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2012 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

September 12, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southern Oregon continues to set atop the first edition of the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office released Wednesday. The Raiders placed first in its season opener of the season, the Humboldt State Invitational. Southern Oregon received 19 of the 21 first-place votes and 590 points to earn the No. 1 ranking.

Cal State San Marcos and Oklahoma Baptist jumped two spots in this week's poll. The Cougars earned the last two first-place votes and tallied 558 points to gain the No. 2 position. The Bison received 549 points to receive the No. 3 ranking. Falling two spots in this week's poll is Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). The Warriors collected 541 points for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top five is Shawnee State (Ohio) who tallied 497 points.

Two teams that make the jump into the poll are No. 17 Arizona Christian and No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan.

Two programs, St. Francis (Ill.) (No. 9) and Park (Mo.) (No. 22) fell out of this week's poll.

Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four teams. Representing the GSAC are No. 7 The Master's (Calif.), No. 15 Westmont (Calif.), Arizona Christian and No. 21 Biola (Calif.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The first regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 19.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Four teams have started the season ranked No. 1 and gone on to win the national championship: Former NAIA Member Malone (Ohio) - 2007, 08 and 09; Virginia Intermont - 2005 and 06; Former NAIA Member Minot State (N.D.) - 2002; Life (Ga.) - 1999 and 2000... There has only been one program that has been able to maintain the No. 1 ranking for an entire season with Malone accomplishing the feat in 2007 and 08... Southern Oregon has been ranked No. 1 13 times which ranks them four all-time; two behind former NAIA member Virginia Intermont... Malone has been ranked No. 1 the most with 38 selections... Arizona Christian enters the Top 25 for the first time in school history.

2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches Top 25 Poll - No. 1

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southern Oregon (19) 590
2 4 Cal State San Marcos (2) 558
3 5 Oklahoma Baptist 549
4 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 541
5 7 Shawnee State (Ohio) 497
6 8 British Columbia 476
7 6 The Master’s (Calif.) 463
8 16 Southwestern (Kan.) 421
9 15 College of Idaho 418
10 13 Aquinas (Mich.) 414
11 3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 393
12 11 Eastern Oregon 377
13 14 Morningside (Iowa) 369
14 10 Bryan (Tenn.) 363
15 12 Westmont (Calif.) 348
16 16 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 325
17 NR Arizona Christian 266
18 19 Concordia (Neb.) 265
19 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 225
20 20 Cornerstone (Mich.) 214
21 18 Biola (Calif.) 195
22 RV Indiana Wesleyan 158
23 24 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 128
24 25 Baker (Kan.) 123
25 23 Cumberlands (Ky.) 112

Others receiving votes: Columbia (Mo.) 103; Emmanuel (Ga.) 90; Milligan (Tenn.) 68; Saint Mary (Kan.) 65; Siena Heights (Mich.) 65; Park (Mo.) 58; Goshen (Ind.) 44; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 26; Lee (Tenn.) 20; Carroll (Mont.) 19; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 16; Graceland (Iowa) 11; Northwestern (Iowa) 10; Vanguard (Calif.) 10; Dakota State (S.D.) 7; Concordia (Ore.) 4.