By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Southern Oregon Raiders are the No. 1 team in the fourth regular-season NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The fifth regular-poll will be released on Oct. 14.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Southern Oregon is the unanimous No. 1 pick in this week’s installment. The Raiders earn the top spot for the fifth-straight poll after receiving 20 first-place votes and 560 total points.
• There are two new additions to the Top 25 – No. 13 Texas Wesleyan and No. 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas).
• This is the first time Texas Wesleyan is in the Top 25.
• Westmont (Calif.), formerly No. 23, and Cornerstone (Mich.), formerly No. 25, were the only two teams to drop out of this week’s polls.
• College of Idaho highlighted the positive movement, as the Yotes climbed four spots to No. 8.
• Oklahoma City had the biggest drop of the poll, falling 15 spots from No. 4 to No. 19.
• Southern Oregon has been voted in the top 10 in 15-straight polls, dating back to the 2014 Preseason Top 25.
• No. 14 Aquinas (Mich.) has found themselves in the Top 25 for a NAIA-best 150-consecutive polls, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Only two schools have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008.).
• Southern Oregon has the most No. 1 rankings of all active NAIA Schools, with 35. Former NAIA member Malone has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 38.
• No. 6 Carroll (Mont.), No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 9 Morningside (Iowa), No. 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. Southern Oregon and St. Francis (Ill.) have been ranked in the top 10 all season.
• Cascade Collegiate Conference (Southern Oregon, College of Idaho, No. 23 Oregon Tech and No. 25 Northwest Christian (Ore.)) and Crossroads League (No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 10 Taylor (Ind.), No. 17 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 24 Marian (Ind.)) leads all leagues with four teams represented.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 4 (Oct. 7)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Southern Oregon (20)||560|
|2||2||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||537|
|4||7||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||500|
|5||6||St. Francis (Ill.)||477|
|8||12||College of Idaho||431|
|11||11||Saint Mary (Kan.)||383|
|15||RV||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||276|
|16||16||Shawnee State (Ohio)||275|
|18||18||The Master’s (Calif.)||256|
|21||21||Dalton State (Ga.)||178|
|25||19||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||143|
Dropped from the Top 25: Cornerstone (Mich.) and Westmont (Calif.)
Others receiving votes: Cornerstone (Mich.) 133; Northwestern (Iowa) 77; Westmont (Calif.) 70; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 65; Bacone (Okla.) 57; Goshen (Ind.) 22; Milligan (Tenn.) 20; Dickinson State (N.D.) 17; Midland (Neb.) 14; Campbellsville (Ky.) 13; Kansas Wesleyan 5; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 3.