2016 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Nov. 23)

November 23, 2016
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By Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southern Oregon claims the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Raiders won their second national championship at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 19. 

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

• After earning its second national championship, Southern Oregon is the unanimous No. 1 team.
• Runner-up St. Francis (Ill.) comes in at No. 2. The Fighting Saints has earned the No. 2 ranking for four-straight editions.
• Three newcomers join this week’s installment – No. 17 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 22 Aquinas (Mich.) and No. 24 Milligan (Tenn.). 
• Rio Grande has not been ranked in the Top 25 since August 25, 2010, when the RedStorm was ranked No. 24. 
• Aquinas is back in the Top 25 after being ranked in the final edition on Nov. 6. 
• The last time Milligan was ranked was on Sept.16, 2015, when the Buffs were ranked No. 23.
• Sixteen of the 21 conferences/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in the Top 25.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads the way with four teams represented in Top 25, followed by Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference with three.
• Thirty-nine teams were ranked this season. 
• Three teams have been ranked No. 1 – Southern Oregon (one week), St. Francis (two weeks) and British Columbia (four weeks).
• Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA-member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1
• Three schools have been ranked in the top 10 all season – Southern Oregon, St. Francis, British Columbia.
• For results of the 2016 Men’s Cross Country National Championships, click here. Individual / Team

Poll Methodology:

• The post season poll was determined by using the team results at the 2016 NAIA Cross Country National Championship
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Nov. 23)

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

Total Points*

1

3

Southern Oregon

122

2

2

St. Francis (Ill.)

148

3

1

British Columbia

152

4

6

College of Idaho

218

5

5

The Master’s (Calif.)

261

6

17

Northwestern (Iowa)

306

7

13

Oklahoma City

313

8

24

Cornerstone (Mich.)

315

9

23

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

320

10

10

Shawnee State (Ohio)

328

11

9

Missouri Valley

238

12

11

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

341

13

21

Eastern Oregon

348

14

4

Marian (Ind.)

392

14

20

Saint Mary (Kan.)

392

16

7

Bacone (Okla.)

412

17

NR

Rio Grande (Ohio)

422

18

15

Taylor (Ind.)

426

19

18

Oregon Tech

461

20

25

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

486

21

14

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

488

22

NR

Aquinas (Mich.)

491

23

8

Westmont (Calif.)

545

24

NR

Milligan (Tenn.)

547

25

16

Indiana Tech

560

Others receiving votes: Biola (Calif.) 612; Bethel (Ind.) 662; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 719; Siena Heights (Mich.) 787; Kansas Wesleyan 812; Dickinson State (N.D.) 833; William Carey (Miss.) 871; Columbia (Mo.) 903; William Woods (Mo.) 915; Bethel (Tenn.) 930; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 1007; Xavier (La.) 1228

*point totals taken from national championship results

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