2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After earning its second NAIA National Championship title in the 2016 season, Southern Oregon will start at No. 1 for the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

  • Southern Oregon has tallied a total of 31 No. 1 rankings in school history, 19 of those came in the last five years. In this poll, Southern Oregon received 15 of the 19 first place votes.
  • The Raiders of Southern Oregon will return five of their top seven athletes that were a part of the 2016 championship team. The team starts its season at the University of Washington Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 16.
  • There were three teams that made the jump into the Top 25 including: No. 19 Carroll (Mont.), No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 25 Columbia (Mo.).
  • Southern Oregon holds the record for the most No. 1 appearances with a total of 31.
  • Southern Oregon holds the longest active streak for being in the top 25 with a total of 85 appearances dating back to 2008.

NAIA MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TOP-25 – PRESEASON

RANK LW SCHOOL PTS
1 1 Southern Oregon 526
2 2 St. Francis (Ill.) 508
3 3 British Columbia 503
4 5 The Master’s (Calif.) 464
5 8 Cornerstone (Mich.) 440
6 13 Eastern Oregon 430
7 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 419
8 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 405
9 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) 402
10 4 College of Idaho 371
11 11 Missouri Valley 347
12 14 Marian (Ind.) 341
13 14 Saint Mary (Kan.) 328
14 7 Oklahoma City 302
15 18 Taylor (Ind.) 297
16 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 272
17 19 Oregon Tech 245
18 20 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 231
19 NR Carroll (Mont.) 208
20 23 Westmont (Calif.) 203
21 22 Aquinas (Mich.) 176
22 21 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 152
23 24 Milligan (Tenn.) 145
24 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 128
25 RV Columbia (Mo.) 118

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 16 Bacone (Okla.), No. 17 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 25 Indiana Tech

Others Receiving Votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 105, Indiana Tech 92, Indiana Wesleyan 84, Northwest Christian (Ore.), 46, Morningside (Iowa) 45, William Care (miss.) 35, Montreat (N.C.) 19, Rio Grande (Ohio) 15, Kansas Wesleyan 12, Siena Heights (Mich.) 12, Midland (Neb.) 7, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7.

2017 NAIA Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonWed 8/23
Wed 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/11
Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 9/25
Wed 9/27
Oct. 8: Pre-National
Week 3Mon 10/9
Wed 10/11
Week 4Mon 10/23
Wed 10/25
Oct. 28-30, Nov. 3-4: Conference Champs
Week 5Sun 11/5
Sun 11/5
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs
FINAL ResultsWed 11/22
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
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