2020 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

There were some major changes to the top-5 of the newest NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday morning by the NAIA National Office.

Taylor (Ind.) remains No. 1, but is followed by Saint Mary (Kan.) at No. 2, Huntington (Ind.) at No. 3, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) at No. 4 and Cornerstone (Mich.) at No. 5.

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This Week's National Top Five
Taylor (Ind.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Cornerstone (Mich.)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
Saint Mary (Kan.)
3
Huntington (Ind.)
4
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
5
Cornerstone (Mich.)
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Just this past weekend, the top-ranked Trojans played rude hosts at the TUXC Farm, winning the Midwest XC Challenge in a rout. Taylor (Ind.) put four runners in the top-15 as it won by 21 points over the now fifth-ranked Golden Eagles, who soared 15 spots from the preseason.

The second-ranked Spires romped to victory at the Mid-States Classic this past weekend. Led by National Athlete of the Week and meet champion Luke Skinner, Saint Mary (Kan.) had its top-7 runners finish in the top-8. It would have been a perfect score for the Spires, if it weren’t for Alex Ultreras of Newman, who finished fourth individually.

The third-ranked Foresters jumped three spots between the preseason and Week 1. A lot has to do with the performance of Adrien Gentie so far this season. Gentie has posted back-to-back wins and established himself as a true low stick. Just this past weekend, Gentie won the individual title at the Midwest XC Challenge by nearly 18 seconds.

The fourth-ranked Eagles recently competed at the Hawks Invitational and cruised to a victory. ERAU took seven of the top-9 spots, paced by individual champion Grady Kerst in 25:19.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Dordt (Iowa), No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 9 Milligan (Tenn.) and No. 10 Doane (Neb.).

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2020 Week 1 - October 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Quinn White (2nd)
590
(19 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (8th)
559
(2 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Lauren Davenport Johnson (1st)
557 ▲ 3
(LW: 6)
4 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (8th)
536 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (1st)
507 ▲ 15
(LW: 20)
6 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (6th)
481 ▲ 6
(LW: 12)
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (3)
John Foss (33rd)
478 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (1st)
444 ▲ 7
(LW: 15)
9 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (22nd)
435 ▲ 4
(LW: 13)
10 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
GPAC (3)
Brad Jenny (19th)
403
(LW: RV)
11 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (13th)
402 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (6th)
364 ▲ 11
(LW: 23)
13 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Mike McLean (6th)
350 ▲ 6
(LW: 19)
14 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads (6)
Rustin Nyce (5th)
342 ▲ 4
(LW: 18)
15 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC (1)
Blake Hegstrom (8th)
322 ▲ 10
(LW: 25)
16 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Tim Byers (7th)
315
(LW: RV)
17 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Shannon Flynn (2nd)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (9th)
242
(LW: RV)
19 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC (1)
Tracy Jex (5th)
211 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 northwestern-iowa NORTHWESTERN (IOWA)
GPAC (2)
Scott Bahrke (9th)
206 NR
20 montana-tech MONTANA TECH
Frontier (5)
Zach Kughn (1st)
206
(LW: RV)
22 dakota-state-s-d DAKOTA STATE (S.D.)
North Star (1)
Anthony Drealan (8th)
187
(LW: RV)
23 lindsey-wilson-ky LINDSEY WILSON (KY.)
Mid-South (3)
Jamaine Gordon (8th)
150 NR
24 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (42nd)
133
(LW: RV)
25 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South (1)
Eric Putnam (16th)
118 ▼ 11
(LW: 14)

Also Receiving Votes: Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 99, Evangel (Mo.) 92, Southeastern (Fla.) 80, Campbellsville (Ky.) 73, Friends (Kan.) 44, Oklahoma City 34, Philander Smith (Ark.) 21, Concordia (Neb.) 16, Grace (Ind.) 12, Indiana Tech 10, Xavier (La.) 7, Vanguard (Calif.) 5, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, Reinhardt (Ga.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 2 Oklahoma City, No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 7 College of Idaho, No. 10 Southern Oregon, No. 11 Antelope Valley (Calif.), No. 16 Oregon Tech, No. 21 Eastern Oregon, No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas)

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2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 9/28
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Thu 10/1
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Week 1Mon 10/26
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Thu 10/29
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Week 2Mon 11/16
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Thu 11/19
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Week 3Mon 2/15
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Thu 2/18
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Week 4Mon 3/15
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Thu 3/18
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Week 5Mon 3/29
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Mon 3/29
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FINAL ResultsFri 4/9
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