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2012 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5

October 10, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southern Oregon continues to hold on to a slim lead on the No. 1 spot in the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Raiders received 12-of-21 first-place votes and tallied 579 points, for its sixth-consecutive week at the top of the poll.

Southern Oregon was idle last week. They return to action on Oct. 13th when they participate in the Cascade Conference Preview, which is being held at Lents Park in Portland, Ore.

Nos. 2 - 5 remained the same as last week as Cal State San Marcos gained five first-place votes and garnered 574 points for the No. 2 spot. St. Francis (Ill.) collected the last four first-place votes and 558 points to remain at No. 3. No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist earned 539 points, while No. 5 British Columbia notched 508 points.

Jumping to No. 16 from No. 24 is Morningside (Iowa) after taking second place, behind NCAA Division II Sioux Falls (S.D.), at the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Cross Country Invitational. The Mustangs were led by Taylor Chapman's fifth place finish.

A trio of newcomers, No. 17 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 23 Cornerstone (Mich.) and No. 24 Saint Mary (Kan.) join the Top 25 this week. All three of these teams have been ranked this year. Last week, Wayland Baptist won the South Plains College (Texas) Cross Country Festival. Cody Risch led Cornerstone to a fifth place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championship on Oct. 5, and Saint Mary won the Haskell (Kan.) Invitational on Oct. 6.

Baker (Kan.)(No. 22.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (No. 23) and Northwest Christian (Ore.) (No. 25) all fell out of the Top 25 this week.

Thirteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference with five teams. Representing the Cascade are Southern Oregon, No. 8 Concordia (Ore.), No. 12 College of Idaho, No. 14 Eastern Oregon, and No. 25 Oregon Tech.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The sixth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 17.

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 16 times which
places the Raiders in...Malone has been ranked No. 1 the most with 38 selections... Aquinas (Mich.) has been ranked in the Top 25 for 121-consecutive weeks, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000... 14 teams held steady in the poll... After not being in the polls last week, No. 17 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 23 Cornerstone (Mich.) and No. 24 Saint Mary (Kan.) rejoin the poll this week.

2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches Top 25 Poll - No. 5

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southern Oregon (12) 579
2 2 Cal State San Marcos (5) 574
3 3 St. Francis (Ill.) (4) 558
4 4 Oklahoma Baptist 539
5 5 British Columbia 508
6 6 Shawnee State (Ohio) 480
7 9 Southwestern (Kan.) 473
8 7 Concordia (Ore.) 468
9 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 449
10 10 The Master’s (Calif.) 414
11 11 Aquinas (Mich.) 388
12 12 College of Idaho 382
13 13 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 332
14 14 Eastern Oregon 325
15 16 Bryan (Tenn.) 308
16 24 Morningside (Iowa) 288
17 RV Wayland Baptist (Texas) 265
18 15 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 262
19 17 Indian Wesleyan 245
20 19 Concordia (Neb.) 238
21 18 Westmont (Calif.) 199
22 20 Cumberlands (Ky.) 175
23 RV Cornerstone (Mich.) 159
24 RV Saint Mary (Kan.) 144
25 21 Oregon Tech 136

Others receiving votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 114; Baker (Kan.) 100; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 81; Goshen (Ind.) 78; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 43; Emmanuel (Ga.) 27; Friends (Kan.) 21; Vanguard (Calif.) 16; Dickinson State (N.D.) 13; Dordt (Iowa) 12; Berea (Ky.) 9; Indiana Tech 8; Doane (Neb.) 6; Siena Heights (Mich.) 6; Arizona Christian 5; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3.