2021 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending champion Taylor (Ind.) sits a near-unanimous No. 1 in the preseason edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office. The Trojans hauled in 18 of 20 possible first-place votes.

NAIA — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Taylor (Ind.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
Huntington (Ind.)
3
Milligan (Tenn.)
4
Saint Mary (Kan.)
5
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Following Taylor (Ind.) – which returns at least four of those athletes who helped it win its first title in program history – is second-ranked Huntington (Ind.) and third-ranked Milligan (Tenn.), which is the same order in which they finished at the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships this past April in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

No. 4 Saint Mary (Kan.) and No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) round out the top-5 teams.

The 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships are scheduled to be held Friday, November 19, in Vancouver, Washington.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Preseason - August 26th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2020
FINAL
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (3rd)
559
(18 fpv)
1
2 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
534 2
3 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
525 3
4 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
504
(1 fpv)
5
5 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
478 6
6 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
471
(1 fpv)
8
7 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
432 7
8 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
430 9
9 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
412 10
10 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (6th)
405 4
11 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (11th)
394 11
12 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (17th)
366 12
13 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
341 13
14 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
327 14
15 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
312 ---
16 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
276 15
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
269 16
18 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
262 19
19 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
209 17
20 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads
Rustin Nyce (6th)
201 22
21 doane-neb DOANE (NEB.)
GPAC
Brad Jenny (20th)
182 20
22 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
176 24
23 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
164 23
24 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (6th)
140 27
25 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart
Jerry Monner (18th)
106 28

Also Receiving Votes: Grace (Ind.) 87, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 73, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 44, Eastern Oregon 44, William Carey (Miss.) 43, Northwestern (Iowa) 43, Campbellsville (Ky.) 37, Baker (Kan.) 28, Westmont (Calif.) 28, Spring Arbor (Mich.) 17, Loyola (La.) 13, Friends (Kan.) 11

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