2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City secures the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced the national office on Wednesday.

No. 2 Colombia (Mo.) and No. 3 Southern Oregon received the other first-place votes with five and one, respectively.

The other two teams in the top-5 are No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 5 St. Francis (Ill.).

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

  • Oklahoma City moved to the No. 1 preseason rank after taking a No. 3 spot on the 2017 postseason 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 91 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.”
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, CLICK HERE.
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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Preseason - August 29th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2017
FINAL
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (3rd)
555
(14 fpv)
3
2 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest
Tracy Jex (3rd)
544
(5 fpv)
2
3 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (15th)
527
(1 fpv)
4
4 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (22nd)
482 5
5 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (7th)
471 9
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
464 10
7 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (27th)
452 7
8 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Alstin Benton (6th)
431 6
9 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (18th)
390 13
10 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (8th)
386 10
11 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (31st)
381 14
12 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Nate Van Holten (6th)
369 20
13 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
343 15
14 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
340 17
15 missouri-valley MISSOURI VALLEY
Heart of America
Dale Boring (1st)
299 8
16 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (11th)
279 19
17 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier
Josh Wolfe (7th)
275 12
18 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (20th)
251 ---
19 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (6th)
241 21
20 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (40th)
195 22
21 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (14th)
188 27
22 reinhardt-ga REINHARDT (GA.)
Appalachian
Jordan Turner (5th)
160 23
23 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
Great Plains
Brad Jenny (17th)
138 ---
24 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (4th)
119 ---
25 mount-mercy-iowa MOUNT MERCY (IOWA)
Heart of America
Jamie Jimison (9th)
93 28

Also Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 86, Montreat (N.C.) 86, Northwest Christian (Ore.) 73, Northwestern (Iowa) 60, William Carey (Miss.) 35, Campbellsville (Ky.) 31, Ohio Christian 30, Madonna (Mich.) 30, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 26, John Brown (Ark.) 19, Marian (Ind.) 19, Vanguard (Calif.) 13, York (Neb.) 10, Dordt (Iowa) 5, Dickinson State (N.D.) 3, Park (Mo.) 3

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Tue 9/18
Wed 9/19
Week 2Tue 10/2
Wed 10/3
Oct. 6: Pre-National
Week 3Tue 10/9
Wed 10/10
Week 4Tue 10/23
Wed 10/24
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 5Tue 11/6
Wed 11/7
Nov. 17: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsSat 11/17
Sun 11/18
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