@MUCrusadersXCTF women improve programs best ever ranking
Women's Cross Country - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017
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NAIA RELEASE | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Madonna University women's cross country team will be sporting a shiny new ranking when they take part in the Greater Louisville Open on Friday as they came in 16th in the second regular season NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday night.

The Crusaders collected 187 total points in the poll to move up three spots from the first poll of the regular season. It's a program record that continues to climb higher as the Crusaders improve each week. After taking two weeks off, Madonna will look to make another move up the poll if they can put together a strong showing at Tom Sawyer State Park tomorrow.

Four Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference programs were mentioned in the poll with Aquinas at No. 2 with 360 points and MU 16th while Siena Heights (76) and Cornerstone (18) both received votes.

British Columbia remains atop the poll with 374 points and 13 first-place votes with Aquinas second and Oklahoma City third with 553 points and the remaining first-place tally. College of Idaho is fourth with 338 points while Southern Oregon rounds out the top five with 323 points.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated groups.

2017 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Poll #2  (Sept. 27)

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL

POINTS

1

1

British Columbia (13)

374

2

2

Aquinas (Mich.)

360

3

3

Oklahoma City (1)

353

4

4

College of Idaho

338

5

5

Southern Oregon

323

6

6

Shawnee State (Ohio)

314

7

7

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

297

8

8

The Master's (Calif.)

286

9

10

SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)

278

10

13

Taylor (Ind.)

263

11

12

Oregon Tech

255

12

11

Dordt (Iowa)

240

13

14

Carroll (Mont.)

235

14

15

Morningside (Iowa)

210

15

16

Milligan (Tenn.)

203

16

19

Madonna (Mich.)

187

17

21

Hastings (Neb.)

176

18

24

Marian (Ind.)

158

19

22

Southeastern (Fla.)

145

20

23

Trinity Christian (Ill.)

143

21

NR

Corban (Ore.)

138

22

20

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

116

23

18

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

92

24

17

Indiana Wesleyan

90

25

25

St. Francis (Ill.)

87

    

Others Receiving Votes: Northwest Christian (Ore.) 78; Siena Heights (Mich.) 76; Texas Wesleyan 56; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 32; Friends (Kan.) 20; Cornerstone (Mich.) 18; Northwestern (Iowa) 11; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 5; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 3; Vanguard (Calif.) 3

Dropped From Top 25: Northwest Christian (Ore.)

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