KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-straight week, British Columbia tops the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Thunderbirds were idle last weekend. They tallied 21-of-22 first-place votes and 622 points. British Columbia returns to action this weekend as it runs in the Willamette (Ore.) Invitational.
No. 2-through-five remain the same from last week's edition. Cal State San Marcos comes in at No. 2 garnering 598 points. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) received the last first-place vote and collected 580 points for the No. 3 ranking. No. 4 College of Idaho earned 567 points, while No. 5 Biola (Calif.) notched 542 points to round out the top five.
After falling out of the poll last week, Indiana Wesleyan returns this week in the No. 25 position. The Wildcats did not race last weekend and run in the Griak Invitational Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn.
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) made the biggest jump in the poll moving from No. 19 to No. 15. Last week, the Battlin' Bears placed fifth in the Erik Anderson/Red Lion Challenge (Wash.). College of Idaho, No. 6 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) finished first, second and third, respectively.
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams, followed by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Cascade Collegiate Conference, Frontier Conference and Crossroads League with three teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The fourth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 3.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Cal State San Marcos joins former member 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 and Cal State San Marcos accomplished this in 2011 ... 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. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100 or more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 108, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001... Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most No. 1 rankings with 40.... British Columbia earned their first No. 1 ranking this week... 14 teams held their place in this week's poll.
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 3
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||British Columbia (21)||622|
|2||2||Cal State San Marcos||598|
|3||3||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)||580|
|4||4||College of Idaho||567|
|7||7||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||489|
|11||9||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||431|
|14||15||The Master’s (Calif.)||353|
|T15||19||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||323|
|18||18||St. Francis (Ill.)||287|
Others receiving votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 105; Concordia (Ore.) 99; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 66; Rogers State (Okla.) 62; Baker (Kan.) 42; Doane (Neb.) 27; Northwest (Wash.) 16; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 16; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 11; Xavier (La.) 11; Texas Wesleyan 6; Lee (Tenn.) 5; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 3; Emmanuel (Ga.) 3; Vanguard (Calif.) 3.