2022 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cross country is back!

Defending champion Milligan (Tenn.) is 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 Buffaloes received 16 of 19 possible first-place votes.

NAIA — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Milligan (Tenn.)
Indiana Wesleyan
Dordt (Iowa)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
1
Milligan (Tenn.)
2
Indiana Wesleyan
3
Dordt (Iowa)
4
St. Francis (Ill.)
5
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Following the Buffaloes is Indiana Wesleyan, which received the other three first-place votes. Dordt (Iowa), St. Francis (Ill.) and Saint Mary (Kan.) round out the top-5. The poll reflects a major shake-up at the top compared to last year’s finish at the national championships, when Saint Mary was runner-up, Indiana Wesleyan was third, St. Francis (Ill.) fourth and Dordt eighth.

The 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships are scheduled to be held Friday, November 18, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. This is the first time in the 67-year history of the NAIA men’s championships that the race will be held in the Sunshine State.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Preseason - August 25th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (24th)
527
(16 fpv)
1
2 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (35th)
511
(3 fpv)
3
3 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (8th)
473 8
4 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (11th)
462 4
5 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (10th)
452 2
6 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (15th)
439 7
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Dominic Bolin (1st)
439 5
8 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Frezer Legesse (2nd)
415 10
9 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (3rd)
393 9
10 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (19th)
374 14
11 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (3rd)
367 15
12 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (10th)
349 13
13 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (31st)
318 20
14 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart
Miradieu Joseph (1st)
287 18
15 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (18th)
284 19
16 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
Jake Poyner (4th)
277 22
17 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (26th)
270 6
18 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
251 16
19 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (3rd)
224 17
20 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (4th)
213 11
21 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (14th)
192 21
22 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
159 25
23 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads
Rustin Nyce (7th)
154 24
24 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (44th)
146 23
25 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (12th)
136 12

Also Receiving Votes: Carroll (Mont.) 95, Marian (Ind.) 79, William Carey (Miss.) 48, Benedictine (Kan.) 33, Montana Tech 32, Campbellsville (Ky.) 22, Concordia (Neb.) 16, Dakota State (S.D.) 7, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 6, Spring Arbor (Mich.) 6, John Brown (Ark.) 5



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Indiana Wesleyan21
Milligan (Tenn.)12
Saint Mary (Kan.)53
Dordt (Iowa)34
The Master's (Calif.)65
Eastern Oregon136
Oklahoma City87
Cornerstone (Mich.)118
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)179
Grace (Ind.)1610
Southern Oregon1011
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)1212
Aquinas (Mich.)2213
St. Francis (Ill.)414
Montreat (N.C.)1814
College of Idaho616
Grand View (Iowa)1417
Spring Arbor (Mich.)RV18
Taylor (Ind.)2019
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)1920
Shawnee State (Ohio)1521
Northwest (Wash.)2122
Huntington (Ind.)923
Westmont (Calif.)2424
Oregon Tech2525
John Brown (Ark.)RVRV
Benedictine (Kan.)RVRV
Carroll (Mont.)RVRV
Concordia (Neb.)RVRV
Lawrence Tech (Mich.)RV
Marian (Ind.)RVRV
Montana TechRVRV
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)RV
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)RV
Southwestern (Kan.)RV
Doane (Neb.)RV
Goshen (Ind.)23RV
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RV
Dakota State (S.D.)RV
William Carey (Miss.)RV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RV

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2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/22
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 10/3
Thu 10/6
Week 3Mon 10/10
Thu 10/13
Week 4Mon 10/24
Thu 10/27
Oct. 29-31, Nov. 4-5: Conference Champs
Week 5Mon 11/7
Mon 11/7
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs - Vancouver, Wash.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/18