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Dordt Women’s Cross Country Moves Up In NAIA Poll

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt University moved up four spots in the latest edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country coaches’ poll released Thursday by the national office.

The Defenders occupy the No.14 spot in this week’s edition of the poll and are one of three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the top 25. Concordia (11th) and Hastings (23rd) join Dordt while a fourth conference team, Doane, is receiving votes.

Head Coach Nate Wolf’s squad has competed in three events this fall and has finished among the top 10 twice. Dordt won the GPAC Preview, a meet held at the same course as the upcoming conference championship, and placed third in the first meet of the season, the Auggie Twilight. Last time out, Dordt finished 11th and was the top NAIA team at the Griak Invite.

Dordt will compete in its home meet, the Defender Holiday Inn Express Classic, this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 9) at 10am.

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [1st PLACE VOTES] PTS
1 1 St. Francis (Ill.) [20] 591
2 2 Milligan (Tenn.) [1] 570
3 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) 555
4 4 Taylor (Ind.) 519
5 6 Saint Mary (Kan.) 504
6 11 The Master’s (Calif.) 470
7 5 Aquinas (Mich.) 469
8 8 Montreat (N.C.) 468
9 7 College of Idaho 462
10 17 Southern Oregon 410
11 15 Concordia (Neb.) 378
12 14 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 367
13 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 363
14 18 Dordt (Iowa) 348
15 9 Indiana Wesleyan 338
16 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 327
17 16 Saint Francis (Ind.) 304
18 13 Huntington (Ind.) 249
19 NR Montana Tech 234
20 NR Oklahoma City 225
21 21 Columbia (Mo.) 191
22 NR Westmont (Calif.) 182
23 24 Hastings (Neb.) 148
24 23 Northwest (Wash.) 141
25 19 Carroll (Mont.) 138

Dropped from the Poll: Southeastern (Fla.), Cumberlands (Ky.), Dalton State (Ga.)

Receiving Votes: Grace (Ind.) 104, Southeastern (Fla.) 100, Vanguard (Calif.) 63, Marian (Ind.) 49, Benedictine (Kan.) 43, Cumberlands (Ky.) 37, Indiana Tech 36, Doane (Neb.) 26, William Carey (Miss.) 19, Dalton State (Ga.) 5, Oregon Tech 3, Baker (Kan.)

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