KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After winning its first-ever national championship, Oklahoma Christian was the unanimous top pick in the 2011 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Eagles, who end the season on a streak of six-straight No. 1 rankings, earned all 18 first-place votes to tally 498 total points. At the 56th annual national championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 19, Oklahoma Christian placed four runners among the top 30 to tally 93 team points. Four-time All-American and senior Silas Kisorio finished in the runner-up spot for the second time clocking 23:59 on the 8K course.
The rest of the top-five teams were ranked according to their national championship finish from the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Sliding up seven positions to No. 2 was Cal State San Marcos with 482 points. Ranked third was Southern Oregon with 466 points, followed by No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) with 450 and 434 points, respectively.
Making a splash as newcomers were No. 20 Park (Mo.), No. 22 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 24 Baker (Kan.). Taking home a 25th-place finish at the championships, Baker is ranked for the first time dating back to 1999. Huntington finds itself in the Top 25 for the first time since Sept. 16, 2009 (No. 14). Park snaps a longer absence with its last mention on Aug. 22, 2007 (No. 25).
One squad that fell out of the Top 25 was Concordia (Neb.). The Bulldogs had held the second-longest active streak with 104-straight rankings, which dated back to Sept. 14, 2001.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference with four ranked teams: Southern Oregon, No. 16 Eastern Oregon, No. 18 Concordia (Ore.) and No. 21 College of Idaho. Two other leagues, the Sooner Athletic Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference, each landed a trio of teams in the Top 25.
The Top 25 was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Oklahoma Christian was the unanimous No. 1 selection for the past four polls… There have been 35 different teams that have spent at least one week on the poll, with 17 of those programs having been listed in all nine polls … Oklahoma Christian’s six No. 1-rankings is good for seventh place … The Eagles are the 15th team to own the No. 1 ranking …Former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) owns the most No. 1 rankings all-time with 38 … There has only been one program 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 … After Concordia’s (Neb.) departure from the Top 25, No. 11 Aquinas (Mich.) is the only program listed with 100-or-more straight weeks in the poll – the Bulldogs are at 115-consecutive weeks dating back to the 2000 preseason poll.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Christian (18)||498|
|2||9||Cal State San Marcos||482|
|4||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||450|
|5||8||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||434|
|8||5||Shawnee State (Ohio)||386|
|9||3||The Master's (Calif.)||370|
|12||15||St. Francis (Ill.)||322|
|14||20||Siena Heights (Mich.)||290|
|19||23||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||206|
|21||13||College of Idaho||169|
Others receiving votes: Cornerstone (Mich.) 73; Great Falls (Mont.) 71; Cumberlands (Ky.) 52; Berea (Ky.) 51; Milligan (Tenn.) 48; Concordia (Neb.) 43; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 43; Texas Wesleyan 16; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 10; Morningside (Iowa) 6; Goshen (Ind.) 5; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 3; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 3; Graceland (Iowa) 1; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 1; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 1.
Rank in final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Nov. 6