2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City takes the first regular season No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released Wednesday by the NAIA National Office.

This is the second week in a row that the Stars have been the top-ranked team.

OCU captured 17 of 20 possible first-place votes. Columbia (Mo.) nabbed two first-place votes of their own and come in at No. 2, while Madonna (Mich.) snagged the lone remaining first-place vote and are ranked No. 8.

Southern Oregon, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and College of Idaho round out the top-5 at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The 2018 NAIA Cross Country Championships will be held November 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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

  • After being ranked at No. 3 in the 2017 postseason poll, Oklahoma City has captured the No. 1 rank in the 2018 preseason and first regular-season poll.
  • Oklahoma City opened their 2018 season at the Western Oklahoma Showcase and finished second out of six teams. 
  • 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 92 straight appearances, dating back to 2008.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 1 - September 19th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (3rd)
557
(17 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (3rd)
530
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
2 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (15th)
530 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
4 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (22nd)
495 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
472 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (18th)
467 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
7 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (27th)
444 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
439
(1 fpv)

(LW: RV)
9 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (6th)
422 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Nate Van Holten (13th)
411 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (7th)
376 ▼ 6
(LW: 5)
12 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (31st)
365 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (8th)
359 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
321 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
14 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
321 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
16 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (11th)
297 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (20th)
260 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (14th)
243 ▲ 3
(LW: 21)
19 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (4th)
222
(LW: RV)
20 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (6th)
207 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (40th)
197 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Michael McLean (4th)
179
(LW: RV)
23 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (4th)
147
(LW: RV)
24 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (4th)
145 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC
Josh Wolfe (7th)
141 ▼ 8
(LW: 17)

Also Receiving Votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 95, Northwestern (Iowa) 92, Northwest Christian (Ore.) 76, Reinhardt (Ga.) 37, Carroll (Mont.) 32, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 23, Hope International (Calif.) 22, Bethel (Tenn.) 11, Point Park (Pa.) 10, Goshen (Ind.) 5, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 4, Cumberland (Tenn.) 4, Ohio Christian 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 15 Missouri Valley, No. 22 Reinhardt (Ga.), No. 23 Doane (Neb.), No. 25 Mount Mercy (Iowa)

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 6: Pre-National
Week 3Tue 10/9
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/23
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 5Tue 11/6
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/6
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 16: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsMon 11/5
MEN | WOMEN
Fri 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
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