The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's cross country team won its third-straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship last fall and has established an expectation of winning having tallied now 10-consecutive conference titles between cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field.

However, the UMAC coaches predict the streak could end there as St. Scholastica edged UWS by one point in the 2019 Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Saints topped the poll with 60 points, but just four first-place votes, while the reigning champion Yellowjackets raked in 59 points with five first-place tallies. Minnesota Morris grabbed third with 49 points and Martin Luther was fourth with 46 points.

Last season, the Yellowjackets recorded a 28-point victory over the Saints by scoring five runners in the top 10 finishers overall. The Saints jumped back into second in the team standings after finishing third in 2017, and they could make a push to dethrone the Yellowjackets with the return of several key runners at the top of the lineup.

The Yellowjackets will have a younger squad this fall, but seniors Eddie Carlson and Henry Seeb bring back veteran leadership and experience.

Carlson was a first-team all-UMAC finisher placing seventh, while Seeb was 15th with a second-team performance. Junior Travis Gee will also look to make his way into the top of the team's order after a top-35 finish in 2018.

Head coach Glen Drexler led the Yellowjackets to their third-consecutive UMAC cross country crown in 2018 and picked up a third coach of the year honor.



2019 UMAC Men's Cross Country

Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. St. Scholastica (4).................................60
2. UW-Superior (5)....................................59
3. Minn. Morris………………………………49
4. Martin Luther……………………………..46
5. Bethany Lutheran………………………..35
6. Northwestern……………………………..29
7. North Central……………………………..18
8. Northland…………………………………..17
9. Crown……………………………………….11

Women’s CC

UWS has been consistently among the top programs since joining the UMAC in the fall of 2015 and should be no exception this fall.

The Yellowjackets will rely on seniors Anna Kalin and Mathea Brink., who are expected to lead the charge as both were top-seven finishers at the conference championship last season.



2019 UMAC Women's Cross Country

Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. St. Scholastica (8).................................64
2. Minn. Morris (1).....................................56
3. UW-Superior…………………………….49
4. Martin Luther…………………………….42
5. Bethany Lutheran…………………………38
6. Crown………………………………………26
7. Northwestern………………………………24
8. Northland……………………………………15
9. North Central………………………………..10



Women’s soccer

UWS has been picked to finish third in the UMAC Conference, according to the preseason coaches poll.

The Yellowjackets, who are coming off an 8-11-3 overall record and trip to the 2018 UMAC championship game, received 48 points in the poll. St. Scholastica (63 points, seven first-place votes) and Northwestern (58 points, two first-place votes) were picked ahead of UWS.

The third-place prediction is the highest preseason poll finish for UWS since joining the UMAC in 2015.

The Yellowjackets return 54 percent of their scoring from a team that scored 22 times in 2018. In all, UWS returns 12 players with previous playing experience and welcomes 10 newcomers.

Leading the way will be all-UMAC first-team selection goalkeeper Madison Gutekunst (Mound, Minn.) and second-team pick Annah Schussman (Bemidji, Minn.) up front.

Gutekunst was second in UMAC in save percentage (.871), third in goals-against average (1.285) and third in saves per game (7.89) as a freshman. Schussman led the team with seven assists and 17 points on the season.

The Yellowjackets’ regular season began Friday, Aug. 30, at Austin in Sherman, Texas. UWS also played Howard Payne at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Irving, Texas.

UWS is at UW-River Falls at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.



2019 UMAC Women’s Soccer

Preseason Coaches Poll

1. St. Scholastica (7).........................................63
2. Northwestern (2)...........................................58
3. UW-Superior…………………………………...48
4. Minn. Morris…………………………………….41
5. Northland………………………………………..38
T6. Bethany Lutheran…………………………….25
T6. Martin Luther………………………………….25
8. North Central……………………………………15
9. Crown……………………………………………10