2018 NJCAA DI Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The NJCAA Division I cross country season is well underway, which means it’s time for Week One of the Men’s and Women’s National Coaches’ Polls, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA).

The top teams in the nation will spend the season battling for eventual podium spots at the 2018 NJCAA National Championships on Saturday, November 10 in Garden City, Kansas, hosted by Garden City Community College.

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NATIONAL COACHES’ RANKING
MEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years
WOMEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years

Men’s Story

Central Arizona College was named the top team in the nation as last year’s national runner up looks to take another shot at the title with a deep squad.

The Vaqueros are led by All-Americans Manuel Olivio-Quinones and Ikageng Goarekwa who finished fourth and 12th at nationals a year ago. Central Arizona got the year underway with a fifth-place finish at the UC-Riverside Invitational, knocking off multiple NCAA Division I teams in the process.

The program hasn’t finished lower than third at the NJCAA Championships since 2010 and received nine of the 11 first place votes in this week’s poll.

Earning one first place vote to take the No. 2 spot was last year’s national champions in Iowa Central Community College.

The Tritons are fresh off a win at the All-American Invitational this past weekend and have already raced three times this season.

Cloud County Community College was picked as the No. 3 team after the squad has had an impressive early start to the year. The unit, which firsted 13th at nationals last season, just won the Class Golf standings at the Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational which consisted of NCAA DII, NAIA and NJCAA teams.

The group has been led by Dennis Kiptoo who has been named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for two-straight weeks.

Claiming the No. 4 spot was El Paso Community College after the unit claimed the team title at the Lori Fitzgerald Classic this past weekend, beating out teams from Western New Mexico, New Mexico State and UTEP.

Rounding out the top-five is No. 5 Hutchinson Community College after the Blue Dragons won the College/JUCO Men’s Race at the Missouri Southern Stampede Classic this past weekend.

Women’s Story

The top of women’s poll was closer than that of the men’s as defending national champion Iowa Central Community College was selected in the No. 1 spot with six first place votes.

The Tritons won the All-American Invitational this past weekend in their third race of the season. The unit was led by individual champion Abeba Sullivan who was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for her efforts.

Right behind them in No. 2 is El Paso Community College with four first place votes after the group finished second overall at the Lori Fitzgerald Open, bettering teams from New Mexico, New Mexico State and Western New Mexico.

Slotting in at No. 3 is Cowley County College after they won the College/JUCO race at the Missouri Southern Stampede Classic this past weekend.

Taking the No. 4 spot is last year’s runner up Central Arizona College. The Vaqueras are led by All-American Allianna Atencio and are fresh off a 10th-place finish at the UC-Riverside Invitational.

Completing the top-five is No. 5 South Plains College after the Lady Texans finished fourth overall at the Texas Tech Open this past weekend.

NJCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country
USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week #1 - September 19th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2017
FINAL
1central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 2
2iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 1
3cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 13
4el-paso-ccEL PASO CC
Region V
 19
5hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 22
6south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)
Region V
 3
7allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 5
8trinidad-state-colo-jcTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC
Region IX
 16
9southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region XVIII
 6
10louisburg-n-cLOUISBURG (N.C.)
Region X
 10
11lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 8
12hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 25
13colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 12
14ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 11
15waubonsee-ill-ccWAUBONSEE (ILL.) CC
Region IV
 27
16cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 20
17north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 18
17mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 15
19grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 24
20indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 35
21pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 30
22dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
23meridian-miss-ccMERIDIAN (MISS.) CC
Region XXIII
 ---
23highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 26
25southwestern-iowa-ccSOUTHWESTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
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NJCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week #1 - September 19th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2017
FINAL
1iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 1
2el-paso-ccEL PASO CC
Region V
 10
3cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 3
4central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 2
5south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)
Region V
 7
6hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 18
7allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 5
8southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region XVIII
 4
9pratt-kan-ccPRATT (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
10highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 20
11mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 16
11trinidad-state-colo-jcTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC
Region IX
 11
13hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 26
14north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 29
15lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 8
16pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 24
17pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 21
18dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
19monroe-n-yMONROE (N.Y.)
Region XV
 23
20macomb-mich-ccMACOMB (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 14
21sauk-valley-ill-ccSAUK VALLEY (ILL.) CC
Region IV
 ---
22muskegon-mich-ccMUSKEGON (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 30
23louisburg-n-cLOUISBURG (N.C.)
Region X
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USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/19
Week 2Wed 10/3
Week 3Wed 10/17
Week 4Wed 10/31
Week 5Wed 11/7Nov. 10: NJCAA DI Champs, Garden City, Kan.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
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