2021 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – A lot has already changed since the preseason installment of the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

The Week 1 edition, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, features 26 programs finding a new place among the top-30, including a new No. 1!

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Grand Valley State
Adams State
Chico State
Lee (Tenn.)
1
Colo. School of Mines
2
Grand Valley State
3
Adams State
4
Chico State
5
Lee (Tenn.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Colorado School of Mines gained a spot to become your new No. 1 and bumped Grand Valley State down to No. 2. While the Orediggers haven’t competed as a full team yet, one of their athletes – Dillon Powell – won the individual title at the Wyoming Invite that featured NCAA Division I Colorado and Colorado State. The Lakers showed off their depth and took home the win at the Calvin Knight Invite to open up the season.

No. 3 Adams State and No. 4 Chico State remained steady after the preseason release. The Grizzlies posted a perfect score en route to winning the Joe I. Vigil Open. The Wildcats earned a convincing win at the San Francisco State Invitational and placed seven runners in the top-11.

Lee (Tenn.) jumped five spots to No. 5 for the program’s best placement in the National Coaches’ Poll. The Flames opened up the season with an impressive team victory at the City Auto Memphis Twilight Classic, beating former No. 8 Alabama-Huntsville (now No. 11) and several NCAA Division I programs. Lee (Tenn.) had four runners cross in the top-9, including individual winner Christian Noble.

Joining the top-10 for the first time this season is No. 10 Colorado Christian, also a program best. The Cougars improved their billing by two spots after topping the field at the JK Gold Classic, including NCAA Division I Wichita State, and swept the top-4 scoring positions.

Three programs also received their best ranking in the National Coaches’ Poll to date: No. 13 Wingate (up four from No. 17); No. 14 Cal State Stanislaus (up two from No. 16); No. 28 Mississippi College (up one from No. 29). Those three combined to win four of five meets to begin the season.

After the first two weeks of competition, several teams are making their first appearance of the year in the top-30: No. 19 Simon Fraser (previously NR); No. 22 Biola (Calif.) (previously RV) and No. 27 Michigan Tech (previously NR). The Eagles edged out now No. 25 Cal State San Marcos, 45-46, at the Biola Invitational.

Mark your calendars – the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 20 at Abbey Golf Course in Tampa, Florida.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 1 - September 15th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (10th)
237
(5 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (23rd)
234
(3 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Damon Martin (27th)
225 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (26th)
213 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (8th)
203 ▲ 5
(LW: 10)
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (6th)
199 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (15th)
190 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Tom Scott (4th)
185 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (21st)
169 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
John Poag (8th)
165 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC
David Cain (24th)
161 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 augusta AUGUSTA
Southeast Region (2)
PBC
Adam Ward (11th)
158 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (3)
SAC
Pol Domenech (2nd)
149 ▲ 4
(LW: 17)
14 cal-state-stanislaus CAL STATE STANISLAUS
West Region (2)
CCAA
Darren Holman (6th)
130 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
James Kearney (8th)
129 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (24th)
120 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (5)
Lone Star
Jake Krolick (5th)
110 ▼ 3
(LW: 14)
18 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Wick Cunningham (1st)
107 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (3)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (22nd)
95 NR
20 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (10th)
91 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Logan Sharpe (1st)
77 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 biola-calif BIOLA (CALIF.)
West Region (4)
PacWest
Sean Henning (7th)
68
(LW: RV)
23 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (6)
RMAC
Mark Misch (15th)
63 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
24 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East
Nick Bias (8th)
52 ▼ 5
(LW: 19)
25 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (5)
CCAA
Torrey Olson (4th)
46 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (4)
MIAA
Brady Bonsall (15th)
34 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (5)
GLIAC
Kristina Owen (2nd)
30 NR
28 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (3)
GSC
Matthew Reneker (2nd)
25 ▲ 1
(LW: 29)
29 fresno-pacific FRESNO PACIFIC
West Region (6)
PacWest
Ray Winter (8th)
18 ▼ 8
(LW: 21)
30 colorado-mesa COLORADO MESA
South Central Region (7)
RMAC
Shane Niksic (1st)
11 ▼ 7
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Illinois-Springfield 7, Pittsburg State 6, Edinboro 5, Azusa Pacific 4, Southern Connecticut 4

Dropped Out: No. 24 Western Washington, No. 27 Saginaw Valley State, No. 30 Pittsburg State

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/1
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 2: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/15
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 16: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 2: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/13
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 22-24: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/26
Wed 10/27
Nov. 6: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Thu 11/11
Nov. 20: NCAA DII Championships
(Saint Leo, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/6
Sat 11/20
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