2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

By Trevor Lininger, Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending champion Southern Oregon will remain at the No. 1 spot in the first NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll of the 2017 regular season, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)

  • Southern Oregon has now earned 32 total No. 1 rankings in school history, with 20 in the last five years.
  • The Raiders of Southern Oregon garnered 16 first place votes in this poll
  • Madonna (Mich.) and Indiana Tech made the jump into the Top 25 for the first time in 2017
  • Southern Oregon holds the record for the most No. 1 appearances with a total of 32
  • The longest active streak of being in the top 25 also belongs to Southern Oregon, with 86 straight appearances dating back to 2008

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”

This coaches’ poll is conducted by the NAIA national office. These institutions are not necessarily members of the USTFCCCA.

NAIA
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (14th)
587 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (6th)
568 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 british-columbia BRITISH COLUMBIA
Independent (NAIA)
Laurier Primeau (3rd)
560 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (10th)
514 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (26th)
512 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
Great Plains
Scott Bahrke (6th)
482 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (20th)
472 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Patrick Daugherty (2nd)
449 NR
9 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (13th)
427 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (2nd)
422 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Rod Wortley (20th)
406 ▼ 6
(LW: 5)
12 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Alstin Benton (5th)
383 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (5th)
358 ▲ 2
(LW: 15)
14 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (2nd)
344 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest
Tracy Jex (2nd)
315 ▲ 10
(LW: 25)
16 marian-ind MARIAN (IND.)
Crossroads
Mike Holman (6th)
312 ▼ 4
(LW: 12)
17 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (5th)
265 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (17th)
263 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (5th)
240 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 missouri-valley MISSOURI VALLEY
Heart of America
David Dominguez (2nd)
232 ▼ 9
(LW: 11)
21 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier
Josh Wolfe (6th)
229
(LW: RV)
22 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Harry Clark (5th)
191 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
23 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (39th)
178 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (20th)
149 ▼ 3
(LW: 21)
25 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (14th)
127 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Indiana Wesleyan 100, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 89, Northwest Christian (Ore.) 84, Campbellsville (Ky.) 53, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 51, Doane (Neb.) 39, Siena Heights (Mich.) 34, William Carey (Miss.) 5, SAGU (Texas) 5, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 3

Dropped Out: No. 22 SCAD Savannah (Ga.), No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas)

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
NATIONAL:
2017