2020 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

There were a few changes to the most recent NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

All of the teams that were in the top-10 in Week 1 remained in place following Conference Championships Weekend, while four new teams joined the fray in the rest of the top-25.

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This Week's National Top Five
Taylor (Ind.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Dordt (Iowa)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
St. Francis (Ill.)
3
Huntington (Ind.)
4
Milligan (Tenn.)
5
Dordt (Iowa)
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Taylor (Ind.) is the unanimous No. 1 following a championship effort at the Crossroads League Championships three weeks ago. The top-ranked Trojans held off a strong challenge from No. 3 Huntington (Ind.), as they won by three points. Taylor (Ind.) used a true team effort with all five of its scoring athletes in the top-15 (No other program could claim that feat).

St. Francis (Ill.) remained No. 2 after dominating the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The Saints put six runners in the top-10 with their entire scoring lineup in the top-7 as they totaled 19 points to beat Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) by 49.

The aforementioned Foresters held steady at No. 3. Emma Wilson and Hannah Stoffel went 1-2 for Huntington (Ind.) at the Crossroads League Championships, while teammate Sydney Lambert joined them in the top-10 in seventh place.

AAC champion Milligan (Tenn.) is now fourth. GPAC champion Dordt (Iowa) is fifth.

Here are the new additions to the National Coaches’ Poll in Week 2: No. 11 College of Idaho, No. 20 Oregon Tech, No. 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 24 Westmont (Calif.).

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Week 2 - November 19th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (11th)
560
(20 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (9th)
534 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Nick Johnson (3rd)
529 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (22nd)
494 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (6th)
493 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
450 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (33rd)
433 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (13th)
417 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
406 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (8th)
394 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
364 NR
12 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
354 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (5th)
334 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart
Je'Kel Smith (1st)
331 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (9th)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (1st)
295 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
256 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC
Dave Nash (18th)
251 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier
Dylan Zitzer (6th)
230 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (10th)
226 NR
21 friends-kan FRIENDS (KAN.)
KCAC
Jason Parr (4th)
195 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
191 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
GPAC
Scott Bahrke (9th)
163
(LW: RV)
24 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (42nd)
150 NR
25 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (6th)
139 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 111, Baker (Kan.) 93, Concordia (Neb.) 77, Dalton State (Ga.) 59, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 43, Vanguard (Calif.) 38, Siena Heights (Mich.) 19, Hastings (Neb.) 12, Missouri Baptist 9, Grace (Ind.) 7

Dropped Out: No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 22 Concordia (Neb.), No. 24 Baker (Kan.), No. 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa)

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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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