KANSAS CITY, Mo. - British Columbia claims the No. 1 ranking in the final edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The Thunderbirds tallied 20-of-23 first place votes and 651 points after claimed both team and individual titles at the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Meet on Saturday. This is the third No. 1 ranking this season for British Columbia after spending two weeks at the top spot during the second and third edition.
The final rating comes following the competition of conference/independent/unaffiliated group meets. Team and individual qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships will be announced Monday by 5 p.m. CST. The 33rd annual event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17.
After spending the last four weeks at No. 1, Cal State San Marcos falls to No. 2 after receiving 624 points. Collecting the last three first place votes and earning 615 points was No. 3 College of Idaho. Coming in at No. 4 is Olivet Nazarene with 597 points, while No. 5 Biola (Calif.) rounds out the top five tallying 566 points.
Making the biggest improvement was Eastern Oregon as it jumped 11 spots, from No. 22 to No. 11. The Mountaineers came in second place in the Cascade Conference Championship on Saturday, finishing behind No. 3 College of Idaho. Eastern Oregon was paced by Karlee Coffey's second place finish. The next biggest mover was Concordia (Calif.) seven position jump from, No. 16. to No. 9.
No team fell out of the poll or entered the poll from the previous edition. Out of the 25 teams in the poll only seven teams held steady.
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams each. The Frontier Conference follows with three ranked teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The postseason poll will be released on Nov. 22.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) In 2011 Cal State San Marcos joined 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. 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100-or-more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 113, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001... Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser has the most No. 1 rankings with 40... State San Marcos has either been ranked No. 1 or 2 in the polls since Sept. 22, 2010... British Columbia has only been ranked No. 1 three times, all coming this season...British Columbia, Cal State San Marcos, College of Idaho, and Olivet Nazarene have been ranked in the top four all season.
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Final
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||British Columbia (20)||651|
|2||1||Cal State San Marcos||624|
|3||3||College of Idaho (3)||615|
|4||4||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||597|
|12||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||404|
|15||7||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||342|
|16||14||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||339|
|17||13||The Master’s (Calif.)||314|
|19||18||St. Francis (Ill.)||287|
|24||24||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||162|
Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier (Ill.) 105; Indiana Wesleyan 64; Doane (Neb.) 63; Concordia (Ore.) 58; Central Methodist (Mo.) 53; Shawnee State (Ohio) 29; Rogers State (Okla.) 14; Park (Mo.) 14; Xavier (La.) 13; Southern Oregon 13; Illinois Tech 8; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 6; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3.