KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three Frontier Conference men's cross country programs are ranked in the latest edition of the NAIA top 25 coaches' poll, which was released on Thursday.
The second edition of the poll saw Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College and newcomer MSU-Northern ranked.
Rocky remained at No. 13 in the national polls. RMC won the Frontier Conference men's cross country championship at the league's postseason race in Havre on Nov. 6. Jackson Wilson took top honors for the Battlin' Bears, who saw Elijah Boyd finish runner-up.
With the league title, Rocky will compete at the 65th annual NAIA men's cross country championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 9, 2021. Top-15 finishers at a conference championship race are also eligible for consideration as an automatic or at-large entrant for the national meet.
Carroll dropped a spot from No. 17 to 18th. The Saints finished runner-up to Rocky at the Frontier championships, placing five points back. James Normanddeau and Connor O'Hara placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at the league's championship meet.
MSU-Northern made its first appearance in the top 25 after a third-place effort at the Frontier Conference championships. The Lights totaled 83 points to finish behind the Battlin' Bears and Saints, with Field Soosloff placing third individually.
Montana Western and Montana Tech each received votes in the poll, which can be found below.
Carroll and Western were ranked in the latest women's national poll, which can be found here.
2020-21 NAIA men's cross country coaches' poll
Week of Nov. 19, 2020
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||POINTS|
|1||3||Huntington (Ind.) ||586|
|2||2||Saint Mary (Kan.) ||564|
|7||18||St. Francis (Ill.)||457|
|9||11||The Master's (Calif.)||444|
|11||8||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||415|
|13||13||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||335|
|14||15||William Carey (Miss.)||313|
|16||NR||College of Idaho||298|
|20||NR||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||237|
Dropped from the Top 25: Dakota State (S.D.), Goshen (Ind.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Shawnee State (Ohio), Montana Tech
Receiving Votes: Dakota State (S.D.) 100, Goshen (Ind.) 96, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 94, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 90, Eastern Oregon 58, Shawnee State (Ohio) 46, Friends (Kan.) 33, Montana Western 25, Indiana Tech 25, Southeastern (Fla.) 16, Montana Tech 7, Grand View (Iowa)