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2015 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3

September 30, 2015
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
British Columbia is the No. 1 ranked team in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The fourth regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 7.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• British Columbia is No. 1 for the third-straight week. The Thunderbirds received 17-of-20 possible first-place votes for a total of 554 points dropping just one point from last week’s poll. Northwest Christian (Ore.) is No. 2 again with 543 points.
• No. 25 Trinity Christian (Ill.) moved into the Top 25 for the first time in since Aug. 22, 2012 (No.19).
• No. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has the most consecutive weeks in the Top 25 poll with 94 weeks dating back to Sept. 2001.
• Seven teams have managed to stay in the top 10 throughout the season including: No. 1 Biola (Calif.).
• Only one team dropped out of the Top 25 this week, No. 32 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (No. 25.).
• British Columbia makes its 24th all-time appearance in the No. 1 spot.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference has the most schools appearing in the Top 25 Poll: No. 10 College of Idaho, No. 2 Northwest Christian (Ore.), No. 20 Oregon Tech and No. 16 Southern Oregon.
• Concordia (Neb.) jumped two spots in the Top 25 starting at No. 20 and reaching No. 18.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Sept. 30)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 British Columbia (17) 554
2 2 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (2) 543
3 3 Carroll (Mont.) 525
4 4 Aquinas (Mich.) 506
5 6 Biola (Calif.) (1) 489
6 7 Taylor (Ind.) 463
7 8 The Master’s (Calif.) 436
8 5 Dordt (Iowa) 435
9 9 Indiana Wesleyan 421
10 10 College of Idaho 400
11 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 387
12 12 Westmont (Calif.) 353
13 13 Shawnee State (Ohio) 340
14 14 St. Francis (Ill.) 337
15 15 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 311
16 16 Southern Oregon 292
17 17 Benedictine (Kan.) 278
18 19 Milligan (Tenn.) 244
19 21 Concordia (Neb.) 231
20 18 Oregon Tech 206
21 20 Oklahoma City 185
22 22 Doane (Neb.) 183
23 23 Tennessee Wesleyan 154
24 23 Siena Heights (Mich.) 153
25 RV Trinity Christian (Ill.) 109
 

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa)

Others receiving votes: Cornerstone (Mich.) 102; Morningside (Iowa) 91; Texas Wesleyan 66; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 47; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 29; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 19; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 18; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 18; Hastings (Neb.) 8; Grace (Ind.) 4; Friends (Kan.) 4; Great Falls (Mont.) 3.

^Based off Coaches’ Poll from Sept. 23, 2015