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.)
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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 (1)
Quinn White (11th)
560 ▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (9th)
526 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Lauren Davenport Johnson (1st)
522 ▲ 4
(LW: 7)
4 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (6th)
504 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (22nd)
498 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Josh Neideck (1st)
458 ▲ 7
(LW: 13)
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (3)
John Foss (33rd)
449 ▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (13th)
425 ▲ 7
(LW: 15)
9 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
418 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (8th)
388 ▲ 9
(LW: 19)
11 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (8th)
367 ▲ 9
(LW: 20)
12 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Corey Birchmeier (5th)
345 ▲ 10
(LW: 22)
13 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Je'Kel Smith (1st)
323
(LW: RV)
14 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (1st)
310 ▲ 9
(LW: 23)
15 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference (1)
Paul Kurtz (9th)
306 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC (2)
Dave Nash (18th)
255 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
247
(LW: RV)
18 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier (2)
Dylan Zitzer (6th)
236 ▲ 3
(LW: 21)
19 friends-kan FRIENDS (KAN.)
KCAC (2)
Jason Parr (4th)
220 ▲ 5
(LW: 24)
20 vanguard-calif VANGUARD (CALIF.)
GSAC (3)
Bryan Wilkins (33rd)
215
(LW: RV)
20 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC (1)
Tracy Jex (5th)
215 ▲ 5
(LW: 25)
22 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC (4)
Matt Beisel (5th)
203
(LW: RV)
23 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South (1)
Randy Greer (6th)
172
(LW: RV)
24 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart (2)
Tim Byers (7th)
145
(LW: RV)
25 st-ambrose-iowa ST. AMBROSE (IOWA)
Chicagoland (3)
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
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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
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 2/18
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Week 4Mon 3/15
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 3/18
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Mon 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
FINAL ResultsFri 4/9
MEN | WOMEN
Apr. 9, 2021: NAIA Championship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
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