By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City remains in the top spot in the second regular-season edition of the 2014 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA national office announced Wednesday.
Dating back to 1999, the No-1 ranking is the Stars’ fourth overall top spot in school history, and fourth-consecutive week being in the top position. Oklahoma City – the defending national champion – has held tight to the ranking since the 2013 postseason standings, and received 621 points to go along with 20 first-place votes.
NAIA All-American runner Peter Koskey, a junior from Keringet, Kenya, has continued to help carry the Stars through the early part of their schedule, finishing second out of a field of 154 runners at the NCAA Division II Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 20 in Joplin, Mo. He finished the 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:49.
For the second time this season, Koskey was named Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Sept. 22.
Next up for OCU is the Chile Pepper Invitational on Oct. 4, which is hosted by the NCAA Division I Arkansas.
Southern Oregon finds itself at No. 2, and continues to be a presence towards the top of the poll. By receiving 594 points and one first-place vote, the Raiders have been in the top-two of the rankings in 33-straight polls. The 2013 national runner-up has been solidified in this standing since Aug. 22, 2012.
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) comes in third, taking home the final first-place vote (584 points), followed by St. Francis (Ill.) in fourth (559) and British Columbia (541) coming in at No. 5.
There was not a lot of movement in the Top 25 this week, as no new team entered the poll. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Carroll (Mont.) both moved up three spots from their respective positions last week, while two other teams – Missouri Valley and Taylor (Ind.) – fell two slots from their rankings in the Sept. 17 poll.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Top 25, led by four schools from the Cascade Collegiate Conference: Southern Oregon, No. 12 Eastern Oregon, No. 16 Northwest Christian (Ore.) and No. 18 College of Idaho. Eight conferences are tied for second with two schools each in the rankings.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2014 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here. The third regular season Top 25 poll will be Oct. 1.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999) Today’s ranking is the fourth-straight and fourth No. 1 ranking in Oklahoma City history… Dating back to Aug. 22, 2012, Southern Oregon been ranked in the top-two in the last 33-consecutive polls… Since 1999, only one program has been ranked No. 1 for an entire season: former member Malone (Ohio) in 2007 and 08… No. 6 Aquinas (Mich.) has been ranked among the Top 25 in an NAIA-best 138-consecutive polls, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000… Following Aquinas are Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) with 85, Cal State San Marcos with 63 and Southern Oregon with 61… Malone has the most No. 1 rankings with 38… Following Malone are Southern Oregon with 21, Life (Ga.) with 18 and Virginia Intermont with 15… Overall, 17 different programs have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Oklahoma City looks to become the second program in NAIA men’s cross country history to run the table being ranked No. 1 since Malone in 2008.
2014 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Sept. 24)
|RANK||LAST^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma City (20)||621|
|2||2||Southern Oregon (1)||594|
|3||3||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)||584|
|4||4||St. Francis (Ill.)||559|
|7||7||Shawnee State (Ohio)||480|
|9||9||Cal State San Marcos||462|
|11||10||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||421|
|13||12||The Master's (Calif.)||397|
|16||16||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||315|
|17||17||Saint Mary (Kan.)||312|
|18||18||College of Idaho||279|
|24||25||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||150|
Others Receiving Votes: Concordia (Ore.) 114; Milligan (Tenn.) 106; Oklahoma Baptist 80; Northwestern (Iowa) 59; Baker (Kan.) 47; Arizona Christian 30; Columbia (Mo.) 30; Dordt (Iowa) 16; Oregon Tech 16; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 11.
^ 2014 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Sept. 17)