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Posted by Ryan Long - Wed, Sep. 13, 2017 - [ Women's Cross Country ] - Viewed 172 times

NAIA Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Shawnee State (Ohio) is the only team from the Mid-South Conference ranked in the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, NAIA officials announced on Wednesday.

Shawnee State holds onto their No. 6 ranking this week. The Bears garnered 493 voting points as they sit just outside the top 5.

Shawnee State won the Mid-South Conference Preview last week. Brooke Smith took first place on the women's side, finishing with a time of 18:34.65. Alyssa Taylor finished in second place at 18:49.24. The Bears had eight of the top 10 runners in the event.

Shawnee State will next compete on Friday, September 15 at the Iona College Meet of Champions in Bronx, New York.

Defending national champion British Columbia is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA poll with 590 voting points. Aquinas (Mich.) is No. 2 with 532 voting points. Oklahoma City recieved 557 voting points and slipped to third in the rankings. 

No. 23 Trinity Christian (Ill.) and No. 25 St. Francis (Ill.) are the lone newcomers to the poll.

The national poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing either a conference or the independents.

The next regular season poll is scheduled to be released on Sept. 27.