KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Milligan continues to hold on to its top-20 ranking as the Buffaloes are No. 18 for the second week in a row in the fifth edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
Milligan received 262 total voting points to tie with Doane (Neb.) for 18th.
For the second-consecutive week Cal State San Marcos holds on to the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. 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 earned 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 DI 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 (No. 25).
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.
To view the entire poll, click here.