By Spencer Scheve, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – St. Francis (Ill.) claims the No. 1 spot in the 2016 NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second edition in a row, the NAIA national office announced Wednesday. The next Top 25 poll will be released on Sept. 28.
Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):• St. Francis (Ill.) earns back-to-back No. 1 rankings in the Top 25. The Fighting Saints earned 527 total points and 16 first place votes.
• The last time St. Francis earned back-to-back No. 1 ranking sin the coaches’ poll was on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 2013.
• The three-time defending national champion Oklahoma City comes in at the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row, receiving a total of 502 points. The Stars have been in the top 5 in nine of the last 10 polls.
• Rounding out the top 5 is Southern Oregon at No. 3 with 496 points and three first place votes, British Columbia at No. 4 with 489 points and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at No. 5 with 450 points.
• The biggest move in the Top 25 is Biola (Calif.), jumping from No. 22 in the preseason poll to No. 15 and Carroll (Mont.) falling from N0. 16 to No. 15.
• No. 13 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being in the Top 25 poll to a NAIA-best 157-consecutive mentions, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Only two programs have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) (2007).
• There are four new teams in the Top 25 – No. 20 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 20 Bethel (Ind.), No. 23 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 24 Corban (Ore.).
• This is Corban's first time in shcool history in the men's cross country Top 25.
• 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"
• The frequency of polls occur bi-weekly for the 2016 season.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Regular Season Top 25 Poll – (Sept. 14)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||St. Francis (Ill.) (16)||527|
|3||4||Southern Oregon (3)||496|
|5||6||Lewis Clark State (Idaho)||450|
|6||7||The Master’s (Calif.)||446|
|8||9||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||403|
|9||5||Saint Mary (Kan.)||388|
|10||11||College of Idaho||366|
|10||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||366|
|18||15||Dalton State (Ga.)||235|
|19||20||Shawnee State (Ohio)||214|
|20||RV||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||204|
Others receiving votes: Columbia (Mo.) 115; Indiana Wesleyan 79; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 77; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 52; Milligan (Tenn.) 47; Cornerstone (Mich.) 31; Oregon Tech 22; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 18; Cumberlands (Ky.) 12; Dordt (Iowa) 9; Rio Grande (Ohio) 7; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 3.
Dropped out of the Top 25: Columbia (Mo.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), Northwestern Christian (Ore.).
^Based off 2016 Preseason Coaches’ Poll (Nov. 24, 2016)