2017 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll – Preseason
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – British Columbia solidifies the preseason No. 1 rank with 17 first place votes, the national office announced on Wednesday.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
- British Columbia earned its fourth national title at the conclusion of the 2016 season, which sets it up for the No. 1 rank in the 2017 Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll.
- The Thunderbirds of British Columbia will return five athletes from the 2016 championship team and lose two key runners. The team opens up the season at Saint Martin’s (Wash.) Invitational on Sept. 23.
- There were four newcomers that made their way into the Top 25: No. 20 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 22 Southeastern (Fla.) No. 23 Marian (Ind.) and No. 25 Madonna (Mich.).
- Simon Fraser (B.C.) holds the current record for most No. 1 rankings with a total of 40.
- College of Idaho holds the longest streak of consecutive active Top 25 rankings with 67 in-a-row. The Coyotes have been ranked in each of the polls since 2009. Following College of Idaho is Carroll (Mont.) at 59-straight rankings, Northwest Christian (Ore.) at 54 and The Master’s (Calif.) at 50.
2017 NAIA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY COACHES POLL – PRESEASON
|1||1||British Columbia (17)||556|
|2||5||Oklahoma City (2)||532|
|2||4||Aquinas (Mich.) (1)||532|
|4||6||College of Idaho||505|
|6||9||Shawnee State (Ohio)||445|
|6||12||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||445|
|8||2||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||439|
|9||10||The Master’s (Calif.)||420|
|11||16||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||397|
|18||16||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||237|
|20||RV||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||208|
|21||17||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||185|
|24||24||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||125|
Dropped from the Poll: No. 3 Biola (Calif.), No. 20 Westmont (Calif.), No. 21 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 23 Benedictine (Kan.)
Others Receiving Votes: Westmont (Calif.) 94, St. Fancis (Ill.) 77, Northwest (Wash.) 68, Spring Arbor (Mich.) 41, Cornerstone (Mich.) 41, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 40, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 15, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 15, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 15, Friends (Kan.) 15, William Jessup (Calif.) 9, Blue Mountain (Miss.) 9, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 5, Saint Mary (Kan.) 5