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2016 NAIA Women's Cross Country Top 25 Coaches' Poll - No. 4

October 26, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Beacons of Northwest Christian (Ore.) have once again garnered all first-place votes to maintain their position in the No. 1 spot during the latest NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The final edition will be released by 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Nov. 6. The NAIA Cross Country National Championship qualifiers will be released by 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 7.

Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• For the fifth-straight poll this season, Northwest Christian (Ore.) is the No. 1 program in the NAIA. With 21 first-place votes and 591 total points, the Beacons remain in their ranking.
• Northwest Christian continues its dominance, having been ranked now 31-straight polls in the top 10, with the last time it fell out being Sept. 18, 2013 (No. 11). 
• No. 5 Oklahoma City is the lone newcomer to the top five, as The Master’s (Calif.) slid one spot to No. 6. The rest of the top five remains the same.
• No. 16 St. Francis (Ill.) bounced up eight spots to highlight the positive movement in the ratings. This is the highest St. Francis has been spotted this season. SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) moved forward four spots to No. 9, while No. 12 Southern Oregon and No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.) both crawled up three spots from previous rankings.
• Eight programs were pushed back this edition, but still maintain places within the poll. Only two teams dropped out of the Top 25, with (RV) Hastings (Neb.) and (RV) Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) getting pushed out.  
• The two newcomers to the rankings are No. 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 24 Southeastern (Fla.). Wayland Baptist finds itself being ranked for the first time since the 2014 season. Southeastern is making its first appearance on the Top 25 Poll in program history.  
• Twelve of the 21 conference/Association of Independent Institutions are represented, with no new conferences showing representation in this week’s poll.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference once again brings four programs to the poll, led by No. 1 Northwest Christian. The Golden State Athletic Conference is represented by three teams, and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Sooner Athletic Conference, Appalachian Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, Crossroads League and Great Plains Athletic Conference each show two squads.    
• Former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40. Northwest (Wash.) leads all active NAIA schools with 18 No. 1 mentions. 
• Only three teams have previously gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – British Columbia (2013), Simon Fraser (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Northwest (2003).
• No. 13 Lewis-Clark State makes its 149th-consecutive appearance in the Top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA dating back to Sept. 21, 2001.
• For the complete poll schedule, click here

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”
• The frequency of polls occur bi-weekly for the 2016 season.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Oct. 25)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (19) 591
2 2 Biola (Calif.)  572
3 3 British Columbia 549
4 4 Aquinas (Mich.) 522
5 6 Oklahoma City 516
6 5 The Master's (Calif.) 495
7 9 College of Idaho 474
8 8 Milligan (Tenn.) 468
9 13 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 423
10 11 Shawnee State (Ohio) 404
11 7 Oregon Tech 398
12 15 Southern Oregon 382
13 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 375
14 12 Taylor (Ind.) 357
15 14 Westmont (Calif.) 303
16 24 St. Francis (Ill.) 289
17 17 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 276
18 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 274
19 21 Dordt (Iowa) 268
20 16 Morningside (Iowa) 225
21 20 Indiana Tech 213
22 25 Benedictine (Kan.) 190
23 23 Indiana Wesleyan 165
24 NR Southeastern (Fla.) 130
25 19 Carroll (Mont.) 129

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 17 Hastings (Neb.); No. 21 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Others receiving votes: Hastings (Neb.) 111; Madonna (Mich.) 91; Dalton State (Ga.) 70; Siena Heights (Mich.) 50; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 37; Tennessee Wesleyan 29; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 17; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 15; William Jessup (Calif.) 13; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 8; Friends (Kan.) 6; Doane (Neb.) 5

Championship Information

Sports Rules - Cross Country (W)