DSU men's XC team ranks 15th in NAIA preseason poll

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 is the highest rank for the Trojans since 2009 when they ranked 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. in 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; Willam Woods (Mo.) 1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 1; Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 1.

 


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