KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The defending 2011 Women's Cross Country National Champion Cal State San Marcos enters the 2012 season the same as they did the previous year as the No. 1 team in the Coaches' Poll. The Cougars came away with 20 of the 21 first-place votes in the preseason poll and tallied 591 points to earn the top spot.
Third place in the 2011 Women's Cross Country National Championships, British Columbia collected 569 points which earned the Thunderbirds the No. 2 ranking. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) received one first-place vote and 550 points to start the season No. 3. A pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) representatives round out the top five with College of Idaho ranked No. 4, followed by No. 5 Northwest Christian (Ore.).
Joining the top 25 are seven teams that were not ranked in the 2011 Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll, No. 13 Southern Oregon, No. 15 Dordt (Iowa), No. 19 Trinity Christian (Ill.), No. 20 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 23 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 25 Northwest (Wash.).
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the CCC with four ranked teams. Representing the CCC are College of Idaho, Northwest Christian, Southern Oregon, Northwest. Southern Oregon made the biggest splash as they jumped from receiving votes to No. 13.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups.
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 111, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001 ... For the second-straight year Cal State San Marcos opens the poll as the top team...For the last two seasons only three teams have been ranked No. 1: Cal State San Marcos, Biola (Calif.) and former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cal State San Marcos (20)||591|
|3||6||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)||550|
|4||7||College of Idaho||537|
|5||4||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||507|
|8||11||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||445|
|12||10||The Master’s (Calif.)||383|
|14||25||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||332|
|19||RV||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||205|
|21||RV||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||184|
|22||20||Shawnee State (Ohio)||174|
|24||16||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||139|
Others receiving votes: Concordia (Calif.) 102; Taylor (Ind.) 83; Doane (Neb.) 74; Oklahoma Baptist 71; Central Methodist (Mo.) 69; St. Francis (Ill.) 57; Lee (Tenn.) 40; Cumberlands (Ky.) 32; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 26; Eastern Oregon 20; Morningside (Iowa) 18; Texas Wesleyan 13; Vanguard (Calif.) 13; Southwestern (Kan.) 10; Illinois Tech 8; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 6; Dickinson State (N.D.) 5; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 4; Ashford (Iowa) 4; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4
^ 2011 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll