2020 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three different teams received at least five first-place votes in the final NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the extended 2020 season.

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This Week's National Top Five
St. Francis (Ill.)
College of Idaho
Taylor (Ind.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Dordt (Iowa)
1
St. Francis (Ill.)
2
College of Idaho
3
Taylor (Ind.)
4
Milligan (Tenn.)
5
Dordt (Iowa)
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St. Francis (Ill.) is the No. 1 team entering the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships on April 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Saints snagged eight of 20 possible first-place votes. Earlier in the season, St. Francis (Ill.) romped to the team title at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

College of Idaho jumped two spots from No. 4 to No. 2. The Yotes grabbed seven of the 20 possible first-place votes. College of Idaho rolled to the team title at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships.

Taylor (Ind.) fell two spots from No. 1 to No. 3. The Trojans gathered the five remaining first-place votes. Earlier in the season, Taylor (Ind.) won a close battle for the team title at the Crossroads League Championships.

No. 4 Milligan (Tenn.) and No. 5 Dordt (Iowa) round out the top-5.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 5: No. 6 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 7 Huntington (Ind.), No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 10 Cornerstone (Mich.).

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Week 5 - March 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (9th)
547
(8 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
535
(7 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (11th)
527
(5 fpv)
▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (22nd)
519 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (6th)
491 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Mike Wojciakowski (23rd)
455 ▲ 4
(LW: 10)
7 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Lauren Davenport Johnson (1st)
453 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (3)
John Foss (33rd)
413 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier (2)
Mike Collins (24th)
410 ▲ 7
(LW: 16)
10 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Josh Neideck (1st)
403 ▼ 4
(LW: 6)
11 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (13th)
392 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
12 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (3)
Jack Kegg (10th)
364 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (8th)
343 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (8th)
330 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Corey Birchmeier (5th)
313 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Je'Kel Smith (1st)
292 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
257 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference (1)
Paul Kurtz (9th)
254 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (1st)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
219 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 morningside-iowa MORNINGSIDE (IOWA)
GPAC (2)
Dave Nash (18th)
194 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade (4)
Mark Mandi (12th)
176
(LW: RV)
23 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Matt Aguero (5th)
165 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
GPAC (3)
Scott Bahrke (9th)
139
(LW: RV)
25 montana-western MONTANA WESTERN
Frontier (2)
Dylan Zitzer (6th)
131 ▼ 3
(LW: 22)

Also Receiving Votes: Friends (Kan.) 101, Columbia (Mo.) 100, Madonna (Mich.) 49, Westmont (Calif.) 47, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 33, Cumberlands (Ky.) 20, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 19, Eastern Oregon 9, Grace (Ind.) 7, Baker (Kan.) 5, Dalton State (Ga.) 4, Concordia (Neb.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 24 Friends (Kan.), No. 25 Columbia (Mo.)

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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
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Week 1Mon 10/26
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Thu 10/29
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Week 2Mon 11/16
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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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