KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan dropped four spots but managed to hold on to a top 15 ranking as the Lions are No. 14 in the first edition of the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office released Wednesday.
Bryan started out the year ranked No. 10, but the Lions fell four places after receiving 363 total voting points. Bryan is six points behind No. 13 Morningside (Iowa).
Southern Oregon continues to set atop the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Raiders placed first in its season opener of the season, the Humboldt State Invitational. Southern Oregon received 19 of the 21 first-place votes and 590 points to earn the No. 1 ranking.
Cal State San Marcos and Oklahoma Baptist jumped two spots in this week's poll. The Cougars earned the last two first-place votes and tallied 558 points to gain the No. 2 position. The Bison received 549 points to receive the No. 3 ranking. Falling two spots in this week's poll is Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). The Warriors collected 541 points for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top five is Shawnee State (Ohio) who tallied 497 points.
Two teams that make the jump into the poll are No. 17 Arizona Christian and No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan.
Two programs, St. Francis (Ill.) (No. 9) and Park (Mo.) (No. 22) fell out of this week's poll.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four teams. Representing the GSAC are No. 7 The Master's (Calif.), No. 15 Westmont (Calif.), Arizona Christian and No. 21 Biola (Calif.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The second regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 19.
To view the entire poll, click here.