Bacone Warriors Men’s Cross Country Make Debut in NAIA XC Poll at No. 13 after last week’s performance

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bacone Warrior men’s cross country program made their debut at No. 13 after last week’s runner-up finish at the NAIA Midstates Classic where the All-Native American team had 6 runners finish in the top 25.

The Thunderbirds of British Columbia hold on to the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second-straight week, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

  • British Columbia garnered 13 first place votes and 584 total points to hang on to the top spot.
  • This is the sixth time that the Thunderbirds have been ranked No. 1.
  • Defending National Champion Southern Oregon is currently ranked No. 2, receiving eight first place votes.
  • No. 13 Bacone (Okla.) makes its first appearance in the Top 25 of 2017 and are the highest ranked team who was unranked in the previous poll.
  • 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 89 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 given one rater for every four schools in the league.The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams.
  • A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 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.

2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES] TOTAL POINTS
1 1 British Columbia [13] 584
2 1 Southern Oregon [8] 579
3 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 538
4 4 College of Idaho 535
5 7 St. Francis (Ill.) 529
6 6 Columbia (Mo.) 489
7 10 Saint Mary (Kan.) 453
8 9 Eastern Oregon 448
9 17 Westmont (Calif.) 444
10 11 Missouri Valley 424
11 19 Indiana Wesleyan 381
12 12 Cornerstone (Mich.) 358
13 NR Bacone (Okla.) 357
14 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 349
15 14 The Master’s (Calif.) 338
16 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 312
17 16 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 308
18 25 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 250
19 18 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 238
20 20 Indiana Tech 230
21 5 Oklahoma City 220
22 24 Milligan (Tenn.) 181
23 NR Shawnee State (Ohio) 162
24 15 Taylor (Ind.) 144
24 NR Oregon Tech 144

Dropped From Top 25: Aquinas (Mich.), Texas Wesleyan, Doane (Neb.)

Others Receiving Votes: Aquinas (Mich) 142; Cumberlands (Ky.) 135; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 69; Madonna (Mich.) 51; Texas Wesleyan 49; Dordt (Iowa) 16; Montreat (N.C.) 9; Siena Heights (Mich.) 5; Reinhardt (Ga.) 3; Doane (Neb.) 3