KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-consecutive week Cal State San Marcos holds on to the No. 1 ranking in the fifth edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Cougars received 19-of-23 first-place votes and 650 points to earn the top spot.
Cal State San Marcos was idle this week and returns to action on Oct. 13 at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Bronco Invite. This is the eighth time in schools history the Cougars have been ranked No. 1.
Remaining at No. 2 is British Columbia with earned 624 points. College of Idaho collected the last four first-place votes and moved into a tie for third with Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), as the Coyotes and Tigers received 606 points. Rounding out the top five is No. 5 Biola (Calif.) with 570 points.
Joining the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 14, 2009 is No. 18 Doane (Neb.). The Tigers finished third in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Cross Country Invitational. Doane finished behind NCAA DI Nebraska - Omaha and No. 10 Dordt (Iowa).
Jumping five spots, from No. 14 to No. 9, is Cornerstone (Mich.). The Golden Eagles finished fourth out of 19 teams in the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships. The No. 9 ranking is the highest in school history for Cornerstone. Oklahoma Baptist was right behind Cornerstone as the Bison jumped four spots, No. 16 to No. 12.
Falling from the Top 25 is Eastern Oregon (No. 25).
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams. The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, and Great Plains Athletic Conference follow with three ranked teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The sixth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 17.
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. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100-or-more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 110, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001... Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most No. 1 rankings with 40.... 11 teams held their place in this week's poll... This is the ninth time in Cal State San Marcos history it has earned the No. 1 ranking... No. 9 is the highest Cornerstone (Mich.) has been ranked... Doane (Neb.) is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 14, 2009.
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cal State San Marcos (19)||650|
|T3||4||College of Idaho (4)||606|
|T3||3||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||606|
|7||7||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||517|
|11||11||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||434|
|13||12||The Master’s (Calif.)||418|
|15||14||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||369|
|20||22||St. Francis (Ill.)||244|
Others receiving votes: Eastern Oregon 121; Shawnee State (Ohio) 62; Indiana Wesleyan 59; Baker (Kan.) 47; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 43; Texas Wesleyan 39; Oregon Tech 32; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 18; Xavier (La.) 11; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 11; Rogers State (Okla.) 4; Central Methodist (Mo.) 3; Brenau (Ga.) 3.