2019 NJCAA DI Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANSCloud County CC and Iowa Central CC kick off the 2019 season as Week 1 leaders in the NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls.

There should be a lot of shifting in the ranks in the next few months as teams prepare for the 2019 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 9, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NJCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Central Arizona
Iowa Central CC
El Paso CC
Iowa Western CC
1
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
2
Central Arizona
3
Iowa Central CC
4
El Paso CC
5
Iowa Western CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Cloud County CC started the year sky high with wins at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic on August 30 followed by the Augustana Twilight Meet on September 6. The T-Birds earned six of the 10 first-place votes and tallied 191 points to edge Central Arizona College (187) and Iowa Central CC (184), which both received two first-place votes.

Leading the way for the T-Birds in 2019 is freshman Dais Malebana from Pretoria, South Africa, who has already been named National Athlete of the Week twice. He was also runner-up in last year’s South African U20 cross country championships.

Defending champion Central Arizona College and Iowa Central CC have traded the national trophy back and forth since 2012. Last year 18 points separated them at the national meet, but just 3 points currently separate them in the Week 1 poll. CAC’s top returning runner is Aaron Orar. He was 25th in last year’s nationals, just behind Iowa Central’s top returner, Milos Pendic in 24th.

El Paso CC is ranked No. 4 in the first poll. They were third at last year’s national meet and return all of its top 5. El Paso CC ran strong this past weekend at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial, where it finished runner-up to host NCAA Division I UTEP.

Iowa Western CC rounds out the top 5.

NJCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Central CC
El Paso CC
South Plains (Texas)
New Mexico JC
Cowley (Kan.)
1
Iowa Central CC
2
El Paso CC
3
South Plains (Texas)
4
New Mexico JC
5
Cowley (Kan.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Two-time defending national champion Iowa Central CC is a unanimous No. 1, collecting all 10 first-place votes in the Week 1 poll. The Tritons, who return three of its scoring 5 from last year, are led by Lilian Busienei, who was third at last year’s national meet.

Iowa Central CC is looking to three-peat for the second time in program history. The Tritons also won three in a row from 2011 to 2013.

2018 national runner-up El Paso CC in the No. 2 position to begin the season. The Tejanas also return three of its top 5, led by defending individual champion Everlyn Kemboi, who started the season with a runner-up finish at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial.

No. 3 South Plains College returns four of its top-5 and are led by Gladys Jemaiyo, runner-up at last year’s national meet. Just 4 points behind in the poll is New Mexico JC, with Cowley County CC rounding out the top-5.

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

2019 Week #1 - September 18th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2018
FINAL
1cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 6
2central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 1
3iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 2
4el-paso-ccEL PASO CC
Region V
 3
5iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
ICCAC/Region XI
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6trinidad-state-colo-jcTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC
Region IX
 11
7hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 7
8allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 10
9southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region XVIII
 5
10north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 25
11lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 16
12mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 14
13new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
 ---
14cleveland-state-tenn-ccCLEVELAND STATE (TENN.) CC
Region VII
 ---
15colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 8
16ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 13
17hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 19
18highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 18
19louisburg-n-cLOUISBURG (N.C.)
Region X
 12
19butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 29
21monroe-n-yMONROE (N.Y.)
Region XV
 30
22cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 17
23vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XXIV
 23
23hagerstown-md-ccHAGERSTOWN (MD.) CC
Region XX
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25indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 15
NJCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll

2019 Week #1 - September 18th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2018
FINAL
1iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 1
2el-paso-ccEL PASO CC
Region V
 2
3south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)
Region V
 5
4new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V
 ---
5cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 4
6central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 6
7iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
ICCAC/Region XI
 ---
8southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region XVIII
 3
9north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 23
10monroe-n-yMONROE (N.Y.)
Region XV
 21
11lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 17
12butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
13pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 10
14cuyahoga-ohio-ccCUYAHOGA (OHIO) CC
Region XII
 29
15mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 9
16muskegon-mich-ccMUSKEGON (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 15
17hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 12
18daytona-stateDAYTONA STATE
Region VIII
 24
18highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 25
20ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 18
21carl-albert-state-oklaCARL ALBERT STATE (OKLA.)
 ---
22grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ---
23vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
 ---
23pratt-kan-ccPRATT (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 13
25central-wyomingCENTRAL WYOMING
Region IX
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USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/18
Week 2Wed 10/2
Week 3Wed 10/16
Week 4Wed 10/30
Week 5Wed 11/6
Nov. 9: NJCAA DI National Champs (Albuquerque, N.M.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/9
Week-by-Week Ranking Charts

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