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.

USTFCCCA NAIA
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Preseason - August 29th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2017
FINAL
1 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
Sooner Athletic
Brian Whitlock (15th)
560
(19 fpv)
2
2 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (9th)
530
(1 fpv)
5
3 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (20th)
512 7
4 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
496 4
4 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (8th)
496 10
6 scad-atlanta-ga SCAD ATLANTA (GA.)
Appalachian
Mike Caldwell (4th)
483 8
7 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (3rd)
453 3
8 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
433 6
9 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
422 9
10 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
Great Plains
Nate Wolf (4th)
397 11
11 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (11th)
367 11
12 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (15th)
360 15
13 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (6th)
334 14
14 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (7th)
323 23
15 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier
Dylan Zitzer (4th)
269 ---
16 vanguard-calif VANGUARD (CALIF.)
Golden State
Bryan Wilkins (31st)
242 ---
17 point-park-pa POINT PARK (PA.)
River States
Kelly Parsley (4th)
230 26
18 st-ambrose-iowa ST. AMBROSE (IOWA)
Chicagoland
Dan Zeimet (16th)
226 24
19 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
Great Plains
Dave Nash (16th)
216 ---
20 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Rod Wortley (23rd)
204 ---
21 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (7th)
188 20
22 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Ryan Utsey (2nd)
181 17
23 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Astin Benton (6th)
160 28
24 trinity-christian-ill TRINITY CHRISTIAN (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Bob Brickman (15th)
155 ---
25 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
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

USTFCCCA NAIA Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Tue 9/18
Wed 9/19
Week 2Tue 10/2
Wed 10/3
Oct. 6: Pre-National
Week 3Tue 10/9
Wed 10/10
Week 4Tue 10/23
Wed 10/24
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 5Tue 11/6
Wed 11/7
Nov. 17: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsSat 11/17
Sun 11/18
Week-by-Week Ranking Charts

>> CONFERENCE POLLS
MEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years
WOMEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years

>> NATIONAL COACHES' POLL
MEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years
WOMEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years