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.
• 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|
|3||1||British Columbia (1)||482|
|7||10||College of Idaho||433|
|8||7||The Master’s (Calif.)||419|
|10||13||Shawnee State (Ohio)||380|
|12||11||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||349|
|14||14||St. Francis (Ill.)||318|
|17||15||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||263|
|23||24||Siena Heights (Mich.)||152|
|24||25||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||139|
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.