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2012 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2

September 19, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southern Oregon held its No. 1 ranking in the second edition of the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Raiders received 18-of-20 first-place votes and collected 559 points to retain the No. 1 spot for the third-straight week.

Cal State San Marcos remains at No. 2 as the Cougars tallied 532 points. Collecting the last two first-place votes and coming in at No. 3 is St. Francis (Ill.), with 519 points. Moving back to No. 4 this week is Oklahoma Baptist as they collected 498 points. Rounding out the top five is British Columbia, who tallied 481 points.

Joining the poll this week is No. 24 Saint Mary (Kan.). The Spires finished second, behind only No. 8 Southwestern (Kan.), in the Southern Stampede XC Invitational this past weekend.

Making the biggest move this week are Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Cumberlands (Ky.) as both schools moved four spots in the poll. The Eagles improved to No. 15, from No. 19, after finishing third out of 17 teams at the Mountain Dew Invitational (Fla.). Embry-Riddle finished behind NCAA Division I Florida and North Florida. Cumberlands jumped from No. 15 to No. 21, after a third-place finish at the Cedarville Invitational (Ohio).

Two programs, Indiana Wesleyan (No. 22) and Baker (Kan.) (No. 24) fell out of this week's poll.

Thirteen 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. 17 Westmont (Calif.), No. 19 Arizona Christian and No. 25 Biola (Calif.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 26.

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 14 times which ranks them fourth all-time; one behind former NAIA member Virginia Intermont... Malone has been ranked No. 1 the most with 38 selections... For the second consecutive week a school is making their first appearance in the Top 25 as Saint Mary (Kan.) joins the poll.

2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches Top 25 Poll - No. 2

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southern Oregon (18) 559
2 4 Cal State San Marcos 532
3 NR St. Francis (Ill.) (2) 519
4 3 Oklahoma Baptist 498
5 6 British Columbia 481
6 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 479
7 7 The Master’s (Calif.) 435
8 8 Southwestern (Kan.) 432
9 10 Aquinas (Mich.) 417
10 5 Shawnee State (Ohio) 390
11 9 College of Idaho 388
12 11 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 339
13 12 Eastern Oregon 337
14 13 Morningside (Iowa) 317
15 19 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 307
16 14 Bryan (Tenn.) 304
17 15 Westmont (Calif.) 282
18 16 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 253
19 17 Arizona Christian 216
20 18 Concordia (Neb.) 206
21 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) 185
21 20 Cornerstone (Mich.) 185
23 23 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 157
24 RV Saint Mary (Kan.) 127
25 21 Biola (Calif.) 123

Others receiving votes: Indiana Wesleyan 105; Baker (Kan.) 96; Concordia (Ore.) 59; Emmanuel (Ga.) 40; Carroll (Mont.) 25; Columbia (Mo.) 25; Dickinson State (N.D.) 24; Berea (Ky.) 16; Robert Morris (Ill.) 15; Milligan (Tenn.) 15; Goshen (Ind.) 11; Lee (Tenn.) 9; Siena Heights (Mich.) 8; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 6; Dordt (Iowa) 3.