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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Reigning national champion Southern Oregon landed at No. 1 in the first regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Raiders were awarded 16 first-place votes for 552 points and its eighth-straight No. 1-ranking.
The top-six teams maintained their position from the Preseason Poll. Second-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) tallied 543 points and a pair of first-place nods, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma Christian with 521 points. No. 4 Shorter (Ga.) once again earned first-place votes, earning two, for 506 points. British Columbia rounds out the top five with 492 points. Shawnee State (Ohio) checked in at No. 6.
Westmont (Calif.), St. Francis (Ill.) and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) jumped into the Top 25, replacing College of Idaho, Vanguard (Calif.) and Siena Heights (Mich.). No. 15 Westmont returned to the poll after last appearing at No. 24 on Sept. 15, 2010 and No. 24 St. Francis was last ranked 20th in the final poll of 2010. Rocky Mountain’s No. 25-ranking is the first-ever for the Battlin’ Bears, dating back to 1999.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25. The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each landed a trio of teams on the poll.
The Top 25 was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The next poll will be announced on Sept. 21.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Southern Oregon has held the top-spot for eight-straight polls dating back to Oct. 6, 2010 … The No. 1-ranking is the 11th for the Raiders … Former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) owns the most No. 1-rankings all-time with 38 … There have been 13 programs that have claimed the top-spot in the poll … 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 … Four teams have started the season ranked No. 1 and gone on to win the national championship: Malone – 2007, 08 and 09; Virginia Intermont – 2005 and 06; Minot State (N.D.) – 2002; Life (Ga.) – 1999 and 2000 … No. 10 Aquinas (Mich.) is the only squad that owns an active Top-25 ranking streak that has surpassed 100, with 107-consecutive weeks dating back to the 2000 preseason poll … No. 14 Concordia (Neb.) isn’t far behind, with 97-straight appearances dating back to Sept. 14, 2001 … With College of Idaho falling out of the Top 25, it snaps an 18-consecutive poll appearance for the Coyotes dating back to Sept. 30, 2009.
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Southern Oregon (16)||552|
|2||2||Wayland Baptist (Texas) (2)||543|
|4||4||Shorter (Ga.) (2)||506|
|6||6||Shawnee State (Ohio)||472|
|7||10||Cal State San Marcos||438|
|9||8||The Master's (Calif.)||416|
|11||13||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||352|
|18||24||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||256|
|24||NR||St. Francis (Ill.)||160|
|25||RV||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||118|
Others receiving votes: Spring Arbor (Mich.) 102; Siena Heights (Mich.) 82; Baker (Kan.) 67; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 51; Dordt (Iowa) 23; Milligan (Tenn.) 20; Great Falls (Mont.) 19; Vanguard (Calif.) 16; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 14; College of Idaho 14; Indiana Wesleyan 9; Berea (Ky.) 8; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 5; Doane (Neb.) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 1; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 1; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 1; Mount Marty (S.D.) 1; Lee (Tenn.) 1; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1.