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Oregon Tech Slips to No.21 in NAIA Cross Country Poll

Oct 16, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After Oregon Tech men’s cross country team defeated the No. 15 team in the country, Northwest Christian the Owls were rewarded by dropping two spots from No.19 to No. 21 in the fifth regular-season edition of the NAIA National Poll, announced Wednesday.

St. Francis (Ill.) remains atop the rankings for the seventh-straight NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The defending national champions claimed 20 first-place votes and 620 points in the fifth regular-season edition and sit at seventh all-time in No. 1 selections with seven.

Southern Oregon earned 596 total points and one first-place vote to claim the No. 2 ranking. The Raiders have been idle since placing fourth among non-NCAA Division I schools at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 28 behind NCAA Division II teams Chico State (Calif.), Colorado Mines and San Bernardino (Calif.). Southern Oregon will race on Oct. 19 at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Estacada, Ore.

Thirteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the fifth regular-season Top 25, led by four teams from the Cascade Collegiate Conference – Southern Oregon, No. 8 Eastern Oregon, Northwest Christian and No. 21 Oregon Tech. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Plains Athletic Conference each placed three teams among the Top 25, good for second place.

Within the poll, No. 4 Lewis-Clark State made the largest jump, moving up four spots, while Northwest Christian (Ore.) fell four positions, landing at No. 19 after losing to No. 21 Oregon Tech.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2013 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999) No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) is trying to become the fifth school in NAIA history to begin the season ranked No. 1 and go on to win the national championship… Life (Ga.) in 1999 and 2000, former member Minot State (N.D.) in 2002, Virginia Intermont in 2005 and 06 and former member Malone (Ohio) in 2007, 08 and 09 have all accomplished this… Since 1999, only one program has been ranked No. 1 for an entire season: Malone in 2007 and 08… No. 3 Aquinas (Mich.) has been ranked among the Top 25 in an NAIA-best 131 consecutive polls, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000… Following Aquinas are Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) with 78, Cal State San Marcos with 56 and Southern Oregon with 54… Former NAIA member Malone has the most No. 1 rankings with 38… Following Malone are Southern Oregon with 20, Life (Ga.) with 18 and Virginia Intermont with 15… Overall, 16 different programs have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… St. Francis is making its seventh appearance at No. 1… Two teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2012: St. Francis and Southern Oregon.

2013 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Oct. 16)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 St. Francis (Ill.) (20) 620
2 2 Southern Oregon (1) 596
3 3 Aquinas (Mich.) (1) 590
4 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 544
5 5 British Columbia 534
6 6 Oklahoma City 531
7 4 Shawnee State (Ohio) 495
8 7 Eastern Oregon 479
9 10 Cal State San Marcos 446
10 13 Oklahoma Baptist 443
11 10 Emmanuel (Ga.) 426
12 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 418
13 11 Bryan (Tenn.) 378
14 RV Saint Xavier (Ill.) 354
15 12 Concordia (Neb.) 331
16 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 324
17 17 The Master's (Calif.) 297
18 18 Morningside (Iowa) 261
19 15 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 250
20 RV Saint Mary (Kan.) 218
21 19 Oregon Tech 213
22 20 Tennessee Wesleyan 196
23 NR Biola (Calif.) 187
24 24 Dordt (Iowa) 160
25 22 Indiana Tech 152
Others Receiving Votes: Dickinson State (N.D.) 140; Southwestern (Kan.) 83; Vanguard (Calif.) 75; Goshen (Ind.) 50; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 38; Central Methodist (Mo.) 30; Westmont (Calif.) 29; Cumberlands (Ky.) 16; College of Idaho 14; Taylor (Ind.) 13; Missouri Valley 9; Arizona Christian 5; Concordia (Ore.) 3.
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