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2015 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Oct. 21)

October 21, 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 sixth regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The seventh regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 28.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Northwest Christian (Ore.) is No. 1 after receiving 19 first-place votes and 560 total points.
• There are no new comers in this week’s installment.
• Oklahoma City highlighted the positive movement, as the Stars moved up two spots from No. 20 to No. 18.
• No. 6 Carroll (Mont.), No. 8 British Columbia and No. 25 Siena Heights (Mich.) each dropped one spot, which was the biggest fall in the Top 25.
• There was not much movement in the Top 25, as 18 teams are ranked in the same spot they were last week.
• Twelve of the 21 conferences are represented in the Top 25.
• Former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40. Northwest (Wash.) leads all active NAIA Schools with 17 No. 1 mentions.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four teams in the Top 25 – Northwest Christian, No. 5 College of Idaho, No. 17 Southern Oregon and No. 21 Oregon Tech.
• The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Golden State Athletic Conference each have three teams represented each.
• Only three teams have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – British Columbia (2013), former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Northwest (2003).
• No. 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) makes its 141st-consecutive appearance in the Top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001.

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. 6 (Oct. 21)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (19) 560
2 2 Aquinas (Mich.) (1) 534
3 3 Biola (Calif.) 533
4 4 Taylor (Ind.) 505
5 6 College of Idaho 481
6 5 Carroll (Mont.) 467
7 8 The Master’s (Calif.) 442
8 7 British Columbia 438
9 9 Dordt (Iowa) 413
10 10 Indiana Wesleyan 409
11 11 Shawnee State (Ohio) 385
12 12 St. Francis (Ill.) 365
13 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 340
14 14 Westmont (Calif.) 330
15 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 308
16 16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 288
17 17 Southern Oregon 265
18 20 Oklahoma City 251
19 19 Doane (Neb.) 241
20 20 Milligan (Tenn.) 209
21 21 Oregon Tech 200
22 22 Concordia (Neb.) 190
23 23 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 165
24 25 Tennessee Wesleyan 137
25 24 Siena Heights (Mich.) 130
 

Dropped from the Top 25: None

Others receiving votes: Texas Wesleyan 87; Morningside (Iowa) 78; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 66; Marian (Ind.) 47; Mount Mercy (Iowa.) 40; Our Lady of the Lake 32; Southeastern (Fla.) 19; Hastings (Neb.) 4; Corban (Ore.) 3.