2017 NJCAA DI Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Pre-Championships

NEW ORLEANS – It’s finally time for the 2017 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

The best of the best in NJCAA Division I travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa this weekend to find out which individuals and teams will earn the right be called champions.

Allow this post to serve as a preview of sorts for this weekend as we’ll hash out the most recent National Coaches’ Polls that were released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

QUICK LINKSMen’s Poll | Women’s Poll
NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL – SUMMARY PDF
NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL – 2017 Week By Week
NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL – All-Time Week By Week

For those who are new or need a refresher, the NJCAA Division I 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.

Men’s Story

If the most recent NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll has any bearing on what could happen this weekend, it’s going to be a four-team race between top-ranked Iowa Central, No. 2 Central Arizona, No. 3 South Plains (Texas) and No. 4 Paradise Valley (Ariz.).

All four of those teams separated themselves from the pack throughout the season and each sit with more than 200 points in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll.

The Tritons, who are hosting the meet this year, own eight out of the 10 first-place votes given out by the electorate. Iowa Central last won the national title in 2015, which completed a back-to-back run by Dee Brown’s program.

Anything can happen out on the course, though, as the Tritons were favored last year but Central Arizona put five in the top-25 and won the crown. The Vaqueros also happen to have the remaining two first-place votes in the most recent index.

Central Arizona is without 2016 individual champion Gilbert Kigen (who is now at Alabama) and Jorge Perez (third overall), but has reloaded with Ikageng Gaorekhe and Manuel Olivo-Quinones in those top-2 spots.

Two men who finished in the top-5 last year do return and they should be considered favorites to win the individual title: Cloud County’s Moses Dirane (second last year) and Iowa Central’s Karim Achengli (fourth). Achengli has been named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week four times in 2017.

Now if a team other than Iowa Central or Central Arizona wins the team title, it will be the first time that happened since 2011. Paradise Valley won it that year and enters this meet ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Women’s Story

Iowa Central is heavily favored to win its first team title since 2013.

The Tritons enter this weekend’s meet with all 10 first-place votes in the final National Coaches’ Poll of the season.

Sitting behind Iowa Central in the poll is Central Arizona, El Paso (Texas) and Cowley (Kan.) County. The College of Southern Idaho rounds out the final top-5.

Last year the race for the team title was incredible as the top-4 teams were separated by eight points or fewer. Lansing (Mich.) only won by three points over Central Arizona and El Paso.

If the Stars want to repeat in 2017, they have their work cut out for themselves. Lansing (Mich.) enters the meet ranked seventh in the nation.

From an individual standpoint, Sandra Szpott of Garden City CC is the top returning finisher. Szpott took third last year behind Leanne Pompeani and Susan Ejore.

Also returning is El Paso’s Shalet Mitei, who finished fifth last year.

Look for Iowa Central’s Adva Cohen to compete for the individual title as well, especially after she was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week three times in 2017.

Other National Athletes of the Week that could be a factor include New Mexico JC’s Esther Gitahi, Colby (Kan.)’s Winnie Kibet and Pima (Ariz.)’s Katherine Bruno.

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2017 Week #5 — November 8

next release: none, NJCAA Championships, November 11
Rank Institution (FPV) Points NJCAA USTFCCCA Head Coach (Yr)
Last
Week
1 Iowa Central CC (8) 248 Region XI Midwest Dee Brown (14th)
1
2 Central Arizona (2) 242 Region I West Paul Tavares (18th)
2
3 South Plains (Texas) 230 Region V West Erik Vance (2nd)
3
4 Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC 215 Region I West Dave Barney (22nd)
4
5 Vincennes (Ind.) 194 Region XII Great Lakes Blake Albrecht (1st)
5
5 Louisburg (N.C.) 194 Region X Atlantic Josh Hayman (1st)
5
7 Lansing (Mich.) CC 186 Region XII Great Lakes Jim Robinson (9th)
7
8 Allen (Kan.) CC 183 Region VI Central Vince DeGrado (7th)
8
9 Southern Idaho 175 Region XVIII West Lindsey Anderson (1st)
9
10 Mesa (Ariz.) CC 156 Region I West Dan Pescador (3rd)
10
11 El Paso CC 147 Region V West Felix Hinojosa (18th)
11
12 Colby (Kan.) CC 124 Region VI Central Cameron Rieth (3rd)
13
13 Macomb (Mich.) CC 118 Region XII Great Lakes Kim Renas (5th)
12
14 North Iowa Area CC 101 Region XI Midwest Curtis Vais (14th)
14
15 Cloud County (Kan.) CC 96 Region VI Central Drew Mahin (5th)
16
16 Ranger (Texas) 90 Region V West Kathy Graham (3rd)
15
17 Gillette (Wyo.) 85 Region IX West Sean Smith (1st)
16
18 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC 80 Region XII Great Lakes Matt Sicilia (3rd)
18
19 Cowley County (Kan.) CC 79 Region VI Central Dan Adler (2nd)
19
20 Western Texas 63 Region V West James Williams (5th)
20
21 Butler (Kan.) CC 59 Region VI Central Dustin Mettler (1st)
21
22 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC 44 Region IX West Lauren Martin (2nd)
22
23 Monroe (N.Y.) 38 Region XV Atlantic Shirvon Greene (3rd)
23
24 Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC 21 Region IV Midwest Dimitri Dimizas (2nd)
24
25 Muskegon (Mich.) CC 19 Region XII Great Lakes Dan Fishel (6th)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Waubonsee (Ill.) CC 18, Hawkeye (Iowa) CC 10, Highland (Kan.) CC 8, Pima (Ariz.) CC 7, Lake County (Ill.) 5, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC 4, Morton (Ill.) 3, Johnson County (Kan.) CC 3, Southwestern (Iowa) CC 3
Dropped Out: (none)

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2017 Week #5 — November 8

next release: none, NJCAA Championships, November 11
Rank Institution (FPV) Points NJCAA USTFCCCA Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Iowa Central CC (10) 250 Region XI Midwest Dee Brown (14th)
1
2 Central Arizona 233 Region I West Paul Tavares (18th)
2
3 El Paso CC 227 Region V West Felix Hinojosa (18th)
3
4 Cowley County (Kan.) CC 218 Region VI Central Dan Adler (2nd)
4
5 Southern Idaho 199 Region XVIII West Lindsey Anderson (1st)
6
6 Vincennes (Ind.) 194 Region XII Great Lakes Blake Albrecht (1st)
5
7 Lansing (Mich.) CC 190 Region XII Great Lakes Jim Robinson (9th)
7
8 Colby (Kan.) CC 182 Region VI Central Cameron Rieth (3rd)
8
9 Allen (Kan.) CC 177 Region VI Central Vince DeGrado (7th)
9
10 South Plains (Texas) 155 Region V West Erik Vance (2nd)
10
11 New Mexico JC 144 Region V West Jeff Becker (5th)
11
12 Butler (Kan.) CC 132 Region VI Central Dustin Mettler (1st)
12
13 Pima (Ariz.) CC 124 Region I West Greg Wenneborg (13th)
12
14 Mesa (Ariz.) CC 118 Region I West Dan Pescador (3rd)
14
15 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC 107 Region IX West Lauren Martin (2nd)
15
16 Macomb (Mich.) CC 98 Region XII Great Lakes Kim Renas (5th)
16
17 Iowa Western CC 84 Region XI Midwest Emmett Statzer (11th)
17
18 Hutchinson (Kan.) CC 75 Region VI Central Justin Riggs (3rd)
19
19 Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC 70 Region XII Great Lakes Don Cox (26th)
18
20 Monroe (N.Y.) 68 Region XV Atlantic Shirvon Greene (3rd)
20
21 Ranger (Texas) 56 Region V West Kathy Graham (3rd)
21
22 Highland (Kan.) CC 44 Region VI Central Tom Bond (10th)
22
23 Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) 38 Region X Atlantic Ken Roach (3rd)
23
24 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC 25 Region XI Midwest Micah Ruroden (1st)
24
25 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC 14 Region XI Midwest Scott Barnes (4th)
25
Also Receiving Votes: North Iowa Area CC 7, Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) 7, NMMI 4, Muskegon (Mich.) CC 3, DuPage (Ill.) 2
Dropped Out: (none)
NJCAA Division I
's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 5 - November 8th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 iowa-central-cc IOWA CENTRAL CC 250
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 central-arizona CENTRAL ARIZONA 233 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 el-paso-cc EL PASO CC 227 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 cowley-kan COWLEY (KAN.) 218 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
6 vincennes-ind VINCENNES (IND.) 194 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 lansing-mich-cc LANSING (MICH.) CC 190 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colby-kan-cc COLBY (KAN.) CC 182 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 allen-kan-cc ALLEN (KAN.) CC 177 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 south-plains-texas SOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS) 155 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 new-mexico-jc NEW MEXICO JC 144 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 butler-kan-cc BUTLER (KAN.) CC 132 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 pima-ariz-cc PIMA (ARIZ.) CC 124 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 mesa-ariz-cc MESA (ARIZ.) CC 118 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 trinidad-state-colo-jc TRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC 107 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 macomb-mich-cc MACOMB (MICH.) CC 98 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 iowa-western-cc IOWA WESTERN CC 84 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 hutchinson-kan-cc HUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC 75 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 cuyahoga-ohio-cc CUYAHOGA (OHIO) CC 70 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 monroe-n-y MONROE (N.Y.) 68 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 ranger-texas RANGER (TEXAS) 56 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 highland-kan-cc HIGHLAND (KAN.) CC 44 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 spartanburg-methodist-s-c SPARTANBURG METHODIST (S.C.) 38 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 hawkeye-iowa-cc HAWKEYE (IOWA) CC 25 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 indian-hills-iowa-cc INDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC 14 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) 7, North Iowa Area CC 7, NMMI 4, Muskegon (Mich.) CC 3, DuPage (Ill.) 2

Dropped Out: No. 4 Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC, No. 5 Louisburg (N.C.), No. 16 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 16 Gillette (Wyo.), No. 18 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC, No. 20 Western Texas, No. 24 Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC, No. 25 Waubonsee (Ill.) CC

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