KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The two-time defending Heart of America Athletic Conference champion Raven Women's Cross Country team will begin defense of its title inside the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
Benedictine earned the No. 24 ranking in the preseason poll released by the NAIA on Wednesday after finished the 2015 season at No. 20.
Coming off back-to-back qualifications for the NAIA National Championship, the Ravens under head coach Rex Lane, return a wealth of experience from last season's championship squad.
The season gets underway with a trip to Fayette, Mo., to compete in the Gary Stone Invitational on Sept. 10. The team will compete in a total of five meets in preparation for the annual Heart Cross Country Championships, held this year in Kansas City, Mo., at Swope Park on Nov. 5 with an automatic berth back to Nationals on the line. Nationals this year will be held in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 19.