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Cross country teams receive votes in national polls
August 20, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Back-to-back Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships have boosted the national profile of the Xavier University of Louisiana men's and women's cross country teams.
     Both the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush received votes in the NAIA top-25 polls for the first time in five years.
     Xavier's women collected a school-record 14 points in the 2008 preseason poll released Tuesday and are 32nd among the 44 schools receiving votes. Xavier's men received one point and tied for 40th out of 45 schools in their NAIA poll.
     "We are grateful for any national recognition," said Joseph Moses, in his fourth season as coach of the Rush and Nuggets. "Our runners have had success the last two years and have been working hard all summer. I hope these points in the polls will keep them challenged and focused."
     Neither Xavier cross country team has cracked a top 25, and this is the first time since the poll of Sept. 26, 2003, that either squad received votes. Both Xavier teams received votes in two of the first three 2003 polls, and the Nuggets received votes in every 2002 poll en route to GCAC and NAIA Region XIII championships.
     The NAIA announced conference ratings Monday, and both Xavier teams were No. 1 in the GCAC. Conference and national ratings will resume the week of Sept. 8.
     Xavier returns seven All-GCAC runners: Joe Drexler-Dreis, Bryan Khan, David Salmon and Darren Wallace on the men's team and Ashley Broden, Ebony Harding and Stacey Windon on the women's.
     Xavier's men and women will open their seasons Aug. 29 in the Tulane Green Wave Invitational at City Park in New Orleans. The women's two-mile race will start at 6 p.m., followed by the men's 5,000-meter race at 6:30.

NAIA Women's Cross Country
2008 Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Points
1. Cedarville (Ohio) (10) 371
2. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (4) 359
3. Malone (Ohio) 352
4. Milligan (Tenn.) 330
T5. Biola (Calif.) 316
T5. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 316
7. Black Hills State (S.D.) 315
8. Concordia (Calif.) 289
9. Concordia (Neb.) 267
10. Indiana Wesleyan 264
11. College of Idaho 246
12. Bethel (Ind.) 200
13. Eastern Oregon 195
T14. Northwestern (Iowa) 194
T14. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 194
16. Saint Xavier (Ill.) 189
17. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 184
T18. Oklahoma Baptist 180
T18. Westmont (Calif.) 180
20. Spring Arbor (Mich.) 170
21. Southwestern (Kan.) 131
22. Shawnee State (Ohio) 119
23. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 95
24. Lindenwood (Mo.) 89
25. Dickinson State (N.D.) 66
Others receiving votes: Berry (Ga.) 65, Walsh (Ohio) 57, Corban (Ore.) 57, Morningside (Iowa) 38, Taylor (Ind.) 36, Oklahoma Christian 35, Xavier 14, Campbellsville (Ky.) 13, Houghton (N.Y.) 12, King (Tenn.) 12, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9, Georgetown (Ky.) 5, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 1, Tabor (Kan.) 1, Vanguard (Calif.) 1, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 1, Jamestown (N.D.) 1, Central Methodist (Mo.) 1, Northwood (Texas) 1.
      
NAIA Men's Cross Country
2008 Preseason Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Points
1. Malone (Ohio) (15) 405
2. Black Hills State (S.D.) 381
T3. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 366
T3. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 366
5. Concordia (Calif.) 335
6. Union (Tenn.) 333
7. Concordia (Neb.) 326
8. Eastern Oregon 306
9. Lindenwood (Mo.) 287
10. Cedarville (Ohio) 264
11. Doane (Neb.) 257
12. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 254
13. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 249
14. Shawnee State (Ohio) 234
15. Dickinson State (N.D.) 219
16. Southwestern (Kan.) 207
17. Vanguard (Calif.) 200
18. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 165
19. Taylor (Ind.) 161
20. Westmont (Calif.) 148
21. Oklahoma Baptist 138
22. Concordia (Ore.) 126
23. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 114
24. Shorter (Ga.) 112
25. Indiana Wesleyan 96
Others receiving votes: Sioux Falls (S.D.) 81, Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 56, Southern Oregon 51, Milligan (Tenn.) 46, Northwood (Texas) 42, Cumberlands (Ky.) 30, Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 27, Dana (Neb.) 23, Oklahoma Wesleyan 17, Bryan (Tenn.) 14, McKendree (Ill.) 6, College of Idaho 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 4, Biola (Calif.) 3, Xavier 1, Robert Morris (Chicago) 1, Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 1, Carroll (Mont.) 1, Graceland (Iowa) 1, Berry (Ga.) 1.
      
Xavier in NAIA polls
RV: received votes
Women
2002
Aug. 23 (preseason): RV, 4 points (tie for 30th place)
Sept. 13: RV, 2 points (32nd)
Sept. 20: RV, 1 point (31st)
Sept. 27: RV, 1 point (tie 31st)
Oct. 4: RV, 4 points (27th)
Oct. 11: RV, 5 points (tie 28th)
Oct. 18: RV, 1 point (31st)
Oct. 25: RV, 3 points (tie 28th)
Nov. 1: RV, 2 points (tie 28th)
Nov. 8 (final): RV, 4 points (tie 27th)

2003
Aug. 29 (preseason): RV, 1 point (33rd)
Sept. 26: RV, 3 points (tie 27th)

2008
Aug. 19 (preseason): RV, 14 points (32nd)


Men
2003
Aug. 29 (preseason): RV, 1 point (tie 33rd)
Sept. 26: RV, 1 point (tie 32nd)

2008
Aug. 19 (preseason): RV, 1 point (tie 40th)

 

 
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