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Both XU teams receive vote in NAIA national polls

October 12, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana received one point Wednesday in each of the NAIA Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 polls.
     The Gold Nuggets collected their first national vote since Sept. 18, 2008, and the Gold Rush gained its first vote since the 2010 preseason poll. It's the first time since the '08 preseason polls that both teams received votes the same week.
     Both XU teams closed the regular season Saturday by winning team championships at the University of Dallas Invitational in Irving, Texas. The victories gave the Gold Rush a 35-16 record and the Gold Nuggets s 36-14-1 record entering the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Clinton, Miss., on Oct. 22.
     Xavier is the five-time defending GCAC men's and women's champion, and both teams are aiming for their third berth in four years in the NAIA National Championships. Both GCAC team champions will earn automatic berths in the national meet, and the top five men and women not on the winning teams also will qualify.

   
NAIA Men's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 Oklahoma Christian (17) 617 1
2 Shorter (4) 602 2
3 Concordia (Ore.) 576 3
4 Cal State San Marcos (1) 561 4
5 The Master's 528 6
6 Lewis-Clark State 505 5
7 Southern Oregon 492 7
8 Shawnee State 476 8
9 Friends 465 14
10 Wayland Baptist 449 9
11 Olivet Nazarene 426 10
12 Aquinas 407 12
13 Bryan 395 11
14 Westmont 363 13
15 Concordia (Neb.) 318 15
16 St. Francis (Ill.) 297 16
17 Southwestern (Kan.) 274 21
18 Oklahoma Baptist 273 20
19 Eastern Oregon 265 17
20 Biola 255 18
21 College of Idaho 249 RV
22 British Columbia 196 19
23 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 175 22
24 Siena Heights 131 RV
25 Graceland 108 23

Others receiving votes: Morningside 97, Vanguard 86, Berea 54, Rocky Mountain 50, Cornerstone 43, SCAD Savannah 42, Baker 28, Huntington (Ind.) 27, Azusa Pacific 25, Mount Marty 14, Saint Xavier 10, Cumberlands 7, Spring Arbor 5, Dordt 5, Trinity Christian 3, Point Loma Nazarene 3, Xavier 1, Doane 1, Great Falls 1.
   
NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 Azusa Pacific (19) 620 1
2 Cal State San Marcos (3) 604 2
3 Northwest Christian 564 4
4 British Columbia 549 3
5 Olivet Nazarene 545 5
6 Friends 533 7
7 Biola 507 6
8 College of Idaho 495 8
9 Concordia (Ore.) 456 9
10 Morningside 438 10
11 Carroll (Mont.) 428 11
12 The Master's 404 12
13 Saint Xavier 351 19
14 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 341 15
15 Lewis-Clark State 339 14
16 Westmont 315 18
17 Taylor 307 21
18 Southern Oregon 281 17
19 Indiana Wesleyan 265 13
20 Roberts Wesleyan 260 20
21 Dordt 228 22
22 Aquinas 202 16
23 Milligan 177 23
24 Viterbo 149 24
25 Point Loma Nazarene 127 25

Others receiving votes: Shawnee State 95, Northwestern (Iowa) 65, Northwest (Wash.) 65, Judson (Ill.) 49, Cornerstone 45, SCAD Savannah 37, Rocky Mountain 26, Cumberlands 22, Trinity Christian 16, Spring Arbor 9, Eastern Oregon 5, Wayland Baptist 3, Grand View 3, Park 3, Xavier 1, Doane 1, St. Francis (Ill.) 1, Baker 1.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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