2020 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

Nothing stayed the same in the newest NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the NAIA National Office on Thursday.

Each and every team moved spots between the preseason and Week 1.

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This Week's National Top Five
Taylor (Ind.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Dordt (Iowa)
Milligan (Tenn.)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
St. Francis (Ill.)
3
Huntington (Ind.)
4
Dordt (Iowa)
5
Milligan (Tenn.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Taylor (Ind.) is the new No. 1 team in the nation after romping to a 33-point victory at the Midwest XC Challenge this past weekend. Two Trojans finished in the top-5 – Sarah Harden (second) and Olivia Schroeder (fifth) – and four others ended up in the top-25.

St. Francis (Ill.) jumped two spots from No. 4 to No. 2 following a runner-up finish at the Midwest XC Challenge. The Saints were the best of the rest as they put three runners in the top-25, led by Daly Galloway in third.

Huntington (Ind.) is up to No. 3 after starting the season ranked No. 7. The Foresters have a bona fide low stick in Emma Wilson, who recently captured her third consecutive victory against talented competition. Wilson broke a course record at the TUXC Farm, two weeks after cruising to a big win at the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede.

Fourth-ranked Dordt (Iowa) is off to a strong start in the fall season. The Defenders won back-to-back team titles, beginning at the Briar Cliff Invitational and most recently at the Mount Mary Invitational.

Milligan (Tenn.) rounds out the top-5 this week after jumping three spots from No. 8. The Lady Buffs most recently won the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Preview two weeks ago.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 8 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 9 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 10 Saint Mary (Kan.).

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Week 1 - October 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (11th)
560 ▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (9th)
526 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Nick Johnson (3rd)
522 ▲ 4
(LW: 7)
4 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (6th)
504 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (22nd)
498 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
458 ▲ 7
(LW: 13)
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (33rd)
449 ▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (13th)
425 ▲ 7
(LW: 15)
9 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
418 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (8th)
388 ▲ 9
(LW: 19)
11 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
367 ▲ 9
(LW: 20)
12 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (5th)
345 ▲ 10
(LW: 22)
13 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart
Je'Kel Smith (1st)
323
(LW: RV)
14 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (1st)
310 ▲ 9
(LW: 23)
15 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (9th)
306 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC
Dave Nash (18th)
255 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
247
(LW: RV)
18 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier
Dylan Zitzer (6th)
236 ▲ 3
(LW: 21)
19 friends-kan FRIENDS (KAN.)
KCAC
Jason Parr (4th)
220 ▲ 5
(LW: 24)
20 vanguard-calif VANGUARD (CALIF.)
GSAC
Bryan Wilkins (33rd)
215
(LW: RV)
20 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
215 ▲ 5
(LW: 25)
22 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC
Matt Beisel (5th)
203
(LW: RV)
23 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (6th)
172
(LW: RV)
24 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart
Tim Byers (7th)
145
(LW: RV)
25 st-ambrose-iowa ST. AMBROSE (IOWA)
Chicagoland
Dan Zeimet (18th)
144
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Dalton State (Ga.) 109, Northwestern (Iowa) 108, Siena Heights (Mich.) 41, Kansas Wesleyan 34, Hastings (Neb.) 34, Grace (Ind.) 33, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 29, Oklahoma City 22, Campbellsville (Ky.) 16, Xavier (La.) 9, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 9, Missouri Baptist 6

Dropped Out: No. 1 College of Idaho, No. 3 Madonna (Mich.), No. 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 9 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 12 Oklahoma City, No. 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 16 Oregon Tech

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 11/19
MEN | WOMEN
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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