2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City caps the 2018 regular season with its sixth No. 1 rank in the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll, the NAIA national office announced on Tuesday.

The Stars, who nabbed their fifth conference title and third victory of the season, tallied 17 first-place votes.

St. Francis (Ill.) is No. 2 and has one first-place vote. College of Idaho took home the two remaining first-place votes and sits third.

Indiana Wesleyan and Southern Oregon round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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

  • The Oklahoma City Stars captured their fifth conference title in six years this past weekend at the Sooner Athletic Conference. 
  • 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 96 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 5 - November 6th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Matt Aguero (3rd)
558
(17 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (7th)
538
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Austin Basterrechea (3rd)
529
(2 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (1)
John Foss (31st)
498 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (15th)
496 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Michael McDowell (18th)
465 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (6th)
451 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC (1)
Tracy Jex (3rd)
424 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Mike Wojciakowski (21st)
415 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (11th)
399 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Nate Van Holten (6th)
383 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
12 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (40th)
362 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade (3)
Ben Welch (27th)
335 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier (1)
Mike Collins (22nd)
327 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South (1)
Eric Putnam (14th)
309 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (6th)
300 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Lance Vanderberg (6th)
267 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (4th)
237 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Michael McLean (4th)
230 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 northwest-christian-ore NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (ORE.)
Cascade (4)
Heiki McNeil (13th)
222 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 wvu-tech WVU TECH
River States (1)
Jeremy Bloom (1st)
208 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Patrick Daugherty (3rd)
178 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (1)
Jason Lewkowicz (4th)
163 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 uc-merced-calif UC MERCED (CALIF.)
Cal Pac (2)
Michael Barbee (3rd)
159 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (5)
Jack Kegg (8th)
118
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 113, Milligan (Tenn.) 79, Siena Heights (Mich.) 73, Indiana Tech 43, Benedictine (Kan.) 29, Cumberlands (Ky.) 19, SAGU (Texas) 18, Baker (Kan.) 12, Goshen (Ind.) 11, Carroll (Mont.) 5, Reinhardt (Ga.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 18 Indiana Tech

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 16: NAIA Champs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FINAL ResultsMon 11/5
Fri 11/16
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