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Three Frontier Conference men's cross country teams ranked in latest NAIA coaches' poll

Rocky, Carroll, Northern crack top 25
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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 19, 2020

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

13Huntington (Ind.) [15]586
22Saint Mary (Kan.) [6]564
31Taylor (Ind.)561
44Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)533
55Cornerstone (Mich.)511
66Dordt (Iowa)470
718St. Francis (Ill.)457
87Indiana Wesleyan447
911The Master's (Calif.)444
109Milligan (Tenn.)437
118Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)415
1212Montreat (N.C.)336
1313Rocky Mountain (Mont.)335
1415William Carey (Miss.)313
1520Northwestern (Iowa)309
16NRCollege of Idaho298
1716Baker (Kan.)289
1817Carroll (Mont.)264
1910Doane (Neb.)253
20NRSpring Arbor (Mich.)237
2119Columbia (Mo.)214
22NROregon Tech194
2324Westmont (Calif.)157
24NRGrace (Ind.)144
25NRMontana State-Northern101

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)