2021 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Some great racing this past weekend was bound to make changes among the nation’s top teams!

Here is the Week 5 edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. A total of 18 teams moved up and down the leaderboard, while six programs earned the nod for a top-30 appearance.

There will be no National Coaches’ Poll released next week as teams gear up for Conference Championship weekend. The next installment of the National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Wednesday, October 27.

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Grand Valley State
Adams State
Augustana (S.D.)
Colorado Christian
1
Colo. School of Mines
1
Grand Valley State
3
Adams State
4
Augustana (S.D.)
5
Colorado Christian
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Nothing changed among the top-4 programs as co-No. 1s Colorado School of Mines and Grand Valley State, No. 3 Adams State and No. 4 Augustana (S.D.) held steady. No. 5 Colorado Christian rejoins the top-5 after a week-long hiatus. The Cougars topped a loaded field at the Lewis Crossover this past weekend and placed three runners in the top-7.

Pittsburg State moved from No. 11 to No. 6 following a five-spot improvement and setting another program record in the National Coaches’ Poll. It was a well deserved jump as the Gorillas took down former No. 7 (now No. 8) Lee (Tenn.), former No. 12 (now No. 11) Alabama-Huntsville, former No. 10 (now No. 12) Southern Indiana and former No. 14 (now No. 15) Missouri Southern. Those four teams finished second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Speaking of Alabama-Huntsville, the Chargers also earned an improvement in the rankings after finishing two points ahead of the Screaming Eagles, 119-121.

Four teams jumped multiple spots in this week’s National Coaches’ Poll after posting favorable results from this past weekend: Charleston (W.VA.) jumped two spots from No. 16 to No. 14; Lewis climbed three spots from No. 19 to No. 16; American International soared eight spots from No. 27 to No. 19; Walsh jumped three spots from No. 26 to No. 23. The Golden Eagles ran away from the competition to win the Royals XC Challenge. The Flyers and Cavaliers placed second and fifth, respectively, at the Lewis Crossover. The Yellow Jackets debuted a full squad and captured runner-up honors at the NEICAAA Championships to NCAA Division I Dartmouth, 60-78.

No. 24 Neb.-Kearney and No. 30 Saginaw Valley State both went from Not Ranked in Week 4 to top-30 billings in Week 5. The Lopers beat former No. 21 (now No. 26) Northwest Missouri, 90-93, for second place in the Gold section at the FHSU Tiger Classic. The Cardinals had an impressive sixth-place showing at the Lewis Crossover and beat former No. 22 (now RV) Biola (Calif.), former No. 24 (now NR) Cal State San Marcos and RV Michigan Tech.

Moving from the Land of Receiving Votes is No. 20 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 21 Western Washington, No. 25 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 29 Edinboro.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, as the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Abbey Golf Course in Tampa, Florida!

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

2021 Week 5 - October 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (10th)
236
(4 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
1 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (23rd)
236
(4 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Damon Martin (27th)
224 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (21st)
215 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
John Poag (8th)
203 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Kyle Rutledge (1st)
201 ▲ 5
(LW: 11)
7 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (26th)
186 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (8th)
183 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Matt Van Lierop (3rd)
177 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (15th)
168 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC
David Cain (24th)
157 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (24th)
145 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Mark Misch (15th)
144 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East
Nick Bias (8th)
141 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (6th)
126 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
James Kearney (8th)
121 ▲ 3
(LW: 19)
17 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (3)
GSC
Matthew Reneker (2nd)
120 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Tom Scott (4th)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Logan Sharpe (1st)
88 ▲ 8
(LW: 27)
20 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC
Grant Lofdahl (5th)
81
(LW: RV)
21 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (35th)
68
(LW: RV)
22 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (3)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (22nd)
67 ▼ 5
(LW: 17)
23 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (10th)
63 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (4)
MIAA
Brady Bonsall (15th)
55 NR
25 embry-riddle-fla EMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
South Region (4)
Sunshine
Michael Rosolino (19th)
45
(LW: RV)
26 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (5)
MIAA
Wick Cunningham (1st)
40 ▼ 5
(LW: 21)
27 fresno-pacific FRESNO PACIFIC
West Region (4)
PacWest
Ray Winter (8th)
39 ▼ 7
(LW: 20)
28 augusta AUGUSTA
Southeast Region (3)
PBC
Adam Ward (11th)
30 ▼ 5
(LW: 23)
29 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (2)
PSAC
Nathan Meeuwenberg (1st)
13
(LW: RV)
30 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (7)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (12th)
12 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Illinois-Springfield 11, West Texas A&M 11, Southern Connecticut 10, Michigan Tech 6, Biola (Calif.) 5, Florida Southern 3, Cal State Stanislaus 1

Dropped Out: No. 22 Biola (Calif.), No. 24 Cal State San Marcos, No. 25 Cal State Stanislaus, No. 28 Southern Connecticut, No. 29 West Texas A&M, No. 30 Anderson (S.C.)

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
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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
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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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