2021 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A big weekend of racing shook up the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

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This Week's National Top Five
Indiana Wesleyan
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Taylor (Ind.)
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
1
Indiana Wesleyan
2
Saint Mary (Kan.)
3
Taylor (Ind.)
4
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
5
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
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Indiana Wesleyan is the new No. 1 team. The Wildcats, who jumped six spots from No. 7, last competed at the IWU Wildcat Twilight on September 10, where they topped a strong field, which included No. 1 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 2 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 23 Aquinas (Mich.), among others.

Saint Mary (Kan.) comes in at No. 2 this week. The Spires, who climbed two spots from No. 4, dazzled at the Missouri Southern Stampede this past weekend, Saint Mary (Kan.) took third in a field packed with NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II programs, putting two athletes among the top-10 finishers.

Former No. 1 Taylor (Ind.) is now ranked No. 3. The Trojans held off a strong challenge from No. 8 St. Francis (Ill.) at the Ray Bullock Invitational this past weekend. Taylor (Ind.) helped its cause in a big way on the TUXC Farm thanks to sweeping the individual podium, because the Saints overall depth proved stronger (Taylor went 1-2-3-13-17; USF went 5-6-9-10-14).

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) round out the top-5 at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Eagles rolled to the team title at the Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Invitational on September 11 and the Warriors took top team honors at the EUO Invitational this past weekend.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 7 Huntington (Ind.), No. 8 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 9 Southern Oregon and No. 10 The Master’s (Calif.).

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 1 - September 23rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
581
(13 fpv)
▲ 6
(LW: 7)
2 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
563
(6 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (3rd)
550 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
526 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
524
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
498
(1 fpv)
▼ 3
(LW: 3)
7 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
487 ▼ 5
(LW: 2)
8 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
453 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
414 ▲ 6
(LW: 15)
10 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
412 ▲ 4
(LW: 14)
11 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (6th)
410 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
384 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
369 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
340 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
314 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
297 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (11th)
294 ▼ 6
(LW: 11)
18 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
280 ▲ 5
(LW: 23)
19 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
240
(LW: RV)
20 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
239 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
208 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads
Rustin Nyce (6th)
186 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 campbellsville-ky CAMPBELLSVILLE (KY.)
Mid-South
Corbin Harris (2nd)
167
(LW: RV)
24 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (30th)
132
(LW: RV)
25 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart
Jerry Monner (18th)
108 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan-Dearborn 75, William Carey (Miss.) 73, Montana Tech 72, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 55, Westmont (Calif.) 34, Marian (Ind.) 33, William Woods (Mo.) 26, Benedictine (Kan.) 19, Friends (Kan.) 16, Northwestern (Iowa) 16, Shawnee State (Ohio) 7, Missouri Baptist 6, UC Merced (Calif.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 12 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 21 Doane (Neb.), No. 24 Columbia (Mo.)

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/23
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Thu 8/26
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Week 1Mon 9/20
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Thu 9/23
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Week 2Mon 10/4
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Thu 10/7
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Week 3Mon 10/11
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Thu 10/14
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Week 4Mon 10/25
Thu 10/28
Week 5Mon 11/8
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Nov. 19 NAIA Championships
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FINAL ResultsFri 11/19
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