The Warm Up/Cool Down (Week of Oct. 15) – NJCAA Version

This is the biggest weekend of the regular season in NJCAA Cross Country!

We’ll see a number of cross-divisional matchups between top-ranked teams from the most recent NJCAA Cross Country Men’s & Women’s National Coaches’ Polls.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Cross Country Polls Central

Remember: The 2020 NJCAA Cross Country Championships for all three divisions are scheduled for Saturday, November 14 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. That’s less than one month away now!

Indian Hills CC Invitational

NJCAA DI No. 1 Iowa Central CC vs. NJCAA DI No. 2 Iowa Western CC in the men’s race.

NJCAA DI No. 1 Iowa Central CC vs. NJCAA DI No. 5 Iowa Western CC in the women’s race.

Do we have your attention now? Well, we should.

If not, let’s go ahead and add NJCAA DII No. 3 North Iowa Area CC, NJCAA DII No. 7 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC, NJCAA DI No. 10 Highland (Kan.) CC, NJCAA DI No. 14 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC and NJCAA DI No. 21 Southwestern (Iowa) CC to the men’s race; NJCAA DII No. 3 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC, NJCAA DII No. 10 North Iowa Area CC and NJCAA DI No. 19 Scott (Kan.) CC are also now entered in the women’s race.

Those teams wouldn’t be ranked as high as they are without their incredible athletes, though, and due to that, we’ll see incredible races for the individual titles. Six National Athletes of the Week from the 2020 season so far will be entered: Pur Biel and Kelvin Bungei of Iowa Central CC and Sam Mickelson of Hawkeye (Iowa) CC on the men’s side; two-time honoree Faith Linga of Iowa Western CC, Eleonora Curtabbi of Iowa Central CC and Sarah Bertry of North Iowa Area CC on the women’s side.

Bethel College Cross Country Invitational

Cross-divisional competition at the NJCAA level will be out in full force on Friday at the Bethel College Cross Country Invitational.

In the men’s race, you’ll see three top-25 ranked teams from the most recent NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll go up against a top-5 ranked NJCAA Division II program. Those NJCAA DI teams include No. 8 Colby (Kan.) CC, No. 13 Dodge City (Kan.) CC and No. 17 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC, while second-ranked Cowley (Kan.) CC and No. 9 Metropolitan (Mo.) CC are two of the top NJCAA DII programs ranked among the nation’s best.

In the women’s race, you’ll see four top-25 ranked teams from the most recent NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll battle the top-ranked NJCAA Division II program. Those NJCAA DI teams include No. 2 Colby (Kan.) CC, No. 7 Dodge City (Kan.) CC, No. 14 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC and No. 18 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, while No. 1 Cowley (Kan.) CC holds it down for its NJCAA DII sisters.

Two former National Athletes of the Week will duel in the women’s race: Abigael Kemboi of Colby (Kan.) CC and Lubna Suied of Cowley (Kan.) CC.

UNK Invitational

Top-10 battles between NJCAA Division I programs highlight both races.

The men’s race features fourth-ranked Hutchinson (Kan.) CC and seventh-ranked Cloud County (Kan.) CC. That also means you’ll see a head-to-head race between Teagan Flanagan of Hutchinson CC and Habtamu Geta of Cloud County CC, both of whom were former National Athletes of the Week.

The women’s race presents third-ranked Cloud County (Kan.) CC alongside eighth-ranked Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Former National Athlete of the Week Patricia Koma will lead the T-Birds into action for the fourth time this season and will hope to further establish herself into a national contender.