KANSAS CITY, Mo. - British Columbia won its first national championships on Nov. 17 and sits atop the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Thunderbirds collected all 17 first-place votes and 467 points to earn the top spot.
The Thunderbirds recorded 98 team points and had four of its five runners finish in the top 20. They were paced by Maria Bernard and Jackie Regan, who took fifth and sixth place, respectively. Bernard crossed the 5K finish line in 17:42 and Regan was eight seconds behind her at 17:50. Sarah Reimer's 18:25 mark earned her a 17-place finish, followed by Amelie De Fenoyl in 18th (18:27). Rhiannon Evans finished 52nd with a time of 19:12. Rhianna Evans rounded out the scorers for British Columbia with a 52nd-place finish.
Coming in at No. 2 with 452 points is College of Idaho, who was the runner-up at the national championships. Junior Hillary Holt led the Lady Yotes as she claimed the women's individual championship. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) comes in at No. 3 notching 437 points. Falling two spots to No. 4 is Cal State San Marcos collecting 422 points, while No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) rounds out the top five tallying 407 points.
Making the biggest improvements is Aquinas (Mich.) and St. Francis (Ill.) as both jumped seven spots. The Saints finished 7th at the National Championship, while the Fighting Saints finished 12th.
Falling from the Top 25 are Concordia (Neb.) (No. 21), Taylor (Ind.) (23), SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (No. 24) and Northwest (Wash.) (No. 25).
Fourteen 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.
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... 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 114, 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 four 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...The No. 4 ranking for Cal State San Marcos is the lowest it has been ranked since Sept. 22, 2010 when the Cougars were unranked.
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||British Columbia (17)||467|
|2||3||College of Idaho||452|
|3||4||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||437|
|4||2||Cal State San Marcos||422|
|8||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||362|
|12||19||St. Francis (Ill.)||301|
|14||15||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||269|
|21||16||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||145|
|22||RV||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||141|
|24||RV||Shawnee State (Ohio)||103|
|25||NR||The Master’s (Calif.)||77|
Others receiving votes: Concordia (Neb.) 70; Texas Wesleyan 66; Central Methodist (Mo.) 56; Northwest (Wash.) 38; Taylor (Ind.) 34; Friends (Kan.) 34; Brescia (Ky.) 26; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 21; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 16; Lee (Tenn.) 16; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 15; Haskell (Kan.) 11; Rogers State (Okla.) 8; Jamestown (N.D.) 6; Southern Oregon 4.