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2016 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 5 (Nov. 6)

November 06, 2016
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By Spencer Scheve, Communications & Sports Information Intern 

KANSAS CITY, Mo – British Columbia maintains their position in the No. 1 spot during the final regular-season edition of the 2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The NAIA National Championship qualifiers will be announced Monday, Nov. 7 by 5 p.m. CDT.

Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 2001):

• British Columbia remains the No. 1-ranked team in the Top 25 Poll, garnering 20 of the 21 first-place votes and 591 points.
• This is the Thunderbirds fourth-straight No. 1 ranking and most in British Columbia history.
• Coming in at No. 2 is St. Francis (Ill.), which earned one first-place vote and 570 points. The Saints have been active in the top five for the last 16 polls.
• Rounding out the top five is Southern Oregon at No. 3 with 553 points, Marian (Ind.) at No. 4 with 528 points and The Master’s (Calif.) at No. 5 with 522 points. 
• There are two new teams in the top 10 – No. 5 The Master’s and No. 7 Bacone (Okla.). 
•The biggest movement in the Top 25 is Bacone jumping from No. 21 to No. 7 and Taylor (Ind.) climbing from No. 23 to No. 15.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads the NAIA with four teams in the Top 25 – Southern Oregon, No. 6 College of Idaho, No. 18 Oregon Tech and No. 21 Eastern Oregon.
• There are three conferences tied for second most schools in the Top 25 -- Golden State Athletic Conference, Crossroads League and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. All three conferences are tied at three.
• Aquinas (Mich.) snaps a 160 poll streak as it drops out of the Top 25 for the first time since Aug. 22, 2000.
• Only three programs have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – Oklahoma City (2014), former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2008) and former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) (2007).
• There are two new teams in the Top 25 – No. 22 Siena Heights (Mich.) and No. 25 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.).
• The last time Siena Heights was ranked Nov. 23, 2011, when the Saints were ranked No. 14.
• The last time Embry-Riddle was ranked was Oct. 12, when the Eagles were ranked No. 23.

Poll Methodology: 
• 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"
• The frequency of polls occur bi-weekly for the 2016 season.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Regular Season Top 25 Poll – (Nov. 6)

RANK

LAST

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

British Columbia (20)

591

2

2

St. Francis (Ill.) (1)

570

3

3

Southern Oregon

553

4

4

Marian (Ind.)

528

5

12

The Master’s (Calif.)

522

6

7

College of Idaho

467

7

21

Bacone (Okla.)

445

8

8

Westmont (Calif.)

435

9

9

Missouri Valley

431

10

10

Shawnee State (Ohio)

424

11

11

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

393

12

5

Biola (Calif.)

385

13

6

Oklahoma City

372

14

13

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

324

15

23

Taylor (Ind.)

322

16

20

Indiana Tech

309

17

16

Northwestern (Iowa)

299

18

25

Oregon Tech

260

19

14

Bethel (Ind.)

258

20

19

Saint Mary (Kan.)

238

21

15

Eastern Oregon

201

22

NR

Siena Heights (Mich.)

200

23

22

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

187

24

17

Cornerstone (Mich.)

152

25

NR

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

115

       

Others receiving votes: Aquinas (Mich.) 104; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 74; Carroll (Mont.) 58; Dordt (Iowa) 53; Columbia (Mo.) 31; Milligan (Tenn.) 30; Rio Grande (Ohio) 28; Indiana Wesleyan 16; Vanguard (Calif.) 14; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 11; Madonna (Mich.) 9; Goshen (Ind.) 3; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3