The British Columbia thunderbirds collected 19 first-place votes and over took California State-San Marcos as the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll released Wednesday.
The two teams had been ranked 1-2 for most of the young season. UBC took over the top spot with 560 points for its first-ever No. 1 ranking. CCUSM finished with 537 points, while Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) received the other No. 1 vote and was third with 526 points.
The College of Idaho was in at No. 4 and Biola (Calif.) was at No. 5.
British Columbia and CSUSM are the top two ranked Association of Independent Institutions Conference teams, and are followed by Jamestown (N.D.) at No. 3, Dakota State (S.D.) at No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) at No. 5 in the conference rankings.