By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — British Columbia, which has held the No. 1 position throughout the 2013 season, remains atop the rankings in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 poll, the national office announced Wednesday. With its 12th-straight selection—with 21 first-place votes and 591 total points—the Thunderbirds become just the third program in NAIA history to begin the season ranked No. 1 and then go on to win the National Championships. The Thunderbirds are also the third team to hold the No. 1 ranking for an entire season.
Prior to its current streak, British Columbia had been ranked No. 1 on just two occasions—both during the 2012 season. Six Thunderbirds earned All-America honors after helping the team to a combined 5-kilometer time of 1:30:37, with 56 total points, to best the 32-team field at the National Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23: Maria Bernard (3rd), Catharine Farish (11th), Amelie de Fenoyl (12th), Jackie Regan (19th), Micha Gutmanis (28th) and Natalia Hawthorn (29th).
College of Idaho accumulated 572 points en route to the No. 2 ranking after a runner-up finish at the Women’s Cross Country National Championships with a combined 5k time of 1:30:35 and 97 total points. Hillary Holt led the Yotes, defending her individual national title with a 5k time of 16:48, 10 seconds faster than runner-up Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist (16:58).
Biola (Calif.) compiled 553 points to hold the No. 3 spot. The Eagles, led by Carrie Soholt's 14th-place finish, placed third with 174 points and a combined team time of 1:33:36 in Lawrence, Kan.
No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), with 534 points, and No. 5 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), with 515 points, round out the top five. The teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Women’s Cross Country National Championships.
No. 23 St. Ambrose (Iowa) and No. 25 William Woods (Mo.) were the newcomers to this week’s poll. This is the first Top 25 ranking of 2013 for both programs. For St. Ambrose it is the first mention since Nov. 22, 2012. For William Woods, it is the first Top 25 nod since Nov. 6, 2006.
Indiana Wesleyan and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) fell out of the Top 25.
Within the poll, No. 17 Baker (Kan.) made the largest jump, moving up eight spots, while The Master’s (Calif.) fell seven positions, landing at No. 14.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Postseason Top 25, led by the Frontier Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference, with each boasting three ranked teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2013 Coaches' Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999) No. 1 British Columbia becomes just the third school in NAIA history to begin the season ranked No. 1 and go on to win the national championship… Former-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) accomplished this in 2004, 05, 06 and 07 and No. 8 Cal State San Marcos did so in 2011… The Thunderbirds are also the third program to have been ranked No. 1 for an entire season… Simon Fraser accomplished this in 2005, 06, and 07 and Northwest (Wash.) do so in 2003 … No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has been ranked among the Top 25 in 124 consecutive polls, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001... This is the first top five ranking for Lewis-Clark State during that streak… This season, Columbia (Mo.), Oklahoma City and Texas Wesleyan each earned its first Top 25 ranking… Former-member Simon Fraser has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40… Following Simon Fraser are former-members Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Cedarville (Ohio) with 18 each… Overall, 11 different programs have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Two teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2012: British Columbia and Cal State San Marcos… British Columbia was the only program to be ranked No. 1 in 2013.
2013 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (Nov. 27)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||British Columbia (21)||591|
|2||2||College of Idaho||572|
|4||11||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||534|
|5||8||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||515|
|8||5||Cal State San Marcos||458|
|9||9||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||439|
|12||11||St. Francis (Ill.)||382|
|13||15||Shawnee State (Ohio)||363|
|14||7||The Master's (Calif.)||344|
|23||RV||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||150|
|24||23||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||129|
|25||NR||William Woods (Mo.)||125|
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana Wesleyan 105; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 98; Southern Oregon 85; Brenau (Ga.) 46; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 35; St. Mary (Neb.) 21; Jamestown (N.D.) 20; Simpson (Calif.) 16; Brescia (Ky.) 13; Our Lady of the Lady (Texas) 10; Corban (Ore.) 8; Kansas Wesleyan 7; Central Methodist (Mo.) 7; Huntington (Ind.) 7; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 4.
^ 2013 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (Nov. 10)