2021 NJCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Only two programs didn’t change places in the Pre-Championships edition of the NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The biggest mainstay was right at the top as Iowa Central CC continued as the unanimous No. 1 selection for the fourth week in a row. Elsewhere, regional action from the past weekend shook things up as teams are ready to line up for the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which are set for Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park near Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Central CC
Colby (Kan.) CC
Iowa Western CC
New Mexico JC
Northwest Kansas Tech
Iowa Central CC
Colby (Kan.) CC
Iowa Western CC
New Mexico JC
Northwest Kansas Tech
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Iowa Central CC won the Region XI Championships with its usual recipe that started with a blistering 1-2 combination of freshman Aspel Kiprob and defending national champion Kelvin Bungei. The Tritons, who haven’t lost to another JUCO team all year, will be seeking a repeat title at the NJCAA Division I Championships.

Colby (Kan.) CC moves back to No. 2 after an impressive victory in the Region VI Championships that featured the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams from the previous poll. Freshman Ricardo Barbosa leads the Trojans.

Jumping three spots to No. 3 is Iowa Western CC, which gave Iowa Central its closest battle of the season at the Region XI meet. The Reivers had a strong team effort led by freshman Nicholas Kiprotich, who finished a close third in a memorable individual race as the top three all broke the course record by over 15 seconds in running sub-24 for 8k.

New Mexico JC also leaped three positions, landing at No. 4. That’s the highest for the T-Birds since opening the season at No. 1. NMJC had their best race of the season in winning the the Region V Championships over five other ranked programs as freshman Evans Polotet was the individual runner-up.

No. 5 is Northwest Kansas Tech, down one spot. The Mavericks were runner-up in the top-loaded Region VI meet, which had former No. 2 Cloud County in third place. Vincent Nchogu, the current National Athlete of the Week, led the squad with his third individual win of the season.

Finishing out the top-10 are No. 6 El Paso (Texas) CC, No. 7 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC, No. 9 College of Southern Idaho and No. 10 Central Arizona. Trinidad State moved up six places after winning the Region IX Championships.

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

2021 Week #5 - November 3rd

1iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI (1)
(LW: 1)
2colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 3)
3iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
Region XI (2)
(LW: 6)
4new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V (1)
(LW: 7)
5northwest-kansas-techNORTHWEST KANSAS TECH
Region VI
(LW: 4)
6el-paso-texas-ccEL PASO (TEXAS) CC
Region V (2)
(LW: 5)
7cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 2)
8trinidad-state-colo-jcTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC
Region IX (1)
(LW: 14)
9southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX (1)
(LW: 9)
10central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I (2)
(LW: 8)
11garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 13)
12indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 11)
13ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V (3)
(LW: 21)
14hagerstown-md-ccHAGERSTOWN (MD.) CC
Region XX
(LW: 10)
15fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC
(LW: 12)
16monroe-new-rochelle-n-yMONROE-NEW ROCHELLE (N.Y.)
Region XV
(LW: 19)
17western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V (4)
(LW: 18)
18north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V (5)
(LW: 16)
19central-wyomingCENTRAL WYOMING
Region IX (4)
(LW: 15)
20southern-nevadaSOUTHERN NEVADA
Region XVIII
21hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 17)
22dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 20)
23vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
(LW: 22)
24colorado-mountainCOLORADO MOUNTAIN
Region IX (3)

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National 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 DI Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
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