The Master's College

Lady Mustangs Ranked #17, Denied At-Large Bid to Nationals

November 05, 2012
By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
TMC Sports Information Office contributed information to this article

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - British Columbia claims the No. 1 ranking in the final edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The Thunderbirds tallied 20-of-23 first place votes and 651 points after claimed both team and individual titles at the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Meet on Saturday. This is the third No. 1 ranking this season for British Columbia after spending two weeks at the top spot during the second and third edition.

The Master's College Lady Mustangs were not selected as a Team to compete in the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships The 33rd annual event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17.

After spending the last four weeks at No. 1, Cal State San Marcos falls to No. 2 after receiving 624 points. Collecting the last three first place votes and earning 615 points was No. 3 College of Idaho. Coming in at No. 4 is Olivet Nazarene with 597 points, while No. 5 Biola (Calif.) rounds out the top five tallying 566 points.

Making the biggest improvement was Eastern Oregon as it jumped 11 spots, from No. 22 to No. 11. The Mountaineers came in second place in the Cascade Conference Championship on Saturday, finishing behind No. 3 College of Idaho. Eastern Oregon was paced by Karlee Coffey's second place finish. The next biggest mover was Concordia (Calif.) seven position jump from, No. 16. to No. 9.

No team fell out of the poll or entered the poll from the previous edition. Out of the 25 teams in the poll only seven teams held steady.

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

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The postseason poll will be released on Nov. 22.

2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Final

1 2 British Columbia (20) 651
2 1 Cal State San Marcos 624
3 3 College of Idaho (3) 615
4 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 597
5 5 Biola (Calif.) 566
6 6 Carroll (Mont.) 552
7 9 Cornerstone (Mich.) 490
8 10 Oklahoma Baptist 489
9 16 Concordia (Calif.) 482
10 11 Dordt (Iowa) 481
11 22 Eastern Oregon 423
12 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 404
13 8 Westmont (Calif.) 397
14 21 Aquinas (Mich.) 355
15 7 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 342
16 14 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 339
17 13 The Master’s (Calif.) 314
18 15 Huntington (Ind.) 313
19 17 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 287
19 18 St. Francis (Ill.) 287
21 20 Concordia (Neb.) 264
22 19 Milligan (Tenn.) 213
23 23 Taylor (Ind.) 172
24 24 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 162
25 24 Northwest (Wash.) 152

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) In 2011 Cal State San Marcos joined former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) as the only teams to start the season ranked No. 1 and go on to win the national championship ... Simon Fraser accomplished this in 2004, 05, 06 and 07 and Cal State San Marcos accomplished this in 2011 ... There have been four seasons in which a squad held the No. 1-ranking for an entire season: 2007 - Simon Fraser, 2006 - Simon Fraser, 2005 - Simon Fraser and 2003 - Northwest (Wash.) ... No. 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100-or-more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 113, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001... Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser has the most No. 1 rankings with 40... State San Marcos has either been ranked No. 1 or 2 in the polls since Sept. 22, 2010... British Columbia has only been ranked No. 1 three times, all coming this season...British Columbia, Cal State San Marcos, College of Idaho, and Olivet Nazarene have been ranked in the top four all season.