2021 NJCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – Movement was just about everywhere in Week 2 of the NJCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

One of the biggest movers was way up at the top, as Cowley (Kan.) leapfrogged the previous top-3 to land as the new No. 1. Six new programs entered the rankings, including three in the top-10.

The 2021 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Cowley (Kan.)
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Daytona State (Fla.)
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Daytona State (Fla.)
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Cowley (Kan.) impressed many with a dominating win at the Missouri Southern Stampede on September 18, enough to secure all 12 first-place votes in the Week 2 poll. The Tigers, who return all five scorers from last year’s third-place team, were led by the 1-2 punch of Adrian Diaz-Lopez and Amos Pkiach, who had identical times of 24:40.3 over the 8k course. Diaz-Lopez’s win earned him National Athlete of the Week honors. The duo went 2-3 in last year’s NJCAA Division II Championships.

Moving down from the top spot is Heartland (Ill.) CC. The Hawks were the leading JUCO team at the Bradley Invitational on September 17, finishing 2nd with freshman Briar Nevills earning team-high honors.

Daytona State (Fla.) CC is No. 3, down one position from the last poll. The Falcons were the leading JUCO team in finishing 6th at the Mountain Dew Invitational on September 11. Andy Martinez, fourth in last year’s NJCAA Division II Championships, was the top JUCO individual in 21st (19:23.7 over 6k).

Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC moved from a tie for No. 3 to No. 4 in the latest rankings. The Raiders haven’t competed since the Calvin Knight Invitational on Sept. 4, when they were the top JUCO squad in 11th against four-year programs. Freshman Coleman Clark was the team’s top runner, and the Raiders also return Joshua Kipkoech, who was fifth in last year’s NJCAA Division II Championships.

Debuting in the rankings at No. 5 is Lansing (Mich.) CC, the program’s first-ever ranking in Division II. The Stars were the top JUCO team at the John McNichols Invitational on September 18, finishing 7th among four-year schools. Freshman Erik Reiber of Lansing was the meet’s leading JUCO individual (47th in 26:44.5 for 8k).

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Carl Sandburg (Ill.), No. 7 North Iowa Area CC, No. 8 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 9 Southeast (Neb.) CC and No. 10 Wallace State (Ala.) CC. North Iowa Area is the defending NJCAA Division II champions.

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

2021 Week #2 - September 22nd

1cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI (1)
(LW: 5)
2heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
(LW: 1)
3daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII (1)
(LW: 2)
4grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 3)
5lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
6carl-sandburg-illCARL SANDBURG (ILL.)
Region IV
7north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI (1)
(LW: 6)
8mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (2)
(LW: 8)
9southeast-neb-ccSOUTHEAST (NEB.) CC
Region IX (2)
10wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII (1)
(LW: 7)
11hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 3)
12lake-sumter-state-flaLAKE-SUMTER STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII (2)
(LW: 11)
13allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 10)
14northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II (1)
(LW: 15)
15paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (1)
16ua-rich-mountain-arkUA RICH MOUNTAIN (ARK.)
Region II (2)
(LW: RV)
17state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI (3)
18jackson-michJACKSON (MICH.)
Region XII
(LW: 21)
19moraine-valley-ill-ccMORAINE VALLEY (ILL.) CC
Region IV
(LW: 17)
20st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 9)
21tallahassee-fla-ccTALLAHASSEE (FLA.) CC
Region VIII (3)
(LW: 13)
22metropolitan-mo-ccMETROPOLITAN (MO.) CC
Region XVII (2)
(LW: 19)
23kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
(LW: 23)
24oakland-mich-ccOAKLAND (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 15)
25southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 18)
pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (1)
(LW: 14)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
Cowley (Kan.)511111
Daytona State (Fla.)234322
Heartland (Ill.) CC123453
Mesa (Ariz.) CC882234
Lansing (Mich.) CC55545
Carl Sandburg (Ill.)67676
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC346797
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC158968
Lake-Sumter State (Fla.)11121514119
North Iowa Area CC6798810
NorthWest Arkansas CC151414151311
Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC171924181512
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC92010101013
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC31112111214
Wallace State (Ala.) CC71013121415
Southeast (Neb.) CC911131716
Florida State-Jacksonville21RV2317
Tallahassee (Fla.) CC132116191618
Metropolitan (Mo.) CC192222252019
Oakland (Mich.) CC152417161920
Kaskaskia (Ill.)23232524RV21
Southwestern Michigan1219171822
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)RV1620222423
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)20232224
State Fair (Mo.)1722212525
Walters State (Tenn.) CC2127
Jackson (Mich.)2118182021
Southeastern (Iowa) CC182525
Allen (Kan.) CC1013
Pima (Ariz.) CC14RV
Macomb (Mich.) CCRV
Waubonsee (Ill.) CCRV
Redlands (Okla.) CCRV

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/8
Week 2Wed 9/22
Week 3Wed 10/6
Week 4Wed 10/20
Week 5Wed 11/3
Nov. 13: NJCAA DII Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13