Cross Country - Wed, Aug. 25, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Defending National Champion Malone (Ohio) has been picked as the No. 1 team in the NAIA Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.  Dakota State ranks No. 15 with 273 points in the national poll.  It was the highest rank in school history since 2009 where the Trojans rank No. 19 in the final national poll.

The Trojans captured their first ever Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) title last season in Rapid City, S.D.  DSU finished 16th at the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship meet in Vancouver, Wash. last November.

Fifteen conferences had at least one team land a spot in the preseason poll.

The Trojan women's cross country team received votes to the NAIA Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll.  Biola (Calif.) was picked as No. 1 women's cross country team.

The poll was voted upon a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.  The first regular season poll of the 2010 season will be released on Sept. 13.

Dakota State cross country teams will open their 2010 season at the Dakota Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 3.  The meet will be held in Mitchell, S.D. at 4 p.m.

Below are the complete listings of the NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll (with first-place votes in parenthesis):

2010 NAIA Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank Last
Poll^
School Total
Points
1 2 Malone (Ohio) (15) 555
2 1 Southern Oregon (5) 546
3 5 Shawnee State (Ohio) 516
4 6 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) 508
5 10 British Columbia 448
6 15 Aquinas (Mich.) 443
7 11 Oklahoma Christian 442
8 3 Concordia (Neb.) 432
9 18 Eastern Oregon 425
10 4 California State-San Marcos 400
11 8 College of Idaho 367
12 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 333
13 7 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 321
14 23 Southwestern (Kan.) 286
15 19 Dakota State (S.D.) 273
16 17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 271
17 24 Concordia (Ore.) 237
18 22 Westmont (Calif.) 234
19 16 McKendree (Ill.) 225
20 14 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 222
21 21 Oklahoma Baptist 209
22 20 Cedarville (Ohio) 199
23 RV Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 150
24 RV Rio Grande (Ohio) 149
T25 NR Friends (Kan.) 113
T25 9 Bryan (Tenn.) 113
T25 12 Cornerstone (Mich.) 113

Other receiving votes:  Black Hills State (S.D.) 101; Indiana Wesleyan 56; Lindenwood (Mo.) 53; The Master's College (Calif.) 51; Doane (Neb.) 34; California Baptist 16; Great Falls (Mont.) 10; Northwood (Fla.) 10; Siena Heights (Mich.) 10; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 10; St. Francis (Ill.) 6; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 6; Holy Names (Calif.) 4; Berea (Ky.) 3; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 1; Dordt (Iowa) 1; McPherson (Kan.) 1; Xaiver (La.) 1; William Woods (Mo.) 1; Minot State (N.D.) 1; Vanguard (Calif.) 1; Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 1.

2010 NAIA Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank Last
Poll
School Total
Points
1 4 Biola (Calif.) (15) 586
2 2 California State-San Marcos (6) 571
3 5 Malone (Ohio) 532
T4 3 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 531
T4 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 531
6 6 College of Idaho 503
7 13 Concordia (Calif.) 461
8 11 British Columbia 443
9 22 Concordia (Ore.) 433
10 17 Black Hills State (S.D.) 418
11 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 361
12 8 Concordia (Neb.) 360
13 18 Milligan (Tenn.) 334
14 20 Kansas Wesleyan 320
15 NR Eastern Oregon 272
16 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 269
17 14 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) 268
18 10 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 263 
19 12 Morningside (Iowa) 236
20 15 Aquinas (Mich.) 233
21 NR Shorter (Ga.) 224
22 RV Friends (Kan.) 214
23 19 Indiana Wesleyan 198
24 7 Cedarville (Ohio) 181
25 25 Southern Oregon 141

Other receiving votes:  Westmont (Calif.) 135; St. Xavier (Ill.) 106; Park (Mo.) 95; Vanguard (Calif.) 57; Southwestern (Kan.) 40; Northwestern (Iowa) 39; Lindenwood (Mo.) 35; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 22; Jamestown (N.D.) 20; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 17; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 14; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 4; Taylor (Ind.) 3; Siena Heights (Mo.) 1; Dakota State (S.D.) 1; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1; Mills (Calif.) 1; William Woods (Mo.) 1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 1; Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 1.

^Nov. 8, 2009

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
  • Nov. 23 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Cross Country National Championships - No Team Score
  • Nov. 9 - Men's Cross Country @ North Star/Midlands Conferences Postseason Qualifying Meet - 2nd of 8
  • Oct. 26 - Men's Cross Country @ Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational - 9th of 13
  • Oct. 12 - Men's Cross Country @ Briar Cliff (Iowa) Invitational - 9th of 12
  • Sep. 28 - Men's Cross Country @ Roy Griak Invitational - St. Paul, Minn. - 36th of 40
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