2015 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (Nov. 8)

November 08, 2015
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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.

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. 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
4 5 Indiana Wesleyan 384
5 4 Saint Mary (Kan.) 382
6 7 British Columbia 368
7 8 St. Francis (Ill.) 345
8 6 Carroll (Mont.) 336
9 9 College of Idaho 326
10 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 318
11 11 Dalton State (Ga.) 302
12 13 Aquinas (Mich.) 283
T13 15 Marian (Ind.) 247
T13 14 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 247
15 19 The Master’s (Calif.) 228
16 17 Taylor (Ind.) 218
17 20 Indiana Tech 206
18 18 Columbia (Mo.) 187
19 24 Northwestern (Iowa) 185
20 RV Bacone (Okla.) 169
21 12 Morningside (Iowa) 159
22 RV Biola (Calif.) 142
23 21 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 137
24 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 103
25 22 Bethel (Ind.) 98
 

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.

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