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2015 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Oct. 14)

October 14, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwest Christian (Ore.) is the No. 1 team in the fifth regular-season NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll the national office announced on Wednesday. The sixth regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 21.

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

• Northwest Christian is No. 1 after receiving all 19 first-place votes for a total of 529 points. This is the third time this season the Beacons are No. 1. This is the first time in school history Northwest Christian is No. 1 in back-to-back weeks.
• There are two newcomers to the Top 25 – No. 23 Saint Xavier (Ill.) and No. 25 Tennessee Wesleyan.
• This is the first Top 25 ranking for Saint Xavier since the 2012 preseason poll conducted on Aug. 22.
• Trinity Christian (Ill.) (formerly No. 24) and Cornerstone (formerly No. 25) were the only two teams to drop out of the Top 25.
• Doane (Neb.) highlighted the positive movement as they moved up three spots from No. 22 to No. 19.
• British Columbia had the biggest drop in the poll as it fell four spots from No. 3 to No. 7.
• Former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40.
• No. 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) makes its 140th-consecutive appearance in the Top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001.
• 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, No. 6 College of Idaho, No. 17 Southern Oregon and No. 21 Oregon Tech.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference each have three teams represented.
• There is only three teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1 – British Columbia (2013), Simon Fraser (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Northwest (Wash.) (2003).

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 1 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (19) 529
2 2 Aquinas (Mich.) 512
3 4 Biola (Calif.) 490
4 5 Taylor (Ind.) 476
5 6 Carroll (Mont.) 451
6 7 College of Idaho 441
7 3 British Columbia 417
8 8 The Master’s (Calif.) 412
9 9 Dordt (Iowa) 396
10 11 Indiana Wesleyan 388
11 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) 367
12 14 St. Francis (Ill.) 337
13 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 325
14 13 Westmont (Calif.) 318
15 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 273
16 17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 269
17 15 Southern Oregon 251
18 18 Oklahoma City 225
19 22 Doane (Neb.) 222
20 19 Milligan (Tenn.) 208
21 18 Oregon Tech 204
22 20 Concordia (Neb.) 183
23 NR Saint Xavier (Ill.) 132
24 23 Siena Heights (Mich.) 123
25 RV Tennessee Wesleyan 119
 

Dropped from the Top 25: Trinity Christian (Ill.); Cornerstone (Mich.)

Others receiving votes: Texas Wesleyan 87; Morningside (Iowa) 74; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 62; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 50; Marian (Ind.) 45; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 31; Southeastern (Fla.) 22; Hastings (Neb.) 10; Cornerstone (Mich.) 6.