2017 NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The reigning national champions in NJCAA Division I Cross Country aren’t expected to repeat according to the first batch of National Coaches’ Polls conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Central Arizona men and Lansing (Mich.) women were both toppled by Iowa Central on Wednesday. In fact, the Stars fell all the way down to sixth to begin the 2017 season.

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For those who are new or need a refresher, the NJCAA Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls are voted on by 10 coaches from around the nation. Points are assigned to each spot in the poll and the team with the most points is No. 1, followed by the second most and so on and so forth.

The 2017 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, November 11 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Men’s Story

It’s neck and neck atop the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll as Iowa Central and Central Arizona split 10 first-place votes between them. That’s right: The Tritons and Vaqueros each tallied five first-place votes from the coaches, but Iowa Central nabbed two more points elsewhere.

The Tritons will be led this season by Karim Achengli, who is already a two-time National Athlete of the Week. Achengli most recently won the individual title at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State this past weekend.

Central Arizona must find a way to replenish its roster after losing both Gilbert Kigen and Jorge Perez. Kigen and Perez finished first and third at the 2016 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships but exhausted their JUCO eligibility.

Allen (Kan.) CC sits third behind Iowa Central and Central Arizona. The top returner from last year’s national meet for the Red Devils is Anthony Glasgow, who finished 21st.

South Plains (Texas) and Butler (Kan.) CC round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Monroe (N.Y.) was the biggest gainer from the end of last season as it jumped 20 spots from No. 31 to No. 11.

Women’s Story

Iowa Central earned eight of the 10 first-place votes in the Women’s National Coaches’ Poll and in turn owns a 10-point advantage over No. 2 Cowley County (Kan.) CC.

The Tritons have shown their might during the season thus far, placing second behind NCAA Division I Iowa at the Hawkeye Invitational and wiping the floor with the JUCO competition at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State. Adva Cohen has been the key cog for Iowa Central and most recently finished 11th at the Spartan Invitational.

Cowley County had one of the most notable jumps in the poll from last year as it went from No. 9 to No. 2. The Tigers romped to the team title at the Missouri Southern Stampede this past weekend and were paced by Naomi Similus, who finished runner-up in 18:32.52.

El Paso CC starts the 2017 season right where it ended up in 2016 – third.

Allen (Kan.) CC and Central Arizona sit fourth and fifth, respectively.

Notable jumps were made by Vincennes (Ind.) (No. 16 to No. 6) and Butler (Kan.) CC (No. 17 to No. 8).

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2017 Week #1 — September 20

next release: October 4
Rank Institution (FPV) Points NJCAA USTFCCCA Head Coach (Yr)
2016 FINAL
1 Iowa Central CC (5) 195 Region XI Midwest Dee Brown (14th)
2
2 Central Arizona (5) 193 Region I West Paul Tavares (18th)
1
3 Allen (Kan.) CC 168 Region VI Central Vince DeGrado (7th)
4
4 South Plains (Texas) 146 Region V West Erik Vance (2nd)
3
5 Butler (Kan.) CC 144 Region VI Central Dustin Mettler (1st)
6
6 North Iowa Area CC 135 Region XI Midwest Curtis Vais (14th)
9
7 Lansing (Mich.) CC 130 Region XII Great Lakes Jim Robinson (9th)
8
8 Mesa (Ariz.) CC 126 Region I West Dan Pescador (3rd)
17
9 Vincennes (Ind.) 114 Region XII Great Lakes Blake Albrecht (1st)
12
10 Louisburg (N.C.) 107 Region X Atlantic Josh Hayman (1st)
11
11 Monroe (N.Y.) 94 Region XV Atlantic Shirvon Greene (3rd)
31
12 Ranger (Texas) 93 Region V West Kathy Graham (3rd)
24
13 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC 74 Region XII Great Lakes Matt Sicilia (3rd)
16
14 El Paso CC 73 Region V West Felix Hinojosa (18th)
21
15 Colby (Kan.) CC 64 Region VI Central Cameron Rieth (3rd)
22
16 Cloud County (Kan.) CC 59 Region VI Central Drew Mahin (5th)
13
17 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC 41 Region XI Midwest Mitch Ruroden (1st)
**
18 Highland (Kan.) CC 35 Region VI Central Chad Clevenger (8th)
15
19 Cowley County (Kan.) CC 25 Region VI Central Dan Adler (2nd)
18
20 Gillette (Wyo.) 24 Region IX West Sean Smith (1st)
5
20 Macomb (Mich.) CC 24 Region XII Great Lakes Kim Renas (5th)
NR
22 Hutchinson (Kan.) CC 11 Region VI Central Justin Riggs (3rd)
28
23 Waubonsee (Ill.) CC 8 Region IV Midwest Trevor Howard (3rd)
25
24 Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC 6 Region IV Midwest Dimitri Dimizas (2nd)
NR
25 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC 5 Region IX West Lauren Martin (2nd)
20
Also Receiving Votes: Iowa Western, Muskegon
** new program beginning competition in 2017

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2017 Week #1 — September 20

next release: October 4
Rank Institution (FPV) Points NJCAA USTFCCCA Head Coach (Yr*)
2016 FINAL
1 Iowa Central CC (8) 198 Region XI Midwest Dee Brown (14th)
4
2 Cowley County (Kan.) CC (2) 188 Region VI Central Dan Adler (2nd)
9
3 El Paso CC 170 Region V West Felix Hinojosa (18th)
3
4 Allen (Kan.) CC 167 Region VI Central Vince DeGrado (7th)
7
5 Central Arizona 166 Region I West Paul Tavares (18th)
2
6 Vincennes (Ind.) 143 Region XII Great Lakes Blake Albrecht (1st)
16
7 Lansing (Mich.) CC 133 Region XII Great Lakes Jim Robinson (9th)
1
8 Butler (Kan.) CC 125 Region VI Central Dustin Mettler (1st)
17
9 Colby (Kan.) CC 115 Region VI Central Cameron Rieth (3rd)
10
10 South Plains (Texas) 105 Region V West Erik Vance (2nd)
8
11 Iowa Western CC 91 Region XI Midwest Emmett Statzer (11th)
14
12 Hutchinson (Kan.) CC 87 Region VI Central Justin Riggs (3rd)
NR
13 New Mexico JC 81 Region V West Jeff Becker (5th)
NR
14 Highland (Kan.) CC 63 Region VI Central Tom Bond (10th)
26
15 Ranger (Texas) 58 Region V West Kathy Graham (3rd)
21
16 Mesa (Ariz.) CC 53 Region I West Dan Pescador (3rd)
5
17 Monroe (N.Y.) 45 Region XV Atlantic Shirvon Greene (3rd)
NR
18 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC 30 Region IX West Lauren Martin (2nd)
27
19 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC 23 Region XI Midwest Scott Barnes (4th)
20
20 Macomb (Mich.) CC 20 Region XII Great Lakes Kim Renas (5th)
24
21 Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC 18 Region XII Great Lakes Don Cox (26th)
12
22 Pima (Ariz.) CC 7 Region I West Greg Wenneborg (13th)
NR
23 Hesston (Kan.) 6 Region VI Central Gerry Sieber (7th)
29
24 Dodge City (Kan.) CC 3 Region VI Central Cole Ballard (5th)
13
24 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC 3 Region XII Great Lakes Matt Sicilia (3rd)
NR
Also Receiving Votes: Louisburg, Northern Virginia

USTFCCCA 2017 NJCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Wed 10/18
MEN |
Week 4Wed 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Wed 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 11: NJCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/11

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time