2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City continues to dominate the No. 1 rank in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, with a majority 16 first-place votes, announced the national office on Wednesday.

Southern Oregon holds down the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row and nabbed one first-place vote.

St. Francis (Ill.) captured the four remaining first-place votes, yet sits third. It was a big jump for the program, though, as it went from No. 11 to No. 3 in the span of a week.

College of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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

  • Top-ranked Oklahoma City University finished in fifth place of the men’s college division in the Red River Shootout at Camp Perkins.
  • 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 93 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 represented by one rater.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 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 Week 2 - October 3rd

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (3rd)
587
(16 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (15th)
562
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (7th)
558
(4 fpv)
▲ 8
(LW: 11)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
515 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (22nd)
508 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (18th)
470 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest
Tracy Jex (3rd)
468 ▼ 5
(LW: 2)
8 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (27th)
453 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Alstin Benton (6th)
437 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (31st)
432 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
422 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
388 ▲ 2
(LW: 14)
13 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Nate Van Holten (6th)
377 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (40th)
334 ▲ 7
(LW: 21)
15 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (14th)
305 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade
Heiki McNeil (13th)
303
(LW: RV)
17 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier
Josh Wolfe (7th)
274 ▲ 8
(LW: 25)
18 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (6th)
247 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
242 ▼ 11
(LW: 8)
20 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (8th)
221 ▼ 7
(LW: 13)
21 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
Great Plains
Nate Wolf (4th)
217 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (11th)
216 ▼ 6
(LW: 16)
23 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Michael McLean (4th)
174 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (20th)
162 ▼ 7
(LW: 17)
25 campbellsville-ky CAMPBELLSVILLE (KY.)
Mid-South
Hilary Lakes (8th)
132
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: WVU Tech 126, Cumberlands (Ky.) 89, Carroll (Mont.) 73, Montreat (N.C.) 60, Northwestern (Iowa) 22, UC Merced (Calif.) 20, Ohio Christian 17, Goshen (Ind.) 16, Cumberland (Tenn.) 15, Reinhardt (Ga.) 13, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 5, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5, Baker (Kan.) 3, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, SAGU (Texas) 3

Dropped Out: No. 23 Montreat (N.C.), No. 24 Cumberlands (Ky.)

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 10/2
Wed 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 6: Pre-National
Week 3Tue 10/9
Wed 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
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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