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2015 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 4 (Oct. 7)

October 07, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwest Christian (Ore.) is the new No. 1 ranked team in the fourth-regular season edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The fifth regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 14.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

• Northwest Christian (Ore.) is No. 1 for the first time since the preseason poll on Aug. 26. The Beacons received 18 of the 19 possible first-place votes, for a total of 529 points. Aquinas (Mich.) is No. 2 with 491 points.
• The final first-place vote went to No. 3 British Columbia. The Thunderbirds were ranked No. 1 in the past three regular-season polls.
• No. 5 Taylor (Ind.) enters the top 5 for the first time since Oct. 22, 2014, when they were ranked No. 4.
• No. 25 Cornerstone (Mich.) is the only newcomer into the Top 25 poll this week. The Golden Eagles appear in the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 8, 2014.
• Tennessee Wesleyan, previously ranked No. 23, was the only team to drop out of the poll.
• No. 7 College of Idaho and No. 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) highlight the positive movement within the Top 25, as both teams moved up three spots.
• No. 6 Carroll (Mont.) was the biggest negative movement as the Fighting Saints dropped three spots.
• Former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40.
• No. 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) makes its 139-consecutive appearance in the Top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA.
• Twelve of the 21 conferences are represented in the top 25.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented in the Top 25 – Northwest Christian, College of Idaho, No. 15 Southern Oregon and No. 18 Oregon Tech. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference each have three teams represented.
• British Columbia (2013), Simon Fraser (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Northwest (Wash.) (2003) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.

Poll Methodology

• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Oct. 7)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 2 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (18) 529
2 4 Aquinas (Mich.) 491
3 1 British Columbia (1) 482
4 5 Biola (Calif.) 472
5 6 Taylor (Ind.) 465
6 3 Carroll (Mont.) 447
7 10 College of Idaho 433
8 7 The Master’s (Calif.) 419
9 8 Dordt (Iowa) 395
10 13 Shawnee State (Ohio) 380
11 9 Indiana Wesleyan 356
12 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 349
13 12 Westmont (Calif.) 324
14 14 St. Francis (Ill.) 318
15 16 Southern Oregon 286
16 17 Benedictine (Kan.) 265
17 15 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 263
18 20 Oregon Tech 230
19 18 Milligan (Tenn.) 227
20 19 Concordia (Neb.) 212
21 20 Oklahoma City 184
22 22 Doane (Neb.) 166
23 24 Siena Heights (Mich.) 152
24 25 Trinity Christian (Ill.) 139
25 RV Cornerstone (Mich.) 101
 

Dropped from the top 25: Tennessee Wesleyan

Others receiving votes: Texas Wesleyan 84; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 75; Morningside (Iowa) 70; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 66; Tennessee Wesleyan 43; Corban (Ore.) 10; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 9; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 5; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3; Madonna (Mich.) 3.