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

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