2018 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Wayland Baptist (Texas) solidifies the preseason No. 1 rank with 19 first-place votes, the national office announced on Wednesday.

Taylor (Ind.) received the other first-place vote and sits second in the preseason poll.

Other teams in the top-5 include No. 3 Milligan (Tenn.) as well as No. 4 Aquinas (Mich.) and Oregon Tech, who are both tied for fourth place.

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

  • Since the team’s first appearance in the 2016 polls, Wayland Baptist started at No. 18 and made their way to their first No. 1 ranking in 2018.
  • Wayland Baptist finished second in 2017 and will return four-of-five athletes to the teams 2018 roster.
  • Simon Fraser (B.C.) holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings with 41 all time.
  • College of Idaho holds the record for the longest consecutively-ranked active school, appearing in 75-straight polls, followed by Carroll (Mont.) with 65.

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.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Preseason - August 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2017
FINAL
1 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
SAC (2)
Brian Whitlock (15th)
560
(19 fpv)
2
2 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (9th)
530
(1 fpv)
5
3 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (2)
Chris Layne (20th)
512 7
4 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
496 4
4 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (1)
Jack Kegg (8th)
496 10
6 scad-atlanta-ga SCAD ATLANTA (GA.)
AAC (1)
Mike Caldwell (4th)
483 8
7 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Matt Aguero (3rd)
453 3
8 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (3)
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
433 6
9 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
422 9
10 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (4th)
397 11
11 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (3)
Zach Schroeder (11th)
367 11
12 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (15th)
360 15
13 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (6th)
334 14
14 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (7th)
323 23
15 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier
Dylan Zitzer (4th)
269 ---
16 vanguard-calif VANGUARD (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Bryan Wilkins (31st)
242 ---
17 point-park-pa POINT PARK (PA.)
River States (1)
Kelly Parsley (4th)
230 26
18 st-ambrose-iowa ST. AMBROSE (IOWA)
Chicagoland (2)
Dan Zeimet (16th)
226 24
19 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC (5)
Dave Nash (16th)
216 ---
20 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Rod Wortley (23rd)
204 ---
21 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference (3)
Paul Kurtz (7th)
188 20
22 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (4)
Ryan Utsey (2nd)
181 17
23 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Astin Benton (6th)
160 28
24 trinity-christian-ill TRINITY CHRISTIAN (ILL.)
Chicagoland (4)
Bob Brickman (15th)
155 ---
25 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier (1)
Mike Collins (22nd)
145 22

Also Receiving Votes: Northwestern (Iowa) 142, Shawnee State (Ohio) 128, Westmont (Calif.) 127, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 49, Indiana Wesleyan 46, Southwestern (Kan.) 42, Hastings (Neb.) 31, St. Thomas (Fla.) 23, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 9, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 3

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Tue 9/18
Wed 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 10/2
Wed 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 6: Pre-National
Week 3Tue 10/9
Wed 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/23
Wed 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 5Tue 11/6
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 16: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsMon 11/5
Fri 11/16
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