British Columbia remains top of NAIA Women’s Cross Country ranking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NAIA) — British Columbia remains atop the rankings in the second regular-season NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
British Columbia’s selection—with 23 first place votes and 653 total points—gives the defending national champion Thunderbirds five-straight No. 1 rankings for the first time in school history.
British Columbia, which returns four of its top five runners, has been idle since placing first in the Sundodger Invitational open division on Sept. 14, with a team 6k time of 1:48:41. The Thunderbirds bested the 17-team field, which included NCAA Division II teams Simon Fraser (B.C.) and Chico State (Calif.).
College of Idaho accumulated 629 total points en route to the No. 2 ranking. The Yotes, who return three runners that placed in the top 10 at the 2012 national championship including individual titlist Hillary Holt, finished first at the Coyote Twilight/Cascade Collegiate Conference Preview Meet with a team 5k time of 1:35:53.
Cal State San Marcos compiled 613 total points to claim the No. 3 spot. The Cougars won the open division of the Mustang Challenge, hosted by The Master’s (Calif.) on Sept. 21, with a team 5k time of 1:31:34. The five scoring Cal State San Marcos runners finished among the top 10, securing the Cougars’ victory over a 17-team field.
No. 4 St. Francis (Ill.), with 582 points, and No. 5 Biola (Calif.), with 577 points, round out the top five. St. Francis was idle during this ratings period and Biola placed second at the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State on Sept. 21. The Eagles were bested by NCAA Division I Arkansas, but outpaced other NCAA Division I teams including Southern California and San Diego State (Calif.).
No. 21 Columbia (Mo.) was the lone newcomer to the Top 25. This is the first ranking for the Cougars, dating back to 1999. Indiana Wesleyan was the only team to drop out of the Top 25 this week.
Within the poll, No. 17 Doane (Neb.) made the largest jump, moving up five spots, while former No. 20 Southern Oregon fell five positions, landing at No. 25.
Thirteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the second regular-season Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, which each boast three ranked teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2013 Coaches' Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)
British Columbia (23)
College of Idaho
Cal State San Marcos
St. Francis (Ill.)
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
The Master's (Calif.)
Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Shawnee State (Ohio)
Others Receiving Votes: Baker (Kan.) 131; Indiana Wesleyan 117;St. Ambrose (Iowa) 87; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 49; Central Methodist (Mo.) 30; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 21; Cumberlands (Ky.) 16; Arizona Christian 14; Emmanuel (Ga.) 5; Oklahoma City 5; Judson (Ill.) 3; Corban (Ore.) 3.
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