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2017 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 3

October 11, 2017
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By Trevor Lininger, NAIA Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – British Columbia jumps two spots to join Southern Oregon as the No. 1 ranked team in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)

  • This is British Columbia’s fifth ever No. 1 ranking in program history, and first since Nov. 6, 2016
  • The Thunderbirds garnered 11 first place votes, while Southern Oregon received the other 10
  • Southern Oregon has now been ranked No. 1 for five straight polls
  • Doane (Neb.) makes its first appearance in the Top 25 in 2017 at No. 22. Re-joining the Top 25 also are Aquinas (Mich.) at No. 23 and Wayland Baptist (Texas) at No. 25
  • Southern Oregon still holds the record for most No. 1 rankings, with 34 total including this week’s poll
  • The longest active streak of being in the Top 25 also belongs to the Raiders of Southern Oregon, with 88 straight appearances, dating back to 2008

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) 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 appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”

For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2017 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Oct. 11)

RANK PREVIOUS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 3 British Columbia (11) 581
1 1 Southern Oregon (10) 581
3 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 552
4 5 College of Idaho 522
5 7 Oklahoma City 479
6 14 Columbia (Mo.) 475
7 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 461
7 2 St. Francis (Ill.) 461
9 8 Eastern Oregon 457
10 11 Saint Mary (Kan.) 435
11 9 Missouri Valley 388
12 15 Cornerstone (Mich.) 384
13 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 368
14 10 The Master's (Calif.) 362
15 13 Taylor (Ind.) 334
16 18 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 315
17 22 Westmont (Calif.) 283
18 19 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 250
19 20 Indiana Wesleyan 242
20 21 Indiana Tech 231
21 23 Texas Wesleyan 198
22 NR Doane (Neb.) 181
23 NR Aquinas (Mich.) 173
24 25 Milligan (Tenn.) 147
25 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 134

Others Receiving Votes: Oregon Tech 104; Shawnee State (Ohio) 93; Siena Heights (Mich.) 67; Marian (Ind.) 64; Reinhardt (Ga.) 58; Madonna (Mich.) 25; Carroll (Mont.) 21; Cumberlands (Ky.) 9; Montreat (N.C.) 5

Dropped From Top 25: Oregon Tech, Shawnee State (Ohio), and Madonna (Mich.)