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Cross Country Ranked No. 10

October 03, 2012

By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southern Oregon continues to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Raiders received 11-of-21 first place votes and tallied 579 points to retain the No. 1 ranking. This is the fifth-consecutive week Southern Oregon has been at the top of the poll.

The Raiders sent runners to the Stanford (Calif.) Invitational and Charles Bowles Willamette (Ore.) Invitational last weekend. Southern Oregon finished fifth in the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational and ninth in the Stanford Invitational.

Closing the gap on the No. 1 team is Cal State San Marcos. The Cougars received five first-place votes and garnered 573 points for the No. 2 ranking. Cal State San Marcos won the Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Cross Country Invitational with four of its runners finishing in the top five. Receiving the last five first-place votes was St. Francis (Ill.) who earned 560 points for the No. 3 ranking. The Fighting Saints raced in the Greater Louisville (Ky.) Cross Country Invitational and finished 16th in the Gold Race, which was the best finish for an NAIA school. Oklahoma Baptist comes in at No. 4 after receiving 528 points, while No. 5 British Columbia notched 506 points to round out the top five.

No. 7 Concordia (Ore.), No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 21 Oregon Tech and No. 25 Northwest Christian (Ore.) all jump into the poll this week. A trio of the newcomers, Concordia, Oregon Tech, and Northwest Christian, raced at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational last weekend. Concordia tied for first with British Columbia, while Oregon Tech finished sixth followed by Northwest Christian (Ore.) at seventh. Indiana Wesleyan participated in the Griak Invitational (Minn.) and finished eighth place in the Men's Maroon Division II race.

Falling out of the Top 25 this week are Wayland Baptist (Texas) (No. 12), Arizona Christian (No. 17), Cornerstone (Mich.) (No. 22), Saint Mary (Kan.) (No. 24) and Biola (Calif.) (No. 25).

Making the biggest jump was No. 13 Spring Arbor as it improved five spots. The Cougars took 24th place, second best by an NAIA school, in the Great Louisville Cross Country Invitational Gold race.

Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Cascade Collegiate Conference with six teams. Representing the Cascade are Southern Oregon, Concordia, No. 12 College of Idaho, No. 14 Eastern Oregon, Oregon Tech, and Northwest Christian.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The fifth regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 10.

2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches Top 25 Poll - No. 4

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

FINAL POINTS

1

1

Southern Oregon (11)

579

2

2

Cal State San Marcos (5)

573

3

3

St. Francis (Ill.) (5)

560

4

4

Oklahoma Baptist

528

5

5

British Columbia

506

6

10

Shawnee State (Ohio)

490

7

RV

Concordia (Ore.)

480

8

6

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

453

9

7

Southwestern (Kan.)

435

10

8

The Master’s (Calif.)

421

11

9

Aquinas (Mich.)

410

12

11

College of Idaho

383

13

18

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

358

14

13

Eastern Oregon

348

15

14

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

322

16

16

Bryan (Tenn.)

317

17

RV

Indiana Wesleyan

266

18

17

Westmont (Calif.)

235

19

19

Concordia (Neb.)

222

20

21

Cumberlands (Ky.)

205

21

NR

Oregon Tech

176

22

T25

Baker (Kan.)

166

23

23

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

163

24

15

Morningside (Iowa)

151

25

NR

Northwest Christian (Ore.)

114

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Four teams have started the season ranked No. 1 and gone on to win the national championship: Former NAIA Member Malone (Ohio) - 2007, 08 and 09; Virginia Intermont - 2005 and 06; Former NAIA Member Minot State (N.D.) - 2002; Life (Ga.) - 1999 and 2000... There has only been one program that has been able to maintain the No. 1 ranking for an entire season with Malone accomplishing the feat in 2007 and 08... Southern Oregon has been ranked No. 1 15 times which ties the Raiders for third with former NAIA member Virginia Intermont...Malone has been ranked No. 1 the most with 38 selections... Aquinas (Mich.) has been ranked in the Top 25 for 120-consecutive weeks, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000... Oregon Tech and Northwest Christian (Ore.) are making its first appearance in the Coaches' Top 25... Eight teams held steady in the poll.