KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Milligan remains in the top 20 of the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, but the Buffaloes fell one spot to the No. 19, the national office announced Wednesday.
Milligan received 249 total voting points, placing it 33 behind No. 18 Doane (Neb.).
Cal State San Marcos remains No. 1 for the third-consecutive week after capturing 21-of-23 possible first-place votes and 652 points in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. Finishing sixth overall, Kelly Thompson led the Cougars to a first-place team finish in the Santa Clara (Calif.) Bronco Invitational on Oct. 13.
Remaining at No. 2 is British Columbia with 629 points. College of Idaho collected the last two first-place votes and tallied 607 points to move into third. Falling one spot to No. 4 is Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) with 594 points. Rounding out the top five is No. 5 Biola (Calif.) with 574 points.
Rejoining the Top 25 is Eastern Oregon after falling from the poll last week. The Mountaineers finished eighth in the Inland Empire Classic (Idaho), and were the second NAIA school, behind No. 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho.) in the team results.
Making the biggest jump in the poll, from No. 20 to No. 17, is St. Francis (Ill.). The Fighting Saints were idle last week and return to action on Oct. 20 at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas (Mich.).
Falling from the Top 25 is Southern Oregon (No. 21).
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 seventh regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 24.
To view the entire poll, click here.