2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – British Columbia jumps two spots to join Southern Oregon as the No. 1 ranked team in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)

  • This is British Columbia’s fifth ever No. 1 ranking in program history, and first since Nov. 6, 2016.
  • The Thunderbirds garnered 11 first place votes, while Southern Oregon received the other 10.
  • Southern Oregon has now been ranked No. 1 for five straight polls.
  • Doane (Neb.) makes its first appearance in the Top 25 in 2017 at No. 22. Re-joining the Top 25 also are Aquinas (Mich.) at No. 23 and Wayland Baptist (Texas) at No. 25.
  • Southern Oregon still holds the record for most No. 1 rankings, with 34 total including this week’s poll.
  • The longest active streak of being in the Top 25 also belongs to the Raiders of Southern Oregon, with 88 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.”
NAIA
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 3 - October 11th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 british-columbia BRITISH COLUMBIA
Independent (NAIA)
Laurier Primeau (3rd)
581
(11 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 3)
1 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (14th)
581
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
3 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (20th)
552 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (2nd)
522 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (2nd)
479 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest
Tracy Jex (2nd)
475 ▲ 8
(LW: 14)
7 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
Great Plains
Scott Bahrke (6th)
461 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
7 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (6th)
461 ▼ 5
(LW: 2)
9 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (26th)
457 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Alstin Benton (5th)
435 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 missouri-valley MISSOURI VALLEY
Heart of America
David Dominguez (2nd)
388 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
12 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Rod Wortley (20th)
384 ▲ 3
(LW: 15)
13 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (17th)
368 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (10th)
362 ▼ 4
(LW: 10)
15 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (5th)
334 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade
Heike McNeil (12th)
315 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (39th)
283 ▲ 5
(LW: 22)
18 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (5th)
250 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (30th)
242 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier
Josh Wolfe (6th)
231 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 texas-wesleyan TEXAS WESLEYAN
Sooner Athletic
Natnael Amare (8th)
198 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
22 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
Great Plains
Brad Jenny (16th)
181
(LW: RV)
23 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (20th)
173
(LW: RV)
24 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (14th)
147 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
Sooner Athletic
Brian Whitlock (14th)
134
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Oregon Tech 104, Shawnee State (Ohio) 93, Siena Heights (Mich.) 67, Marian (Ind.) 64, Reinhardt (Ga.) 58, Madonna (Mich.) 25, Carroll (Mont.) 21, Cumberlands (Ky.) 9, Montreat (N.C.) 5

Dropped Out: No. 16 Madonna (Mich.), No. 17 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 23 Oregon Tech

USTFCCCA 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
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 8: Pre-National
Week 3Mon 10/9
Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
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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2017