By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City is the new No. 1 in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The NAIA Cross Country National Championship qualifiers will be announced on Monday, Nov. 9 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. The postseason Top 25 poll will be released on Nov. 26.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• After receiving 11 first-place votes and 432 points, No. 1 Oklahoma City sits atop the poll for the first time this season.
• No. 2 Southern Oregon, who has been No. 1 the entire season, received four first-place votes and 423 points.
• The final first-place vote went to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). The Warriors received a total of 409 points.
• Northwestern (Iowa) moved up five spots from No. 24 to No. 19 highlighting the positive movement within the Top 25.
• The biggest fall in this week’s installment was Morningside (Iowa) as the Mustangs dropped nine positions from No. 12 to No. 21.
• Two new teams join this week’s poll – No. 20 Bacone (Okla.) and No. 22 Biola (Calif.).
• Bacone has only been ranked once in school history and that came on Oct. 21, 2015.
• Biola was last ranked on Sept. 16, when it was No. 25.
• Westmont (Calif.) (No. 16) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (No. 25) were the two teams that dropped out of the Top 25.
• Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA-member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Southern Oregon has been in the top 10 in 19-straight polls, dating back to the 2014 Preseason Top 25 Poll.
• No. 12 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being in the Top 25 poll to a NAIA-best 154-consecutive mentions, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Former-member Malone and Southern Oregon are tied for the most No. 1 rankings with 38.
• Six schools have been ranked in the top ten all season – Southern Oregon, Lewis-Clark State, No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 8 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
• Thirteen of the 21 conferences/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in the Top 25. The Crossroads League leads all leagues with four teams represented – Indiana Wesleyan, No. 13 Marian (Ind.), No. 16 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 25 Bethel (Ind.)
• The Sooner Athletic Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference each have three teams represented each.
• Thirty-six teams have been ranked this season.
• Two teams have been ranked No. 1 – Southern Oregon and Oklahoma City.
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) 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 appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 6 (Oct. 21)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||3||Oklahoma City (11)||432|
|2||1||Southern Oregon (4)||423|
|3||3||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1)||409|
|5||4||Saint Mary (Kan.)||382|
|7||8||St. Francis (Ill.)||345|
|9||9||College of Idaho||326|
|10||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||318|
|11||11||Dalton State (Ga.)||302|
|T13||14||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||247|
|15||19||The Master’s (Calif.)||228|
|23||21||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||137|
|24||23||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||103|
Dropped from the Top 25: Westmont (Calif.) (No. 26) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (No. 25)
Others receiving votes: Westmont (Calif.) 87; Cornerstone (Mich.) 72; Campbellsville (Ky.) 40; Concordia (Neb.) 26; Eastern Oregon 23; Milligan (Tenn.) 22; Shawnee State (Ohio) 22; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 9; Texas Wesleyan 7; Dickinson State (N.D.) 6; Doane (Neb.) 3.