KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Milligan slipped three positions in the second edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday, landing at No. 14.
Despite being ranked 14th, the Buffaloes are not too far out of the top 10. Milligan collected 351 total voting points with No. 10 Aquinas (Mich.) only receiving 11 more.
British Columbia tops the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Thunderbirds collected 19 first place votes and received 560 to earn its first-ever No. 1 ranking. In their first meet of the year, British Columbia finished fourth, behind three NCAA Division I schools-Washington, Fresno State (Calif.) and Idaho.
After two weeks at the top spot, Cal State San Marcos falls to No. 2 as they tallied 537 points. Collecting the last first place vote was Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on its way to hold the No. 3 ranking. The Tigers collected 526 points. College of Idaho comes in at No. 4 receiving 506 points, while Biola (Calif.) rounds out the top five with 487 points.
Joining the Top 25 is Oklahoma Baptist as they are tied with Cumberlands (Ky.) for the No. 24 ranking. The Bison replace Indiana Wesleyan (No. 25) who fell out of the poll.
Aquinas made the biggest jump in the second week of the poll moving from No. 14 to No. 10. The Saints placed 13th out of 34 teams last weekend at the National Catholic Invitational held in South Bend, Ind.
Twelve conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams, followed by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Cascade Collegiate Conference and the Frontier Conference with three teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 26.
To view the entire poll, click here.