2020 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

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The NAIA National Office announced its 2020 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Top-25 Poll on Thursday morning.

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This Week's National Top Five
College of Idaho
Taylor (Ind.)
Madonna (Mich.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
1
College of Idaho
2
Taylor (Ind.)
3
Madonna (Mich.)
4
St. Francis (Ill.)
5
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
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College of Idaho, which has the longest active streak of appearances in the top-25 with 84 consecutive weeks, tops the index for the first time in program history. The Yotes hauled in eight of 19 possible first-place votes.

Taylor (Ind.) finished sixth at the 2019 NAIA Championships, but is expected to contend for the title this year. The second-ranked Trojans earned three first-place votes from the coaches.

Defending national champion Madonna (Mich.) took home the second most first-place votes of any team with seven – yet sits third to begin the season.

St. Francis (Ill.) is ranked fourth in the preseason, while Wayland Baptist (Texas) nabbed the lone remaining first-place votes despite not making the field at last year’s championships.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Preseason - October 1st

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2019
FINAL
1 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
513
(8 fpv)
2
2 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (11th)
500
(3 fpv)
6
3 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC
Patrick Daugherty (5th)
498
(7 fpv)
1
4 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (9th)
486 4
5 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
SAC
Brian Whitlock (17th)
444
(1 fpv)
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6 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (6th)
440 23
7 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Nick Johnson (3rd)
425 10
8 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (22nd)
394 8
9 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (23rd)
392 5
10 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (33rd)
384 7
11 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
369 19
12 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (5th)
364 16
13 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
291 13
13 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (24th)
291 18
15 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (13th)
272 ---
16 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (10th)
264 15
17 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (9th)
261 14
18 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC
Dave Nash (18th)
248 ---
19 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (8th)
226 ---
20 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
223 17
21 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier
Dylan Zitzer (6th)
197 25
22 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (5th)
161 ---
23 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (1st)
139 22
24 friends-kan FRIENDS (KAN.)
KCAC
Jason Parr (4th)
111 28
25 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
109 24

Also Receiving Votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 95, Eastern Oregon 84, Vanguard (Calif.) 84, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 77, Concordia (Neb.) 70, Benedictine (Kan.) 46, Montreat (N.C.) 35, Hastings (Neb.) 15, Cumberlands (Ky.) 5, Baker (Kan.) 4, Montana Tech 3

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2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/1
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 10/26
Thu 10/29
Week 2Mon 11/16
Thu 11/19
Week 3Mon 2/15
Thu 2/18
Week 4Mon 3/15
Thu 3/18
Week 5Sun 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
FINAL ResultsFri 4/9
Fri 4/9
Apr. 9, 2021: NAIA Championship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
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