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NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll

August 22, 2012

Article by Travis Rae Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The defending 2011 Women's Cross Country National Champion Cal State San  Marcos enters the 2012 season the same as they did the previous year as the No. 1 team in the Coaches' Poll. The Cougars came away with 20 of the 21 first-place votes in the preseason poll and tallied 591 points to earn the top spot.

Third place in the 2011 Women's Cross Country National Championships, British Columbia collected 569 points which earned the Thunderbirds the No. 2 ranking. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) received one first-place vote and 550 points to start the season No. 3. A pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) representatives round out the top five with College of Idaho ranked No. 4, followed by No. 5 Northwest Christian (Ore.).

Joining the top 25 are seven teams that were not ranked in the 2011 Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll, No. 13 Southern Oregon, No. 15 Dordt (Iowa), No. 19 Trinity Christian (Ill.), No. 20 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 23 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 25 Northwest (Wash.).

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the CCC with four ranked teams. Representing the CCC are College of Idaho, Northwest Christian, Southern Oregon, Northwest. Southern Oregon made the biggest splash as they jumped from receiving votes to No. 13.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups.

2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Cal State San Marcos (20)

591

2

3

British Columbia

569

3

6

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)

550

4

7

College of Idaho

537

5

4

Northwest Christian (Ore.)

507

6

13

Carroll (Mont.)

495

7

12

Biola (Calif.)

485

8

11

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

445

9

14

Westmont (Calif.)

424

10

17

Concordia (Neb.)

393

11

15

Milligan (Tenn.)

387

12

10

The Master’s (Calif.)

383

13

RV

Southern Oregon

343

14

25

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

332

15

RV

Dordt (Iowa)

321

16

22

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

306

17

21

Aquinas (Mich.)

289

18

19

Indiana Wesleyan

230

19

RV

Trinity Christian (Ill.)

205

20

NR

Cornerstone (Mich.)

190

21

RV

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

184

22

20

Shawnee State (Ohio)

174

23

RV

Huntington (Ind.)

159

24

16

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

139

25

NR

Northwest (Wash.)

128