GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)–The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released the results of its men’s outdoor track and field preseason coaches’ poll Friday and Geneva College was picked by the league’s nine head coaches to claim its third-straight conference title in April. The PAC released its preseason coaches’ poll results in conjunction with its annual athletes to watch list.
Geneva, led by fifth-year head coach Phil Thompson, claimed the top spot in the preseason coaches’ poll after totaling eight first-place votes and 79 points. The Golden Tornadoes won their second-straight PAC indoor title Feb. 21 at Youngstown State University’s Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS), scoring 155 points at the 16-event championship.
Washington & Jefferson College, led by first-year head coach Derek Workman, finished second in this year’s preseason poll, collecting the final first-place vote and 69 points. W&J was the runner-up at the indoor championships with 113.50 points.
Grove City College was third (65) and was followed by Westminster College (54), Waynesburg University (45), Saint Vincent College (30), Bethany College (29), Thiel College (21) and Chatham University (13).
The athlete’s to watch list includes five returning outdoor champions and is headlined by Geneva senior Josh Duffie (Canton, Ohio | Glenoak), W&J senior Jarrod Webb (Alliance, Ohio | Marlington) and Westminster senior Jaevon Hardy (Waldorf, Md. | North Point).
At last month’s PAC indoor championships, Duffie ran to the individual title in the 3,000 (8:43.58), finished as the runner-up in the 5,000 (16:04.91) and the mile (4:26.29) and anchored the Golden Tornadoes’ second-place distance medley relay (11:06.46) to secure the PAC’s Most Outstanding Performer award after being named the league’s Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Webb earned the PAC Most Outstanding Field Performer award at the indoor championships. He claimed titles in the shot put (49-03.50, 15.02m) and weight throw (49-11.75, 15.23m), establishing new PAC Championships records in both events.
Hardy ran to a pair of individual titles at the PAC indoor championships, winning the 60 (6.77) and the 200 (21.92). Both times set new school and PAC Championships records. Hardy’s title in the 60 was his third, while his victory in the 200 was his second. A two-time NCAA Division III Indoor Championships qualifier, he finished 18th (6.934) in the 60 on March 8.
The PAC outdoor championships are scheduled for Thursday-Friday, April 25-26. Grove City will serve as this year’s host.