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Women's Cross Country Remains Top Competitor

September 12, 2012

Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern, and TMC Sports Information Staff contributed content to this article

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cal State San Marcos held its No. 1 ranking in the first edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Cougars received all 21 first-place votes for 591 points to earn the No. 1 spot. This is the third consecutive poll the Cougars have held the No. 1 ranking dating back to the 2011 final poll.

British Columbia collected 572 points which earned the Thunderbirds the No. 2 ranking. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) tallied 549 points to earn the No. 3 position. College of Idaho comes in at No. 4 with tallied 530 points. Rounding out the top 5 are Carroll (Mont.) and Biola (Calif.) as they both collected 505 points.

Joining the Top 25 are five teams that were not ranked in the preseason poll: No. 10 Concordia (Calif.), No. 18 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 22 Taylor (Ind.), No. 23 Illinois Tech and No. 24 Cumberlands (Ky.).

Five programs, Spring Arbor (Mich.) (No. 14), Trinity Christian (Ill.) (No. 19), Shawnee State (Ohio) (No. 22), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (No. 24) and Northwest (Wash.) (No. 25) fell out of the poll this week.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four ranked teams. Representing the GSAC are Biola, Concordia, No. 13 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 16 The Master's (Calif.). Concordia made the biggest jump in the polls from receiving votes to No. 10.

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 Poll - No. 1

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Cal State San Marcos (21)

591

2

2

British Columbia

572

3

3

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

549

4

4

College of Idaho

530

5

6

Carroll (Mont.)

505

5

7

Biola (Calif.)

505

7

5

Northwest Christian (Ore.)

471

8

8

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

436

9

10

Concordia (Neb.)

427

10

RV

Concordia (Calif.)

399

11

11

Milligan (Tenn.)

385

12

13

Southern Oregon

367

13

9

Westmont (Calif.)

352

14

17

Aquinas (Mich.)

347

15

15

Dordt (Iowa)

325

16

12

The Master’s (Calif.)

292

17

20

Cornerstone (Mich.)

269

18

RV

St. Francis (Ill.)

267

19

16

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

264

20

21

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

262

21

23

Huntington (Ind.)

255

22

RV

Taylor (Ind.)

210

23

RV

Illinois Tech

123

24

RV

Cumberlands (Ky.)

113

25

18

Indiana Wesleyan

106

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Cal State San Marcos joins 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 ... 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. 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100 or more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 112, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001 ... With this No. 1 ranking, Cal State San Marcos is tied for sixth with seven total No. 1 rankings... Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most No. 1 rankings with 40... This is the third consecutive poll Cal State San Marcos has been ranked No. 1.