By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southern Oregon is the No. 1 team in the sixth regular-season edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The seventh regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 28.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Southern Oregon is No. 1 after receiving 14 of the 19 possible first-place votes and 525 total points. The Raiders hold their sixth-straight No. 1 position.
• No. 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) received three first-place votes and 513 total points.
• The final two first-place votes went to No. 3 Oklahoma City. The Stars received a total of 487 points.
• Oklahoma City and No. 7 College of Idaho each moved up three spots, highlighting the positive movement.
• No. 4 Saint Francis (Ill.) and No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) each fell one spot, which was the biggest drop within the Top 25.
• Westmont (Calif.) and Bacone (Okla.), both tied at No. 25, are the only two newcomers in this week’s installment. This is the first time in school history that Bacone finds itself in the Top 25.
• Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1. Southern Oregon looks to join those two teams.
• Southern Oregon has been in the top 10 in 17-straight polls, dating back to the 2014 Preseason Top 25 Poll.
• No. 15 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being ranked in the Top 25 poll to a NAIA-best 152-consecutive polls, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Southern Oregon now has 37 No. 1 rankings, which is the most of all active NAIA Schools. Former member Malone has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 38.
• Six schools have been ranked in the top 10 all season – Southern Oregon, Lewis-Clarke State, St. Francis, Carroll, No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Sooner Athletic Conference and Crossroads league leads all leagues with four teams represented each.
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
• 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. 6 (Oct. 21)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Southern Oregon (14)||525|
|2||2||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (3)||513|
|3||6||Oklahoma City (2)||487|
|4||3||St. Francis (Ill.)||483|
|6||6||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||441|
|7||10||College of Idaho||418|
|8||8||Dalton State (Ga.)||408|
|11||13||Saint Mary (Kan.)||360|
|16||17||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||265|
|17||19||The Master’s (Calif.)||246|
|20||22||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||190|
|24||25||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||132|
Dropped from the Top 25: British Columbia
Others Receiving Votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 96; Biola (Calif.) 93; Northwestern (Iowa) 75; Campbellsville (Ky.) 17; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 15; Dickinson State (N.D.) 13; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 12; Goshen (Ind.) 8; Midland (Neb.) 5.