2020 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

There is a new look to Week 2 of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday morning by the NAIA National Office.

The top-3 teams are an exact inverse of where they were in Week 1 and five new teams joined the index following their performances over Conference Championships Weekend.

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This Week's National Top Five
Huntington (Ind.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Taylor (Ind.)
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Cornerstone (Mich.)
1
Huntington (Ind.)
2
Saint Mary (Kan.)
3
Taylor (Ind.)
4
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
5
Cornerstone (Mich.)
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Former No. 3 Huntington (Ind.) swapped spots with No. 1 Taylor (Ind.) after winning the team title at the Crossroads League Championships three weeks ago. The Foresters put four runners in the top-10 – all scorers in the top-15 – as they topped the Trojans, 40-49.

No. 2 Saint Mary (Kan.) remained in place after dominating the KCAC Championships this past weekend. The Spires swept the proceedings with several-time NAIA National Athlete of the Week Luke Skinner capturing the individual title.

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) remained at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

St. Francis (Ill.) jumped 11 spots from No. 18 to No. 7 between Week 1 and Week 2. The Saints captured the team title at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships a few weeks ago over former No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).

New additions to the poll in Week 2 include No. 16 College of Idaho, No. 20 Spring Arbor (Mich.), No. 22 Oregon Tech, No. 24 Grace (Ind.) and No. 25 Montana State-Northern.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Week 2 - November 19th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Nick Johnson (3rd)
586
(15 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 3)
2 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (8th)
564
(6 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (2nd)
561 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
533 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
511 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (6th)
470 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (9th)
457 ▲ 11
(LW: 18)
8 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (33rd)
447 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (13th)
444 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (22nd)
437 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (1st)
415 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
336 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Mike McLean (6th)
335 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC
Blake Hegstrom (8th)
313 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
GPAC
Scott Bahrke (9th)
309 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
298 NR
17 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart
Tim Byers (7th)
289 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
264 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
GPAC
Brad Jenny (19th)
253 ▼ 9
(LW: 10)
20 spring-arbor-mich SPRING ARBOR (MICH.)
Crossroads
Jeremy Smith (7th)
237 NR
21 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
214 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (10th)
194 NR
23 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (42nd)
157 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
144
(LW: RV)
25 montana-state-northern MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN
Frontier
101 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Dakota State (S.D.) 100, Goshen (Ind.) 96, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 94, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 90, Eastern Oregon 58, Shawnee State (Ohio) 46, Friends (Kan.) 33, Montana Western 25, Indiana Tech 25, Southeastern (Fla.) 16, Montana Tech 7, Grand View (Iowa) 1

Dropped Out: No. 14 Goshen (Ind.), No. 20 Montana Tech, No. 22 Dakota State (S.D.), No. 23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 25 Shawnee State (Ohio)

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 11/19
MEN | WOMEN
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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