2017 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

By Trevor Lininger, Athletic Communication and Sports Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – British Columbia earns the top spot in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

  • Defending National Champion British Columbia have held the No. 1 ranking for the past three polls
  • The Thunderbirds of British Columbia earned a total of 19 first place votes
  • Trinity Christian (Ill.) and St. Francis (Ill.) broke into the top 25 for the first time in 2017
  • 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 68 in-a-row. The Coyotes have been ranked in each of the polls since 2009. Following College of Idaho is Carroll (Mont.) at 60-straight rankings, Northwest Christian (Ore.) at 55 and The Master’s (Calif.) at 51

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) 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 appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”

For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

This coaches’ poll is conducted by the NAIA national office. These institutions are not necessarily members of the USTFCCCA.

NAIA
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 british-columbia BRITISH COLUMBIA
Independent (NAIA)
Laurier Primeau (3rd)
590
(19 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (20th)
568 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (2nd)
557 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (2nd)
535 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (14th)
508 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (12th)
493 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
Sooner Athletic
Brian Whitlock (14th)
461 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (10th)
433 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade
Heike McNeil (12th)
427 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 scad-atlanta-ga SCAD ATLANTA (GA.)
Appalachian
Mike Caldwell (3rd)
422 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
Great Plains
Nate Wolf (3rd)
412 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (5th)
396 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (8th)
380 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Harry Clark (5th)
328 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
Great Plains
Dave Nash (15th)
323 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (14th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (30th)
247 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 scad-savannah-ga SCAD SAVANNAH (GA.)
Sun Conference
Patrick Reagan (6th)
242 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Patrick Daugherty (2nd)
240 ▲ 6
(LW: 25)
20 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (20th)
222 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 hastings-neb HASTINGS (NEB.)
Great Plains
Ryan Mahoney (5th)
221 ▼ 8
(LW: 13)
22 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (6th)
198 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 trinity-christian-ill TRINITY CHRISTIAN (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Bob Brickman (14th)
183 NR
24 marian-ind MARIAN (IND.)
Crossroads
Mike Holman (6th)
150 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (6th)
135
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Siena Heights (Mich.) 112, Northwest (Wash.) 81, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 66, Spring Arbor (Mich.) 48, William Jessup (Calif.) 35, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 28, Texas Wesleyan 15, Cornerstone (Mich.) 15, Blue Mountain (Miss.) 14, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 7, Baker (Kan.) 7, Tennessee Wesleyan 7

Dropped Out: No. 21 Saint Xavier (Ill.), No. 24 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

2017 NAIA Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonWed 8/23
Wed 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/11
Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 9/25
Wed 9/27
Oct. 8: Pre-National
Week 3Mon 10/9
Wed 10/11
Week 4Mon 10/23
Wed 10/25
Oct. 28-30, Nov. 3-4: Conference Champs
Week 5Sun 11/5
Sun 11/5
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs
FINAL ResultsWed 11/22
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
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2017