2022 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Expect another team title for Milligan (Tenn.) at the NAIA Cross Country Championships, if the final edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll has any bearing on the results next Friday in Tallahassee, Florida.

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

The Buffs remained No. 1 in the National Coaches’ Poll and hauled in 15 of 18 first-place votes from the electorate. Milligan (Tenn.) just romped to victory at the AAC Championships this past weekend, going 1-2-3-6-8 for 20 points. Extend the scope to the Buffs’ top-7 runners and each of them finished in the top-10. Milligan (Tenn.) had seven in before any other team had four.

The Master’s (Calif.) didn’t budge from the No. 2 spot – and justifiably so. The Mustangs, who earned two first-place votes from the coaches, recently dominated the proceedings at the GSAC Championships, scoring just 24 points to beat runner-up No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) by 28 points. The Master’s (Calif.) put its entire scoring lineup in the top-10 and its other two varsity athletes finished in the top-15.

Dordt (Iowa) steamrolled the field at the GPAC Championships and held steady at No. 3. Joe Anderson held it down for the Defenders this past weekend, as he gave them the ultimate low stick at 25:29.7. Behind Anderson, Dordt (Iowa) athletes finished 2-3-4-7 for 17 points.

Indiana Wesleyan earned the final outstanding first-place vote after a victory at the Crossroads League Championships this past weekend. The fourth-ranked Wildcats, led by Eli Fullerton’s individual title, beat five other nationally-ranked programs with 40 points.

Oklahoma City jumped four spots from No. 9 to No. 5 following its emphatic victory at the Sonner Athletic Conference Championships. The Stars went 1-2-3-4-5 for 15 points.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 5: No. 6 Southern Oregon, No. 7 Montreat (N.C.), No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), No. 9 Saint Mary (Kan.), No. 10 College of Idaho.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Week 5 - November 7th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (24th)
495
(15 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (15th)
483
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (8th)
458 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (1)
John Foss (35th)
451
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC (1)
Frezer Legesse (2nd)
432 ▲ 4
(LW: 9)
6 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (1)
Grier Gatlin (19th)
420 ▲ 5
(LW: 11)
7 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
402 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (44th)
378 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (10th)
359 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (2)
Dominic Bolin (1st)
351 ▲ 4
(LW: 14)
11 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (11th)
344 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (2)
Austin Roark (1st)
331 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 eastern-oregon EASTERN OREGON
Cascade (3)
Ben Welch (31st)
325 ▼ 8
(LW: 5)
14 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
Quinn White (4th)
284 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (3rd)
258 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 grand-view-iowa GRAND VIEW (IOWA)
The Heart (1)
Miradieu Joseph (1st)
242 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Jake Poyner (4th)
241 ▼ 4
(LW: 13)
18 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade (4)
Jack Kegg (12th)
224 ▲ 4
(LW: 22)
19 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
203 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade (5)
Mike Collins (26th)
196 ▼ 5
(LW: 15)
21 spring-arbor-mich SPRING ARBOR (MICH.)
Crossroads (5)
Bryan Burk (3rd)
176 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
21 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (3rd)
176 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
23 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (4th)
111 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
24 lawrence-tech-mich LAWRENCE TECH (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
106 ▼ 5
(LW: 19)
25 vanguard-calif VANGUARD (CALIF.)
GSAC (3)
Bryan Wilkins (35th)
102
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Goshen (Ind.) 97, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 79, Northwest (Wash.) 76, IU East (Ind.) 59, Montana Western 30, Kansas Wesleyan 19, Southeastern (Fla.) 17, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 8, Concordia (Neb.) 6, Shawnee State (Ohio) 6, Arizona Christian 3, Benedictine (Kan.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 24 Goshen (Ind.)



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
Concordia (Neb.)RVRVRVRVRVRV
Benedictine (Kan.)RVRVRVRVRVRV
Montana WesternRVRVRV
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)RVRVRV
Kansas WesleyanRVRV
Arizona ChristianRV
Montana TechRVRVRVRVRV
Marian (Ind.)RVRVRVRVRV
Cumberlands (Ky.)RV
Southwestern (Kan.)RVRVRV
Doane (Neb.)RVRVRV
Cumberland (Tenn.)RV
John Brown (Ark.)RVRV
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RV
William Carey (Miss.)RV
Campbellsville (Ky.)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