2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City continues to dominate the No. 1 rank in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, while St. Francis (Ill.) jumps to No. 2 with a handful of first-place votes, announced the national office on Wednesday.
The Stars nabbed 15 of the 21 first-place votes available in the third poll of the season.
St. Francis (Ill.) earned five of its own as it leapfrogged Southern Oregon for the No. 2 spot. Southern Oregon fell to No. 3 and has the lone first-place vote.
College of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) round out the top-5 in No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
- Top-ranked Oklahoma City takes its first 2018 victory at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational. The team captured the first place finish over 13 other 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 94 straight appearances, dating back to 2008.
- 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.