2020 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

(provided by the NAIA National Office)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Huntington (Ind.) lands at No. 1 in the latest edition of the 2020-21 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Foresters have now been ranked at No. 1 for two consecutive polls this season.

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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.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

There was no change in the order of the other teams in the top-5 from Week 2 as Saint Mary (Kan.), Taylor (Ind.), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) all fall in line behind Huntington (Ind.).

Lewis-Clark State made a splash in Week 3 as it went from not being ranked to No. 6.

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

2020 Week 3 - February 18th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Nick Johnson (3rd)
586
(15 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (8th)
567
(3 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Quinn White (2nd)
549 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (8th)
522 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (1st)
496 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Frontier
Mike Collins (24th)
480 NR
7 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (6th)
473 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (9th)
449 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (3)
John Foss (33rd)
421 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (13th)
412 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (22nd)
398 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (5th)
389 NR
13 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (1st)
369 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
337 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier
Mike McLean (6th)
318 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (5th)
315 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC (1)
Blake Hegstrom (8th)
298 ▼ 3
(LW: 14)
18 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
GPAC (2)
Scott Bahrke (9th)
273 ▼ 3
(LW: 15)
19 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Tim Byers (7th)
244 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (10th)
217 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
213 ▼ 3
(LW: 18)
22 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
GPAC (3)
Brad Jenny (19th)
193 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
23 spring-arbor-mich SPRING ARBOR (MICH.)
Crossroads (4)
Jeremy Smith (7th)
178 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (5th)
160 ▼ 3
(LW: 21)
25 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (42nd)
120 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Northwest (Wash.) 113, Grace (Ind.) 99, Montana State-Northern 72, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 67, Goshen (Ind.) 41, Dakota State (S.D.) 38, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 18, Loyola (La.) 11, Friends (Kan.) 7, Ozarks (Mo.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 24 Grace (Ind.), No. 25 Montana State-Northern

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