2022 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS — The rankings are changing.

Here is the newest edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the NAIA National Office on Wednesday. The poll is conducted by tallying votes from 20 coaches, who represent each conference in the division.

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

Indiana Wesleyan leapfrogged Milligan (Tenn.) into the No. 1 spot, even though the Buffaloes have four more first-place votes. The Wildcats opened their season two weeks ago at the IWU Twilight Invitational with a resounding victory over several top-25 programs. IWU put its entire scoring lineup in the top-15, led by the 1-2 punch of Eli Fullerton and Steven Ott in third and fourth place, respectively.

Saint Mary (Kan.) jumped two spots from No.5 to No. 3 after a strong showing at the Missouri Southern Stampede this past weekend. The Spires finished fifth in the University/Open 8k in a controlled effort.

Former No. 3 Dordt (Iowa) fell one spot to No. 4, while The Master’s (Calif.) cracked the top-5 for the first time this season at No. 5. The Mustangs climbed two spots after a seventh-place showing at the UCR Invitational this past weekend, where it beat several NCAA DI programs in the process.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams: No. 6 Eastern Oregon, No. 7 Oklahoma City, No. 8 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 10 Grace (Ind.).

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 18, as that’s when the 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships will be held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Week 1 - September 22nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (35th)
548
(7 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (24th)
540
(11 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (10th)
540 ▲ 2
(LW: 5)
4 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (8th)
501 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (15th)
493
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade
Ben Welch (31st)
481 ▲ 7
(LW: 13)
7 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Frezer Legesse (2nd)
446
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (3rd)
432 ▲ 3
(LW: 11)
9 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (26th)
417 ▲ 8
(LW: 17)
10 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
Jake Poyner (4th)
374 ▲ 6
(LW: 16)
11 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (19th)
353 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (10th)
345 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
323 ▲ 9
(LW: 22)
14 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (11th)
319 ▼ 10
(LW: 4)
14 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
319 ▲ 4
(LW: 18)
16 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Dominic Bolin (1st)
307 ▼ 10
(LW: 6)
17 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart
Miradieu Joseph (1st)
299 ▼ 3
(LW: 14)
18 spring-arbor-mich SPRING ARBOR (MICH.)
Crossroads
Bryan Burk (3rd)
267
(LW: RV)
19 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (4th)
220 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (3rd)
213 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South
Eric Putnam (18th)
209 ▼ 6
(LW: 15)
22 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (14th)
193 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (3rd)
155 ▼ 14
(LW: 9)
24 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (44th)
135 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (12th)
108 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Benedictine (Kan.) 99, Goshen (Ind.) 97, Concordia (Neb.) 87, Carroll (Mont.) 72, Marian (Ind.) 23, Doane (Neb.) 19, Southwestern (Kan.) 18, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 16, Montana Tech 15, John Brown (Ark.) 11, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 5, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 23 Goshen (Ind.)



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
Doane (Neb.)RV
Lawrence Tech (Mich.)RV
Marian (Ind.)RVRV
Montana TechRVRV
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)RV
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)RV
Southwestern (Kan.)RV
John Brown (Ark.)RVRV
Benedictine (Kan.)RVRV
Carroll (Mont.)RVRV
Concordia (Neb.)RVRV
Goshen (Ind.)23RV
William Carey (Miss.)RV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RV
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RV
Dakota State (S.D.)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