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2018 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll No. 1

By Lexi Naegele, Athletic Communications Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City takes the first regular season No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, for the second week in a row, announced the national office on Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• After being ranked at No. 3 in the 2017 postseason poll, Oklahoma City has captured the No. 1 rank in the 2018 preseason and first regular-season poll.
• Oklahoma City opened their 2018 season at the Western Oklahoma Showcase and finished second out of six teams.
• Southern Oregon holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings with 34 all time.
• Southern Oregon also holds the record for the longest active streak of being in the Top 25 with 92 straight appearances, dating back to 2008.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. 
  • Each conference is represented by one rater. 
  • 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 rating) 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 appear on. 
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.” For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here. 

2018 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES] POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City [17] 557
2 2 Columbia (Mo.) [2] 530
2 3 Southern Oregon 530
4 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 495
5 6 College of Idaho 472
6 9 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 467
7 7 Eastern Oregon 444
8 NR Madonna (Mich.) [1] 439
9 7 Saint Mary (Kan.) 422
10 12 Cornerstone (Mich.) 411
11 5 St. Francis (Ill.) 376
12 11 Indiana Wesleyan 365
13 10 Oregon Tech 359
14 14 Taylor (Ind.) 321
14 13 Aquinas (Mich.) 321
16 16 The Master's (Calif.) 297
17 18 Milligan (Tenn.) 260
18 21 Shawnee State (Ohio) 243
19 NR Dordt (Iowa) 222
20 19 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 207
21 20 Westmont (Calif.) 197
22 NR Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 179
23 NR Montreat (N.C.) 147
24 24 Cumberlands (Ky.) 145
25 17 Indiana Tech 141


Others Receiving Votes: 
Campbellsville (Ky.) 95, Northwestern (Iowa) 92, Northwest Christian 76, Reinhardt (Ga.) 37, Carroll (Mont.) 32, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 23, Hope International (Calif.) 22, Bethel (Tenn.) 11, Point Park (Pa.) 10, Goshen (Ind.) 5, Ohio Christian 4, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 4, Cumberland (Tenn.) 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 3.

Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Cross Country Championship
Sports Rules - Cross Country (M)
Official Merchandise-CrossCountry