2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Thunderbirds of British Columbia hold on to the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second-straight week, the national office announced Wednesday.

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

  • British Columbia garnered 13 first place votes and 584 total points to hang on to the top spot.
  • This is the sixth time that the Thunderbirds have been ranked No. 1.
  • Defending National Champion Southern Oregon is currently ranked No. 2, receiving eight first place votes.
  • No. 13 Bacone (Okla.) makes its first appearance in the Top 25 of 2017, while No. 23 Shawnee State (Ohio) and No. 24 Oregon Tech return after not making the Top 25 in the previous poll.
  • Southern Oregon holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings with 34 all time
  • Southern Oregon also holds the record for the longest active streak of being in the Top 25 with 89 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 4 - October 25th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 british-columbia BRITISH COLUMBIA
Independent (NAIA) (1)
Laurier Primeau (3rd)
584
(13 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (1)
Grier Gatlin (14th)
579
(8 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier (1)
Mike Collins (20th)
538 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (2nd)
535 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (6th)
529 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest (1)
Tracy Jex (2nd)
489 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate (1)
Alstin Benton (5th)
453 ▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (26th)
448 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (39th)
444 ▲ 8
(LW: 17)
10 missouri-valley MISSOURI VALLEY
Heart of America (1)
David Dominguez (2nd)
424 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (1)
John Foss (30th)
381 ▲ 8
(LW: 19)
12 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Rod Wortley (20th)
358 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 bacone-okla BACONE (OKLA.)
Sooner Athletic
Clay Mayes
357 NR
14 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
Great Plains (1)
Scott Bahrke (6th)
349 ▼ 7
(LW: 7)
15 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State (1)
Zach Schroeder (10th)
338 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (17th)
312 ▼ 3
(LW: 13)
17 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade
Heike McNeil (12th)
308 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
Sooner Athletic
Brian Whitlock (14th)
250 ▲ 7
(LW: 25)
19 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (5th)
238 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier (1)
Josh Wolfe (6th)
230 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic (1)
Matt Aguero (2nd)
220 ▼ 16
(LW: 5)
22 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (14th)
181 ▲ 2
(LW: 24)
23 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South (1)
Eric Putnam (13th)
162
(LW: RV)
24 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (5th)
144 ▼ 9
(LW: 15)
24 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (5th)
144
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Aquinas (Mich.) 142, Cumberlands (Ky.) 135, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 69, Madonna (Mich.) 51, Texas Wesleyan 49, Dordt (Iowa) 16, Montreat (N.C.) 9, Siena Heights (Mich.) 5, Reinhardt (Ga.) 3, Doane (Neb.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 21 Texas Wesleyan, No. 22 Doane (Neb.), No. 23 Aquinas (Mich.)

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
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-30, Nov. 3-4: Conference Champs
Week 5Sun 11/5
Sun 11/5
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs
FINAL ResultsWed 11/22
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
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2017