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2012 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll

August 22, 2012

Article by Travis Rae - Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-straight year, Southern Oregon has earned the top spot in the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Raiders, a third-place finisher at the 2011 NAIA Cross Country National Championships, received eight of 18 first-place votes and 486 points to garner the No. 1 ranking.

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) received three first-place votes and 475 points earning the Warriors the No. 2 position in the polls. Following Lewis-Clark State is No. 3 Wayland Baptist (Texas), who garnered three first-place votes and 472 points. Collecting the last four first-place votes was 2011 National Runner-up Cal State San Marcos for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top five is Oklahoma Baptist who collected 420 points.

Six teams who were not in the 2011 Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll, No. 14 Morningside (Iowa), No. 16 Spring Arbor (Mich.), No. 19 Concordia (Neb.), No. 20 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 23 Cumberlands (Ky.) all start the 2012 season ranked in the Top 25. Making the biggest jump was Spring Arbor, who ended last season not receiving votes and jumped to No. 16.

Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the The Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) and the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) lead all conferences with three teams each. Representing the CCC are No. 1 Southern Oregon, No. 11 Eastern Oregon and No. 15 College of Idaho. Hailing from the GSAC are No. 6 The Master's (Calif.), No. 12 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 18 Biola (Calif.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The first regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 12.

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

FINAL POINTS

1

3

Southern Oregon (8)

486

2

4

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (3)

475

3

5

Wayland Baptist (Texas) (3)

472

4

2

Cal State San Marcos (4)

445

5

7

Oklahoma Baptist

420

6

9

The Master’s (Calif.)

412

7

8

Shawnee State (Ohio)

409

8

6

British Columbia

397

9

12

St. Francis (Ill.)

357

10

10

Bryan (Tenn.)

337

11

16

Eastern Oregon

320

12

13

Westmont (Calif.)

312

13

11

Aquinas (Mich.)

301

14

RV

Morningside (Iowa)

247

15

21

College of Idaho

239

16

17

Southwestern (Kan.)

226

16

NR

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

226

18

25

Biola (Calif.)

213

19

RV

Concordia (Neb.)

195

20

RV

Cornerstone (Mich.)

194

21

RV

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

168

22

20

Park (Mo.)

146

23

RV

Cumberlands (Ky.)

139

24

19

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

126

25

24

Baker (Kan.)

119