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.

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 3 - October 10th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
Sooner Athletic
Matt Aguero (3rd)
585
(15 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (7th)
568
(5 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (15th)
563
(1 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
529 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (22nd)
508 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (18th)
484 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (31st)
457 ▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (27th)
454 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
Kansas Collegiate
Alstin Benton (6th)
450 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
American Midwest
Tracy Jex (3rd)
448 ▼ 3
(LW: 7)
11 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
405 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
377 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
Wolverine-Hoosier
Nate Van Holten (6th)
356 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
Golden State
Russell Smelley (40th)
348 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (14th)
333 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade
Heiki McNeil (13th)
285 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
Great Plains
Nate Wolf (4th)
274 ▲ 4
(LW: 21)
18 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (6th)
255 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
Wolverine-Hoosier
Josh Wolfe (7th)
252 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (8th)
231 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
Golden State
Zach Schroeder (11th)
205 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Michael McLean (4th)
184 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 wvu-tech WVU TECH
River States
Jeremy Bloom (1st)
160
(LW: RV)
24 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
Appalachian
Chris Layne (20th)
156 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 campbellsville-ky CAMPBELLSVILLE (KY.)
Mid-South
Hilary Lakes (8th)
130 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 95, Cumberlands (Ky.) 80, Carroll (Mont.) 76, Doane (Neb.) 51, Montreat (N.C.) 36, UC Merced (Calif.) 36, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 20, Ohio Christian 13, Cumberland (Tenn.) 9, Goshen (Ind.) 6, SAGU (Texas) 6, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 6, Benedictine (Kan.) 5, Reinhardt (Ga.) 5

Dropped Out: No. 19 Madonna (Mich.)

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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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