2019 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

The NAIA national cross country poll is coordinated and released by the NAIA National Office.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a banner year in 2018, Oklahoma City remains in the top spot to start the 2019 men’s cross country season.

NAIA — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Oklahoma City
Indiana Wesleyan
St. Francis (Ill.)
Southern Oregon
Saint Mary (Kan.)
1
Oklahoma City
2
Indiana Wesleyan
3
St. Francis (Ill.)
4
Southern Oregon
5
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

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

  • Oklahoma City won its fourth title in 2018 and loses only two key players going into the 2019 season.
  • Southern Oregon holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings with 43 all time.
  • Southern Oregon is actively the most consecutively ranked team in the Top 25 poll with 100 consecutive appearances. This week the team is No. 4 in the poll.

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.”
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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Preseason - August 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2018
FINAL
1 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (4th)
630
(21 fpv)
1
2 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (32nd)
606 2
3 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (8th)
583 3
4 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (16th)
572 4
5 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (7th)
536 5
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (4th)
532 7
7 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (7th)
466 6
8 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (5th)
460 10
9 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Michael McDowell (19th)
452 12
10 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (23rd)
446 11
11 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (15th)
424 13
12 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (22nd)
411 8
13 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (12th)
363 20
13 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (4th)
363 15
15 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (21st)
323 17
16 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (1st)
318 16
17 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Nate Van Holten (14th)
275 9
18 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (28th)
260 19
19 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (5th)
232 21
20 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (41st)
212 27
20 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Michael McLean (5th)
212 23
22 madonna-mich MADONNA (MICH.)
WHAC
Patrick Daugherty (4th)
166 14
23 uc-merced-calif UC MERCED (CALIF.)
Cal Pac
Michael Barbee (4th)
144 24
24 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (9th)
142 25
25 saint-xavier-ill SAINT XAVIER (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (6th)
135 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Doane (Neb.) 130, WVU Tech 117, Campbellsville (Ky.) 83, Baker (Kan.) 62, SAGU (Texas) 25, Goshen (Ind.) 25, Carroll (Mont.) 23, Dakota State (S.D.) 17, Northwest Christian (Ore.) 15, Menlo (Calif.) 14, Siena Heights (Mich.) 9, Cumberlands (Ky.) 9, Benedictine (Kan.) 4, Reinhardt (Ga.) 4, Montana Western 3, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 3

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2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Tue 9/17
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 10/1
Thu 10/3
Week 3Tue 10/8
Thu 10/10
Week 4Tue 10/22
Thu 10/24
Nov. 2-4, Nov. 8-9: Conference Champs
Week 5Mon 11/11
Nov. 22: NAIA Champs (Vancouver, Wash.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/9
Fri 11/22
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