2020 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

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The NAIA National Office announced its 2020 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Top-25 Poll on Thursday morning.

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This Week's National Top Five
Taylor (Ind.)
Oklahoma City
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
Oklahoma City
3
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
4
Saint Mary (Kan.)
5
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Taylor (Ind.) tops the index for the first time in program history. The Trojans, who have been ranked in the top-25 for 49 consecutive weeks, earned eight of 21 possible first-place votes.

Defending national champion Oklahoma City comes into the season ranked No. 2, 17 points back of Taylor (Ind.) despite earning two more first-place votes (10).

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), last year’s third-place team, begins the season in the same spot. The Warriors hauled in two first-place votes of their own and sit just one point behind OCU.

The lone remaining first-place vote went to Saint Mary (Kan.), which is ranked fourth. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) rounds out the top-5 at No. 5.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Preseason - October 1st

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2019
FINAL
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (2nd)
574
(8 fpv)
2
2 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (5th)
557
(10 fpv)
1
3 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (24th)
556
(2 fpv)
3
4 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (8th)
533
(1 fpv)
6
5 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
531 4
6 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Nick Johnson (3rd)
483 17
7 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
482 5
8 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (13th)
446 9
9 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (33rd)
410 8
10 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (17th)
403 12
11 antelope-valley-calif ANTELOPE VALLEY (CALIF.)
Cal Pac
Clay Mayes
383 11
12 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (6th)
382 16
13 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (22nd)
370 14
14 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (16th)
340 7
15 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (1st)
330 18
16 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (10th)
301 15
17 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
288 ---
18 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads
Rustin Nyce (5th)
225 20
19 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Mike McLean (6th)
224 13
20 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
215 27
21 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (29th)
206 19
22 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
181 24
23 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
173 28
24 wayland-baptist-texas WAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)
SAC
Brian Whitlock (17th)
152 25
25 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC
Blake Hegstrom (8th)
140 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Doane (Neb.) 116, St. Francis (Ill.) 90, Baker (Kan.) 85, Dakota State (S.D.) 73, Montana Tech 39, Westmont (Calif.) 31, Aquinas (Mich.) 20, UC Merced (Calif.) 19, Campbellsville (Ky.) 17, Loyola (La.) 11, Xavier (La.) 11, Evangel (Mo.) 8

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2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/1
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 10/26
Thu 10/29
Week 2Mon 11/16
Thu 11/19
Week 3Mon 2/15
Thu 2/18
Week 4Mon 3/15
Thu 3/18
Week 5Sun 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
FINAL ResultsFri 4/9
Fri 4/9
Apr. 9, 2021: NAIA Championship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
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