By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – British Columbia is the No. 1 ranked team in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The third regular-season poll will be released on Sept. 30.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• British Columbia is No. 1 for the second-straight week. The Thunderbirds received 17-of-20 possible first-place votes for a total of 555 points. Northwest Christian (Ore.) is No. 2 with 542 points.
• The top 5 did not change from last week’s poll – British Columbia, Northwest Christian, No. 3 Carroll (Mont.), No. 4 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 5 Dordt (Iowa).
• Northwest Christian received two first place votes. No. 6 Biola (Calif.) received one first-place vote.
• College of Idaho made the biggest climb within the Top 25, jumping up three spots from No. 13 to No. 10
• There are no new teams in the Top 25.
• No teams dropped from last week’s poll.
• British Columbia makes its 23 all-time appearance in the No. 1 spot.
• Twelve of the 21 conferences are represented in the top 25. The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four ranked teams in the Top 25 – Northwest Christian, College of Idaho, No. 16 Southern Oregon and No. 18 Oregon Tech.
• No. 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) makes its 137-consecutive appearance in the top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA.
• Former-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) had the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40.
• 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. 2 (Sept. 23)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||British Columbia (17)||555|
|2||2||Northwest Christian (Ore.) (2)||542|
|6||6||Biola (Calif.) (1)||473|
|8||9||The Master's (Calif.)||438|
|T10||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||384|
|T10||13||College of Idaho||384|
|13||12||Shawnee State (Ohio)||346|
|14||14||St. Francis (Ill.)||338|
|15||15||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||314|
|T23||25||Siena Heights (Mich.)||145|
|25||22||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||113|
Dropped from the Top 25: None
Others receiving votes: Trinity Christian (Ill.) 110; Hastings (Neb.) 27; Texas Wesleyan 46; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 33; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 24; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 22; Cornerstone (Mich.) 22; Great Falls (Mont.) 20; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 6; Grace (Ind.) 5; Friends (Kan.) 3; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3.
^Based off Coaches’ Poll from Sept. 16, 2015