2015 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Oct. 14)

October 14, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southern Oregon is No. 1 in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday. The sixth regular-season poll will be released on Oct. 21.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

• Southern Oregon is No. 1 after receiving 13 of the 20 possible first-place votes and 552 total points. The Raiders hold their fifth-straight No. 1 position.
• No. 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) claimed four first-place votes and 542 total points. The Warriors are No. 2 for the third-straight regular-season poll.
• No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) (one first-place vote and 513 total points) and No. 5 Oklahoma City (two first-place votes and 477 total points) claim the remaining first-place votes.
• No. 15 Texas Wesleyan finds itself in the Top 25 for the second-straight week and the second time ever.
• No. 25 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) is the only newcomer in this week’s edition. This is the first time the Bees are in the Top 25 since the preseason poll on Aug. 26, 2015.
• Shawnee State (Ohio), formerly No. 16, was the only team to drop out of the top 25.
• After having the biggest drop in last week’s poll, Oklahoma City highlighted the positive movement this week, as the Stars moved up 14 spots from No. 19 to No. 5.
• Dalton State (Ga.) moved up 13 spots from No. 21 to No. 8.
• Indiana Wesleyan had the biggest fall within the Top 25, as it dropped six spots from No. 3 to No. 9.
• Southern Oregon has been in the top 10 in 16-straight polls, dating back to the 2014 Preseason Top 25 Poll.
• No. 16 Aquinas (Mich.) has found itself in the Top 25 for a NAIA-best 151-consecutive polls, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Southern Oregon looks to join Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008) as the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Southern Oregon now has 36 No. 1 rankings, which is the most of all active NAIA schools. Former member Malone has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 38.
• Six schools have been ranked in the top 10 all season – Southern Oregon, Lewis-Clark State, St. Francis (Ill.), No. 4 Carroll (Mont.), No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference (Southern Oregon, No. 10 College of Idaho, No. 22 Northwest Christian (Ore.) and No. 23 Oregon Tech) and the Crossroads League (Indiana Wesleyan, No. 14 Taylor (Ind.), No. 18 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 20 Marian (Ind.)) leads all leagues with four teams represented in the Top 25.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

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”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5(Oct. 14)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southern Oregon (13) 552
2 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (4) 542
3 5 St. Francis (Ill.) (1) 513
4 6 Carroll (Mont.) 485
5 19 Oklahoma City (2) 477
6 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 473
7 7 British Columbia 430
8 21 Dalton State (Ga.) 414
9 3 Indiana Wesleyan 413
10 8 College of Idaho 410
11 9 Morningside (Iowa) 380
12 12 Indiana Tech 377
13 11 Saint Mary (Kan.) 375
14 10 Taylor (Ind.) 348
15 13 Texas Wesleyan 306
16 14 Aquinas (Mich.) 286
17 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 272
18 17 Bethel (Ind.) 253
19 18 The Master’s (Calif.) 230
20 24 Marian (Ind.) 206
21 20 Columbia (Mo.) 184
22 25 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 167
23 23 Oregon Tech 153
24 22 Dordt (Iowa) 144
25 RV SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 135
 

Dropped from the Top 25: Shawnee State (Ohio)

Others Receiving Votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 121; Bacone (Okla.) 86; Northwestern (Iowa) 81; Westmont (Calif.) 48; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 28; Campbellsville (Ky.) 23; Goshen (Ind.) 18; Midland (Neb.) 8; Dickinson State (N.D.) 5; Cornerstone (Mich.) 3. 

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