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 & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Matt Aguero (3rd)
587
(16 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (15th)
562
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (7th)
558
(4 fpv)
▲ 8
(LW: 11)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
515 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier (1)
Mike Collins (22nd)
508 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Michael McDowell (18th)
470 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC (1)
Tracy Jex (3rd)
468 ▼ 5
(LW: 2)
8 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade (3)
Ben Welch (27th)
453 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (6th)
437 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (1)
John Foss (31st)
432 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
422 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
388 ▲ 2
(LW: 14)
13 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Nate Van Holten (6th)
377 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (40th)
334 ▲ 7
(LW: 21)
15 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South (1)
Eric Putnam (14th)
305 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade (4)
Heiki McNeil (13th)
303
(LW: RV)
17 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC (5)
Josh Wolfe (7th)
274 ▲ 8
(LW: 25)
18 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (6th)
247 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
242 ▼ 11
(LW: 8)
20 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (5)
Jack Kegg (8th)
221 ▼ 7
(LW: 13)
21 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (4th)
217 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (11th)
216 ▼ 6
(LW: 16)
23 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Michael McLean (4th)
174 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (2)
Chris Layne (20th)
162 ▼ 7
(LW: 17)
25 campbellsville-ky CAMPBELLSVILLE (KY.)
Mid-South (2)
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 8/28Wed 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
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 5Tue 11/6
Tue 11/6
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 16: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsMon 11/5
Fri 11/16
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