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2016 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 4 (Oct. 26)

October 26, 2016
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By Spencer Scheve, Communications & Sports Information Intern 

KANSAS CITY, Mo – British Columbia remains with the No. 1 ranking in the 2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA national office announced Wednesday. The final Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be released by 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Nov. 6. NAIA National Championship qualifiers will be released by 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 7.

Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 2001):

• British Columbia remains the No. 1-ranked team in the Top 25 Poll, garnering 19 first-place votes and 560 points.
• This is the Thunderbirds third-straight No. 1 ranking and most in British Columbia history.
• Coming in at No. 2 is St. Francis (Ill.), which earned one first-place vote and 539 points. The Saints have been active in the top five for the last 15 polls.
• Rounding out the top five is Southern Oregon at No. 3 with 527 points, Marian (Ind.) at No. 4 with 497 points and Biola (Calif.) at No. 5 with 491 points. 

• There is one new team in the top 10 – No. 10 Shawnee State (Ohio). 
•The biggest moves in the Top 25 is Taylor (Ind.) falling from No. 8 to No. 23, Shawnee State climbing from No. 24 to No. 10 and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) dropping from No. 17 to No. 22.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads the NAIA with four teams in the Top 25 – Southern Oregon, No. 7 College of Idaho, No. 15 Eastern Oregon and No. 25 Oregon Tech.

• There are four conferences tied for second most schools in the Top 25 -- Golden State Athletic Conference, Crossroads League, Sooner Athletic Conference and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tied at three.
• No. 18 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being in the Top 25 poll to an NAIA-best 160-consecutive mentions, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Only three programs have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – Oklahoma City (2014), former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2008) and former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) (2007).
• There are two new teams in the Top 25 –No. 14 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas).
• The last time Bethel was ranked was Sept. 28, when the Pilots were ranked No. 22.
• The last time Wayland Baptist was ranked was Aug. 24, when the Pioneers were ranked No. 25 in the preseason poll.

Poll Methodology: 
• 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"
• The frequency of polls occur bi-weekly for the 2016 season.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Regular Season Top 25 Poll – (Oct. 26)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 British Columbia (19) 560
2 2 St. Francis (Ill.) (1) 539
3 3 Southern Oregon 527
4 5 Marian (Ind.) 497
5 4 Biola (Calif.) 491
6 6 Oklahoma City 468
7 7 College of Idaho 438
8 9 Westmont (Calif.) 406
9 10 Missouri Valley 389
10 24 Shawnee State (Ohio) 383
11 15 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 375
12 11 The Master’s (Calif.) 371
13 14 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 351
14 NR Bethel (Ind.) 305
15 16 Eastern Oregon 301
16 18 Northwestern (Iowa) 287
17 19 Cornerstone (Mich.) 261
18 12 Aquinas (Mich.) 241
19 13 Saint Mary (Kan.) 222
20 22 Indiana Tech 208
21 20 Bacone (Okla.) 196
22 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 184
23 8 Taylor (Ind.) 174
24 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 166
25 21 Oregon Tech 138
 

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 124; Dordt (Iowa) 87; Columbia (Mo.) 55; Milligan (Tenn.) 51; Madonna (Mich.) 35; Rio Grande (Ohio) 33; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 20; Northwest Christian (Ore.)16; Vanguard (Calif.) 15; Cumberlands (Ky.)8; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 4

^Based off 2016 Coaches’ Poll (Oct. 12, 2016)