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Lady Mustangs Climb to No. 12

October 03, 2012

By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second time this season, British Columbia and Cal State San Marcos have swapped positions as Cal State San Marcos becomes the No. 1 in the fourth edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. Cal State San Marcos received 16-of-20 first place votes and 586 points to earn the top spot.

Kelly Thompson led the Cougars to a first place finish in the Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Invitational last weekend. It was Thompson's first individual victory at the collegiate level.

Falling back one spot to No. 2 is British Columbia, who spent the last two weeks at No. 1. The Thunderbirds garnered 565 points. Receiving one first-place vote and earning 550 points was No. 3 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). Collecting the last four first-place votes was College of Idaho. The Yotes received 548 points to notch the No. 4 ranking, while Biola (Calif.) collected 515 points to round out the top five.

After rejoining the Top 25 last week, Indiana Wesleyan (No. 25) is on the outside looking in as it fell out of the poll.

Eastern Oregon joins the poll this week after previously being unranked. The Mountaineers garner the No. 25 ranking after finishing fifth in the Charles Bowles Willamette (Ore.) Invitational. Eastern Oregon finished behind then-No. 1 British Columbia, No. 7 Northwest Christian (Ore.) and No. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

Jumping eight spots to No. 16 is Oklahoma Baptist. The Lady Bison finished second out of 24 teams in the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree last weekend. Leading the way was Hannah Helker, who won her second race of the season in as many races.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference with four ranked teams each, followed by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Frontier Conference with three teams each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The fifth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 10.

2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 4

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Cal State San Marcos (16)

586

2

1

British Columbia

565

3

3

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)

550

4

4

College of Idaho (4)

548

5

5

Biola (Calif.)

515

6

6

Carroll (Mont.)

493

7

7

Northwest Christian (Ore.)

471

8

8

Westmont (Calif.)

458

9

9

Aquinas (Mich.)

436

10

10

Concordia (Calif.)

419

11

11

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

400

12

14

The Master’s (Calif.)

377

13

13

Dordt (Iowa)

345

T14

T15

Cornerstone (Mich.)

328

T14

T15

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

328

16

18

Oklahoma Baptist

294

17

23

Illinois Tech

270

18

17

Milligan (Tenn.)

253

T19

12

Southern Oregon

242

T19

19

Concordia (Neb.)

242

21

20

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

237

22

18

St. Francis (Ill.)

228

23

21

Taylor (Ind.)

186

24

22

Huntington (Ind.)

153

25

NR

Eastern Oregon

123