Dalton State Cross Country Sits At No. 20 In Latest Coaches' Poll

Thursday, September 23, 2021

St. Francis (Ill.) remains at No. 1 in the latest Coaches Top 25 Poll. Dalton State drops one spot to #20 despite finishing 3rd and 2nd in two NCAA meets this season.


By The Numbers
This is the 54th NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll to be released since the women's cross country program has been eligible for national rankings.

They have achieved a national ranking or received votes in 12 of the 53 polls. They achieved their highest ranking in program history the April 14, 2021 poll where they came in at #18.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences or groups. 
• Each conference is represented by one rater. 
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list. 
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on. 
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes."
 

RANK

LAST TIME

SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]

POINTS

1

1

St. Francis (Ill.) [20]

560

2

4

Milligan (Tenn.)

528

3

14

Cornerstone (Mich.)

527

4

2

Taylor (Ind.)

507

5

7

Aquinas (Mich.)

463

6

8

Saint Mary (Kan.)

456

7

3

College of Idaho

444

8

9

Montreat (N.C.)

439

9

5

Indiana Wesleyan

433

10

11

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

391

11

15

The Master's (Calif.)

380

12

22

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

353

13

10

Huntington (Ind.)

332

14

12

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

311

15

NR

Concordia (Neb.)

306

16

16

Saint Francis (Ind.)

298

17

18

Southern Oregon

280

18

6

Dordt (Iowa)

277

19

17

Carroll (Mont.)

249

20

19

Dalton State (Ga.)

202

21

NR

Columbia (Mo.)

174

22

20

Southeastern (Fla.)

173

23

24

Northwest (Wash.)

156

24

NR

Hastings (Neb.)

134

25

21

Cumberlands (Ky.)

116


Dropped from the Top 25: Oregon Tech, Baker (Kan.), Oklahoma City

Receiving Votes: Indiana Tech 94; Benedictine (Kan.) 85; Vanguard (Calif.) 68; Doane (Neb.) 44; Marian (Ind.) 44; Montana Tech 32; Oregon Tech 27; Baker (Kan.) 16; William Woods (Mo.) 15; Oklahoma City 12; Grace (INd.)12; Westmont (Calif.) 10; Morningside (Iowa) 3; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3


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