-- The Great West Conference cross country coaches have selected Utah Valley as the favorite to again win both the men's and the women's GWC cross country titles, the conference office announced Wednesday.
The Wolverines were chosen by the coaches to defend both the men's and women's GWC titles in 2012. Utah Valley won both championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and also won the women's title in 2008, the first year of GWC cross country competition. Texas-Pan American won the inaugural men's championship.
Utah Valley received all five first-place votes on the men's side for a total of 25 points, while the Wolverines tallied the possible six first-place votes in the women's polling for a total of 36 points.
In the men's balloting, Houston Baptist, NJIT and Texas-Pan American each recorded 15 points for a tie for second place. Chicago State finished in fifth place in the poll with five points.
Texas-Pan American came in second in the women's polling with 27 points, followed closely by Houston Baptist in third with 25 points. GWC cross country newcomer CSU Bakersfield finished fourth in the poll with 16 points, while NJIT was close behind with 14 points in fifth place. Chicago State rounded out the women's poll with eight points.
The 2012 GWC men's and women's champions will be crowned at the conference championships, hosted by Chicago State, on Saturday, October 27, at Montrose Harbor in Chicago.