EOU women runners drop from top-25

October 11, 2012 02:33 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eastern Oregon’s women’s cross country team was knocked out of the Top 25 in the latest NAIA coaches poll released Wednesday.

For the second-consecutive week, Cal State San Marcos holds on to the No. 1 ranking in the fifth edition of the 2012 poll, the national office announced. 

The Cougars received 19-of-23 first-place votes and 650 points to earn the top spot.

Cal State San Marcos was idle this week and returns to action on Oct. 13 at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Bronco Invite. This is the eighth time in schools history the Cougars have been ranked No. 1.

Remaining at No. 2 is British Columbia with 624 points. 

College of Idaho collected the last four first-place votes and moved into a tie for third with Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), as the Coyotes and Tigers received 606 points. Rounding out the top five is No. 5 Biola (Calif.) with 570 points.

Joining the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 14, 2009 is No. 18 Doane (Neb.). The Tigers finished third in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Cross Country Invitational. Doane finished behind NCAA Division 1 Nebraska -Omaha and No. 10 Dordt (Iowa).

Jumping five spots, from No. 14 to No. 9, is Cornerstone (Mich.). The Golden Eagles finished fourth out of 19 teams in the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships. 

The No. 9 ranking is the highest in school history for Cornerstone. 

Oklahoma Baptist was right behind Cornerstone as the Bison jumped four spots, No. 16 to No. 12.

Falling from the Top 25 is Eastern Oregon and now is listed as receiving votes.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams. 

The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, and Great Plains Athletic Conference follow with three ranked teams each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. 

The sixth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 17.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Cal State San Marcos joins former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) as the only teams to start the season ranked No. 1 and go on to win the national championship ...

Simon Fraser accomplished this in 2004, 05, 06 and 07 and Cal State San Marcos accomplished this in 2011.

There have been four seasons in which a squad held the No. 1-ranking for an entire season: 2007 - Simon Fraser, 2006 - Simon Fraser, 2005 - Simon Fraser and 2003 -Northwest (Wash.) ... No. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is the only school that has made 100-or-more consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 110, dating back to Sept. 21, 2001.

Former NAIA Member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most No. 1 rankings with 40/

Eleven teams held their place in this week’s poll.

This is the ninth time in Cal State San Marcos history it has earned the No. 1 ranking.

The women from EOU will be on the road Saturday, competing in Lewiston, Idaho, but without the men’s team making the trip.

Lewis-Clark State will host a field of 10 teams on Saturday afternoon at the Inland Empire Championships, including Eastern Oregon, Washington State and Gonzaga.

The women’s race begins at 10:30 and the men’s race will start at 11:15.

Both events will be run on a course in a field behind Ziggy’s Building Supply off Warner Avenue in Lewiston, according to officials at Lewis and Clark State College.