By Spencer Scheve, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – British Columbia remains with the No. 1 ranking in the 2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA national office announced Wednesday. The next Top 25 poll will be released on Oct. 26.
Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 2001):• British Columbia remains the No. 1 ranked team in the Top 25 Poll, garnering all 19 first-place votes and 529 points.
• This is the first time in school history the Thunderbirds have earned back-to-back No. 1 rankings.
• Coming in at No. 2 is St. Francis (Ill.), which earned 509 points. The Saints have been active in the top five for the last 14 polls.
• Rounding out the top 5 is Southern Oregon at No. 3 with 498 points, Biola (Calif.) at No. 4 with 460 points and Marian (Ind.) at No. 5 with 434 points.
•The biggest moves in the Top 25 is Biola jumping from No. 9 to No. 4, Taylor (Ind.) crawling from No. 14 to No. 8, Westmont (Calif.) climbing from No. 17 to No. 9, Missouri Valley moving from No. 25 to No.10, The Master’s (Calif.) falling from No. 4 to No. 11, and Indiana Tech dropping from No. 11 to No. 22.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads the NAIA with four teams in the Top 25, followed by the Golden State Athletic Conference and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tied at three.
• No. 13 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being in the Top 25 poll to an NAIA-best 159-consecutive mentions, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• Only three programs have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – Oklahoma City (2014), former NAIA member Malone (Ohio) (2008) and former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) (2007).
• There are four new teams in the Top 25 – No. 19 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 21 Oregon Tech, No. 23 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and No. 25 Dordt (Iowa).
• The last time Cornerstone was ranked was Sept. 30, 2015, when the Eagles were ranked No. 25.
• The last time Oregon Tech was ranked was Oct. 21, 2015, when the Owls were ranked No. 22.
• The last time Embry-Riddle was ranked was Nov. 25, 2015, when the Eagles were ranked No. 24.
• The last time Dordt was ranked was Oct. 21, 2015, when the Defenders were ranked No. 23.
• 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 – (Oct. 12)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||British Columbia (19)||529|
|2||2||St. Francis (Ill.)||509|
|7||8||College of Idaho||418|
|11||4||The Master’s (Calif.)||337|
|13||6||Saint Mary (Kan.)||305|
|14||6||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||284|
|15||13||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||282|
|17||15||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||263|
|24||20||Shawnee State (Ohio)||120|
Others receiving votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 101; Bethel (Ind.) 94; Carroll (Mont.) 94; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 44; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 41; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 38; Morningside (Iowa) 33; Columbia (Mo.) 30; Milligan (Tenn.) 10; Rio Grande (Ohio) 6; Madonna (Mich.) 6; Indiana Wesleyan 3; Our Lady of the Lake 3
^Based off 2016 Coaches’ Poll (Sept. 28, 2016)