2021 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three different teams continued to receive first-place votes in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Poll, when the most recent edition was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

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This Week's National Top Five
Indiana Wesleyan
Saint Mary (Kan.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Taylor (Ind.)
1
Indiana Wesleyan
2
Saint Mary (Kan.)
3
St. Francis (Ill.)
4
Milligan (Tenn.)
5
Taylor (Ind.)
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Indiana Wesleyan held steady at No. 1 for the third week in a row. The Wildcats, who hauled in 13 of the 19 first-place votes in Week 3, raced to a perfect score at the Bethel XC Invitational this past weekend and swept the top-7 spots.

Saint Mary (Kan.) remained No. 2 for yet another week. The Spires, who earned four of the outstanding six first-place votes, finished a strong fourth at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open this past weekend, just 15 points out of third place. Johnathan Bowen led Saint Mary’s charge with a runner-up finish and was named National Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

St. Francis (Ill.) cemented its spot at No. 3. The Saints, who snagged the final two first-place votes from the electorate, finished fifth at the Bethel XC Invitational this past weekend and took 11th place at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic two weeks ago.

Very little changed in the rest of the top-10, as No. 4 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 5 Taylor (Ind.), No. 6 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 7 Oklahoma City, No. 8 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), No. 9 Oregon Tech didn’t budge. Cornerstone (Mich.) leapfrogged Huntington (Ind.) into the top-10 spot (The Foresters dropped to No. 11).

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 19, because that’s when the 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships will be held at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 3 - October 14th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
518
(13 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
515
(4 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
498
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
483 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (3rd)
454 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
439 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (6th)
438 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
398 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (11th)
389 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
370 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
366 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
340 ▲ 4
(LW: 16)
13 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
337 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
308 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
272 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
262 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (17th)
230 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
207 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 michigan-dearborn MICHIGAN-DEARBORN
WHAC
193 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (30th)
178 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
175 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
146 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
132 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart
Jerry Monner (18th)
127
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Marian (Ind.) 117, Westmont (Calif.) 92, Goshen (Ind.) 74, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 27, William Carey (Miss.) 24, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 20, Campbellsville (Ky.) 14, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 11, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 5, William Woods (Mo.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 25 Marian (Ind.)

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/23
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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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