The start of the Oregon Tech Invitational versus Northwest Christian. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in school-history, the Oregon Tech men’s cross country squad raced into the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, while the Tech women, also for the first time, received votes in the latest NAIA women’s Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
The Oregon Tech men earned 176 total points and the No. 21 ranking based on their performance last week at the Charles Bowles Invitational, as the Owls beat, then, No. 20 ranked Arizona Christian along with Vanguard who received votes in the previous week’s NAIA national rankings.
Sara Howard (L) and Ashley Baldovino (R) pace the Oregon Tech women's cross country team. (photo by Kelly Caleb
The Tech women sit at the No. 27 spot, earning votes for their performance this past Saturday at the Charles Bowles Invitational. OIT's women were third among Cascade Collegiate Conference teams at the meet, and finished behind only Northwest Christian, who came in at No. 7 in this week’s NAIA Poll, and Eastern Oregon at No. 25. The Hustlin' Owls finished ahead of Concordia and Northwest University, both of those teams receiving votes in last week’s NAIA national rankings. The Tech women tallied 71 points.
The Southern Oregon men continue to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, receiving 11-of-21 first place votes and tallied 579 points to retain the No. 1 ranking. This is the fifth-consecutive week Southern Oregon has been at the top of the poll.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference with six teams. Representing the Cascade are Southern Oregon, No. 7 Concordia, No. 12 College of Idaho, No. 14 Eastern Oregon, Oregon Tech, and No. 25 Northwest Christian.
For the second time this season, British Columbia and Cal State San Marcos have swapped positions in the women’s NAIA Poll, as Cal State San Marcos becomes No. 1 in the fourth edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Cal State San Marcos received 16-of-20 first place votes and 586 points to earn the top spot.
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the Golden State Athletic Conference with four ranked teams each.