Inaugural NJCAA National Polls & Rankings Announced

Inaugural NJCAA National Polls & Rankings Announced

NEW ORLEANS – It seems as if there is a common feeling about who the best teams are in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Cross Country. Well, at least according to those voters in the inaugural national polls and rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Voters felt that both the men’s and women’s programs from Central Arizona College are the teams to beat in the NJCAA Division I National Coaches’ Polls.

In the NJCAA Division III, both the men’s and women’s teams programs from Harper College landed top billing.

 

From Second to First – NJCAA Division I

Full NJCAA DI National Coaches’ Polls

Last year both teams from Central Arizona College finished runner-up at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Lubbock, Texas. With that experience and a strong crop of freshmen, the voters gave the men seven of eight first-place votes and the women received five of eight.

Coming in at No. 2 in the first National Coaches’ Poll of the season for both the men and women is Iowa Central CC. The men won the national championship last year, while the women took third place in the team standings.

Rounding out the top-five on the men’s side are South Plains, Iowa Western CC and Allen County CC.

On the women’s side, Lansing CC earned two first-place votes for third, Mesa CC is fourth and El Paso CC is fifth.

 

Hawks Soar to the Top Again – NJCAA Division III

Full NJCAA DIII National Rankings

The rankings predict Harper College men’s team repeating as national champions and the women improving on a runner-up finish at last year’s meet. The Hawks, who are coached by Jim Macnider, likely return seven athletes from those teams combined.

There are five other programs that double-dipped into the rankings: Joilet Junior College (third in the men’s poll, fourth in the women’s), Mohawk Valley CC (fourth, fifth), Bergen CC (fifth, sixth), Camden County (ninth, seventh) and Herkimer County CC (10th, 10th).

Other teams in the men’s rankings are Maryland-based Howard CC (second), SUNY Broome CC (sixth), Northampton CC (seventh) and New Jersey’s Union County (eighth).

Suffolk County CC and the Fashion Institute of Technology are second and third in the women’s rankings, respectively. Rowan-Gloucester CC (eighth) and Anne Arundel CC are the last two schools in the top-10.

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #1 — September 16

next release: September 30
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Head Coach (Yr)
Last
Week
1 Central Arizona (7) 159 West Paul Tavares
2 Iowa Central CC (1) 150 Midwest Dee Brown (12th)
3 South Plains 142 West Chris Beene (12th)
4 Iowa Western CC 125 Midwest Emmett Statzer (9th)
5 Allen County CC 123 Central Vince DeGrado (5th)
6 El Paso CC 111 West Felix Hinojosa (16th)
7 Gillette 98 West Chris Kozlowski (8th)
8 Lansing CC 93 Great Lakes Jim Robinson (7th)
9 Mesa CC 91 West Dan Pescador (1st)
10 North Iowa Area CC 80 Midwest Curtis Vais (12th)
11 Pima CC 73 West Greg Wenneborg (11th)
12 Ranger 68 West Kathy Graham (1st)
13 Butler (Kan.) CC 65 Central Ryan Turner (2nd)
14 Highland (Kan.) CC 40 Central Chad Clevenger (6th)
15 Morton 36 Midwest Gus Coronado (16th)
16 Macomb CC 33 Great Lakes Kim Renas (3rd)
17 Barton County CC 30 Central David Schenek (7th)
18 Illinois Central 28 Great Lakes Michael Lewellyn (5th)
19 Waubonsee CC 26 Midwest Trevor Howard (1st)
20 Danville Area CC 23 Great Lakes Kyle O’Brien
21 Louisburg 21 Atlantic Jay Koloseus (2nd)
22 Glendale (Ariz.) CC 18 West Randy Espinoza
22 Hutchinson CC 18 Central Justin Riggs (1st)
24 Muskegon CC 14 Great Lakes Dan Fishel (4th)
25 Lincoln (Ill.) 9 Great Lakes Brian Herron (13th)
Also Receiving Votes: Carl Sandburg 4, Colby (Kan.) CC 2

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #1 — September 16

next release: September 30
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Central Arizona (5) 153 West Paul Tavares
2 Iowa Central CC (1) 148 Midwest Dee Brown (12th)
3 Lansing CC (2) 142 Great Lakes Jim Robinson (7th)
4 Mesa CC 126 West Dan Pescador (1st)
5 El Paso CC 114 West Felix Hinojosa (16th)
6 North Iowa Area CC 100 Midwest Curtis Vais (12th)
7 Barton County CC 88 Central David Schenek (7th)
8 Macomb CC 84 Great Lakes Kim Renas (3rd)
9 Pima CC 83 West Greg Wenneborg (11th)
10 Gillette 81 West Chris Kozlowski (8th)
10 Allen County CC 81 Central Vince DeGrado (5th)
12 Iowa Western CC 73 Midwest Emmett Statzer (9th)
13 Lincoln (Ill.) 53 Great Lakes Brian Herron (13th)
14 Muskegon CC 52 Great Lakes Dan Fishel (4th)
15 Mott CC 48 Great Lakes Winston Stoody (9th)
16 Butler (Kan.) CC 39 Central Ryan Turner (2nd)
17 Louisburg 32 Atlantic Jay Koloseus (2nd)
18 Illinois Central 30 Great Lakes Michael Lewellyn
19 MCC-Longview 29 Central Charlie Gilkison
20 South Plains 20 West Chris Beene (12th)
20 Jackson (Mich.) 20 Great Lakes Jeff Beagle (1st)
22 Carl Sandburg 19 Midwest Rodney Blue (1st)
23 Johnson County CC 16 Central Mike Bloemker (18th)
24 Pasco-Hernando 14 Atlantic Jacki Wachtel (9th)
25 South Florida State 12 Atlantic Krista Schult (1st)
Also Receiving Votes: Glendale (Ariz.) CC 9, Moraine Valley CC 5, Oakland CC 2, Dodge City CC 2, Cuyahoga CC 2, Sauk Valley CC 2, Waubonsee CC 1

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Rankings

2015 Week #1 — September 16

next release: September 30
Rank Institution Region Head Coach (Yr)
Last
Week
1 Harper Central Jim Macnider (5th)
2 Howard CC (Md.) East Steve Musselman (31st)
3 Joliet JC Central Rich McCarthy (10th)
4 Mohawk Valley CC Northeast Gary Parker (27th)
5 Bergen CC East Deana Dedovitch
6 SUNY Broome CC Northeast Tom Carter
7 Northampton CC Central Holly Stephans
8 Union County (N.J.) East Jason McFall (4th)
9 Camden County East Wayne Merkh (2nd)
10 Herkimer County CC Northeast Stephen Sydoriw (4th)

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Rankings

2015 Week #1 — September 16

next release: September 30
Rank Institution Region Head Coach (Yr)
Last
Week
1 Harper Central Jim Macnider (5th)
2 Suffolk County CC Northeast Matthew French (2nd)
3 Fashion Inst. of Tech. Northeast Joe Plutz (4th)
4 Joliet JC Central Rich McCarthy (10th)
5 Mohawk Valley CC Northeast Gary Parker (27th)
6 Bergen CC East Deana Dedovitch
7 Camden County East Wayne Merkh (2nd)
8 Rowan-Gloucester CC East Ryan Hughes (13th)
9 Anne Arundel CC East Jim Griffiths (8th)
10 Herkimer County CC Northeast Stephen Sydoriw (4th)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2015 Rankings & Polls Calendar
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Sat 11/21
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