, So., Aiken, S.C.
Deshawn Owens, Barton, So., Pikeville, N.C.
Jonathan Penter, Erskine, Fr., Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Peyton Shelton*, Southern Wesleyan, So., Columbus, Ind. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)
Tai Smith*, Mount Olive, Sr., Glendale, Arizona (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas)
Victor Shellhammer, North Greenville, So., Summerville, S.C.
Kevin Taylor, Chowan, Sr., Dover, Del.
* - Denotes 2018 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Runner 

About Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions for the upcoming 2019-20 athletic year are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

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