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Nuggets tied for 34th in final poll before national meet

November 8, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana lost five points from the previous voting but still remained 34th in the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll announced Sunday. It's the final ranking before the NAIA National Championships, which will be run Nov. 17 — one week from Saturday — in Vancouver, Wash.
     The Gold Nuggets, who tied a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference record Oct. 20 by winning their seventh consecutive GCAC team championship, share their national position with Southern Oregon. The XU women have collected more points in this season's polls (60) than they did in all prior seasons combined (50).
     It's the fourth time this season the Gold Nuggets ranked 34th — their highest position since the 2008 preseason, when they were 32nd. It's also the first time in the program's history that the Nuggets collected double-digit points in consecutive polls.
     British Columbia is No. 1, replacing three-time defending champion Cal State Marcos, which fell to second.
     Both XU teams have qualified for the national meet by virtue of their GCAC team championships, and for both it's their second consecutive appearance at nationals and their fourth in five years. The Gold Nuggets placed 30th and the Gold Rush 31st at the 2011 national meet.
     The final poll of 2012 will be released Nov. 22, five days after nationals.
     At nationals, the 5,000-meter women's race will start at 10:30 a.m. PST, followed by the 8,000-meter men's race at 11:45 a.m. The races will be run for the fourth consecutive year at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

    
NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank Team Points Last
1 British Columbia (20) 651 2
2 Cal State San Marcos 624 1
3 College of Idaho (3) 615 3
4 Olivet Nazarene 597 4
5 Biola 566 5
6 Carroll (Mont.) 552 6
7 Cornerstone 490 9
8 Oklahoma Baptist 489 10
9 Concordia (Calif.) 482 16
10 Dordt 481 11
11 Eastern Oregon 423 22
12 Lewis-Clark State 404 12
13 Westmont 397 8
14 Aquinas 355 21
15 Northwest Christian 342 7
16 Rocky Mountain 339 14
17 The Master's 314 13
18 Huntington (Ind.) 313 15
19-tie Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 287 17
19-tie St. Francis (Ill.) 287 18
21 Concordia (Neb.) 264 20
22 Milligan 213 19
23 Taylor 172 23
24 SCAD Savannah 162 tie-24
25 Northwest 152 tie-24

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier 105, Indiana Wesleyan 64, Doane 63, Concordia (Ore.) 58, Central Methodist 53, Shawnee State 29, Rogers State 14, Park 14, Xavier 13, Southern Oregon 13, Illinois Tech 8, Spring Arbor 6, St. Ambrose 3.

 

 
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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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