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Women's Cross Country Picked Fifth In Northeast Conference Poll

The Central Connecticut State University women's cross country team was picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference Coaches' Poll, released today. CCSU is led by junior Katherine Bossardet, who led the Blue Devils to a fifth place finish at last season's NEC Championship. She received All-NEC honors for her 14th place finish at the conference meet.

Quinnipiac, after a fourth straight NEC Championship in 2008, was selected first in the pre-season poll, receiving 10 out of 12 first place votes. The three other teams that finished ahead of Central at last year's championship, Sacred Heart, Monmouth and St. Francis (PA), come in ahead of the Blue Devils in the poll, taking the second, third and fourth spots. Directly behind CCSU are Robert Morris and Wagner in a tie for sixth, followed by Mount St. Mary's, which received the final first place nod. Bryant, Long Island, St. Francis (NY) and Fairleigh Dickinson round out the league, taking the nine through 12 spots.

2009 NEC Women's Cross Country Coaches' Poll Release

Head Coach Brenda Webb enters her fourth year at the helm of the CCSU squad and will attempt to lead the Blue Devils to the first NEC Championship since back to back titles in 1998 and 1999. Along with Bossardet, Webb returns top performers Alyssa Cole and Nicole Coiteux. Cole, a senior, finished 22nd at the NEC Championships a year ago, while Coiteux, a sophomore, was 23rd in her first season as a Blue Devil.

Central will begin the season at the Bryant Invitational on Friday September 4.