KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Milligan remains firmly entrenched in the top 20 nationally as the Buffaloes are locked in at No. 19 in the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
Milligan collected 279 total voting points to place it 17 back of No. 18 St. Francis (Ill.).
Cal State San Marcos continues to hold down the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Cougars tallied 22-of-23 first place votes and 653 points to earn the No. 1 ranking for the fourth-straight week.
Cal State San Marcos won the Cougar Challenge (Calif.) and were led by Kelly Thompson, Chelsey Cortez and Ayded Reyes, as they were the top three finishers in the race. The Cougars are off until they host the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship on Nov. 3.
Remaining at No. 2 is British Columbia with 628 points. College of Idaho collected the last first-place votes and tallied 604 points to stay at third. No. 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) collected 604 points, while No. 5 Biola (Calif.) rounds out the top five with 569 points.
Huntington (Ind.) made the biggest leap in the poll as it jumped nine sports, from No. 24 to No. 15. The Foresters placed third in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas (Mich.), defeating four teams who were ranked in front of them last week (then-No. 12 Aquinas, then-No. 17 St. Francis (Ill.), then-No. 20 Illinois Tech and then-No. 25 Taylor (Ind.)). Gretchen Spahr led the way for the Foresters with an 18th- place finish.
Northwest (Wash.) and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) join the Top 25 this week as the Eagle's and Bees are tied at No. 24. Northwest, who was idle last weekend, return to the Coaches' Poll for the first time since the preseason poll. SCAD Savannah makes its first appearance in the Top 25 since Aug. 24, 2006. Last weekend the Bees took third out of 16 teams in the Sand Shark Invitational (S.C.). SCAD Savannah was led by Hannah Lieberman and Melanie Novack, who finished second and third.
Falling from the poll is Doane (Neb.) (No. 18) and Illinois Tech (No. 20).
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams each. The Frontier Conference follows with three ranked teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The final regular-season poll will be released on Nov. 4.
To view the entire poll, click here.