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Southeastern Up Five Spots in Latest Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Southeastern University women’s cross country team made a historic climb in the latest installment of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Fire rose five spots to No. 15, the highest national ranking in program history.

The previous program high mark in the NAIA Top 25 was No. 17, which SEU achieved twice during the 2017 season.

SEU has earned first-place finishes in two of its first three races this season.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.

The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.

The Fire women’s and men’s cross country programs will compete next in the Royals’ Challenge at McAlpine State Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday October 11. The women’s race is set for 4:30 p.m. with the men’s race to follow at 5:00 p.m.

Be sure to follow @SEUFireXC on Twitter for all of the latest updates on Fire cross country!

2019 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

RANK    LAST TIME           SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]     POINTS

1              1              Madonna (Mich.) [20]    591

2              2              SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) [1]    570

3              4              College of Idaho               542

4              3              Taylor (Ind.)       541

5              5              St. Francis (Ill.)   499

6              9              Milligan (Tenn.) 492

7              7              Aquinas (Mich.) 479

8              8              Indiana Wesleyan            468

9              14           Oregon Tech      447

10           10           Cornerstone (Mich.)       418

11           6              Southern Oregon             395

12           15           Carroll (Mont.)  377

13           16           Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)              369

14           17           Vanguard (Calif.)              338

15           20           Southeastern (Fla.)         309

16           12           Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)        293

17           19           Huntington (Ind.)             264

17           NR          Concordia (Neb.)             264

19           18           Shawnee State (Ohio)    227

20           11           Dordt (Iowa)      206

21           21           Rocky Mountain (Mont.)              199

22           25           Columbia (Mo.) 186

23           22           Tennessee Wesleyan     176

24           13           Oklahoma City   171

25           NR          Judson (Ill.)         105

Receiving Votes: Friends (Kan.) 101, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 97, Eastern Oregon 81, The Master’s (Calif.) 55, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 44, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 30, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 26, Saint Francis (Ind.) 22, Blue Mountain (Miss.) 9, Montana Western 8, Cumberlands (Ky.) 7, Westmont (Calif.) 6, Indiana Tech 6, Montreat (N.C.) 6, Saint Mary (Kan.) 5, Northwestern (Iowa) 3