2022 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo.Milligan (Tenn.) might have remained No. 1 in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, but it has company in the guise of The Master’s (Calif.).

Keep reading to find out what happened in the newest edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the NAIA National Office on Thursday.

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

Milligan (Tenn.) captured 12 of 21 possible first-place votes in Week 3, following a strong, runner-up effort at the Royals XC Challenge this past weekend. The Buffaloes gave NCAA DII Augusta a run for its money over the 8k distance at McAlpine Park, but depth eventually won. Milligan (Tenn.) did, however, put two runners in the scored top-6, led by Will Stockley.

The Master’s (Calif.) turned an upset victory at the FSU Invitational into a big jump up the leaderboard. The Mustangs, who traveled more than 2,000 miles to Tallahassee, Florida, to preview the course that will host the upcoming NAIA Championships, took down NCAA DI Florida State by 13 points. The Master’s (Calif.) was the only squad in the 30-team field with two athletes in the top-5, three athletes in the top-15 and four athletes in the top-20. The Mustangs snagged nine first-place votes from the coaches and improved their rank from No. 4 to No. 2.

Dordt (Iowa) held steady at No. 3 for yet another week. The Defenders last competed at their own Defender Holiday Inn Express Classic and romped to a 33-point victory over No. 13 Grand View (Iowa). Reigning M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Joe Anderson won the race.

Eastern Oregon took a step forward, going from No. 5 to No. 4, while former No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan tumbled three spots to No. 5 after a fourth-place showing at the FSU Invitational.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Saint Mary (Kan.), No. 7 Oklahoma City, No. 8 Grace (Ind.), No. 9 College of Idaho and No. 10 Montreat (N.C.).

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 18, because 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 3 - October 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (24th)
583
(12 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (15th)
574 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (8th)
554 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade (3)
Ben Welch (31st)
519 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (1)
John Foss (35th)
517 ▼ 3
(LW: 2)
6 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (10th)
491 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Frezer Legesse (2nd)
473 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Jake Poyner (4th)
452 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (2)
Dominic Bolin (1st)
445 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
415 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade (5)
Mike Collins (26th)
389 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Austin Roark (1st)
380 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart (1)
Miradieu Joseph (1st)
379 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads (6)
Rustin Nyce (7th)
344 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (3rd)
323 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (1)
Grier Gatlin (19th)
314 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (11th)
285 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (4)
Jack Kegg (12th)
260 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
258 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
Quinn White (4th)
221 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 spring-arbor-mich SPRING ARBOR (MICH.)
Crossroads (5)
Bryan Burk (3rd)
206 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (44th)
180 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 lawrence-tech-mich LAWRENCE TECH (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
145 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 shawnee-state-ohio SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)
Mid-South (1)
Eric Putnam (18th)
138 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (10th)
111 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 101, Benedictine (Kan.) 71, Northwest (Wash.) 61, Carroll (Mont.) 59, Marian (Ind.) 58, Concordia (Neb.) 53, Doane (Neb.) 13, Southwestern (Kan.) 10, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 6, Montana Western 6, Montana Tech 3

Dropped Out: (none)



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
Dordt (Iowa)3433331
Milligan (Tenn.)1211112
The Master's (Calif.)6542223
Indiana Wesleyan2125444
St. Francis (Ill.)41417178114
Oklahoma City8777956
College of Idaho6169914107
Grace (Ind.)16108813178
Southern Oregon101116161169
Huntington (Ind.)9231212121210
Saint Mary (Kan.)536610911
Eastern Oregon1365451312
Grand View (Iowa)14171313171613
Montreat (N.C.)181410107714
Cornerstone (Mich.)1181515181515
Taylor (Ind.)20192020161416
Westmont (Calif.)242422226817
Shawnee State (Ohio)15212524RV18
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)1791111152019
Aquinas (Mich.)22131819211920
Oregon Tech25251818221821
Goshen (Ind.)23RV141424RV22
Spring Arbor (Mich.)RV182121202123
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)1920RVRV232124
Carroll (Mont.)RVRVRVRV252325
Lawrence Tech (Mich.)RV2423192426
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)RVRVRV27
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)12122325RVRV28
Southeastern (Fla.)RV29
IU East (Ind.)RVRVRV30
Vanguard (Calif.)RV2531
Missouri Baptist32
Dakota State (S.D.)RV33
Florida College34
Northwest (Wash.)2122RVRVRVRV
Benedictine (Kan.)RVRVRVRVRVRV
Concordia (Neb.)RVRVRVRVRVRV
Montana WesternRVRVRV
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)RVRVRV
Kansas WesleyanRVRV
Arizona ChristianRV
Marian (Ind.)RVRVRVRVRV
Montana TechRVRVRVRVRV
Cumberlands (Ky.)RV
Doane (Neb.)RVRVRV
Southwestern (Kan.)RVRVRV
Cumberland (Tenn.)RV
John Brown (Ark.)RVRV
William Carey (Miss.)RV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RV
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RV

USTFCCCA NAIA Cross Country

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
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/27
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 29-31, Nov. 4-5: Conference Champs
Week 5Mon 11/7
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/7
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs - Vancouver, Wash.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/18
MEN | WOMEN