2021 NJCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – There’s a new name at the top of the NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll as New Mexico JC has its first-ever No. 1 ranking.

The Week 1 edition of the poll previews a potential thrilling season as the T-Birds are just one point ahead of defending champion Iowa Central CC. The 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
New Mexico JC
Iowa Central CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Northwest Kansas Tech
Southern Idaho
1
New Mexico JC
2
Iowa Central CC
3
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
4
Northwest Kansas Tech
5
Southern Idaho
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

New Mexico JC opened the year at the Texas Tech Open on September 4, finishing fifth in a field of mostly NCAA Division I and Division II programs. Freshman Evans Polotet led the T-Birds with an eighth-place finish in 20:09.8 over the 4-mile course. NMJC’s previous high ranking in the polls was No. 2 in Week 1 of 2020. However, the program does have some notable legacy – in 1979 the T-Birds won the NJCAA title prior to there being any divisions.

Iowa Central CC actually outgained NMJC in first-place votes, 4-3. The Tritons are led by defending individual national champion Kelvin Bungei, who won the Hawkeye Invitational on September 3 in 18:21.4 for 6K on a muddy course.

No one is counting out Cloud County (Kan.), the 2019 champions who were fourth last year. The T-Birds return four scorers from last year and convincingly won the Terry Masterson Classic on Sept. 3 with 65 points, led by second-place finisher Awet Beraki (20:06.5 for 4 miles).

Northwest Kansas Tech is No. 4, the highest ranking in program history. The Mavericks (22nd last year) are led by freshman Oliver Kiptoo, who was third in the Nebraska-Kearney Invitational (18:10.6 for 6K).

No. 5 College of Southern Idaho received the only first-place vote not given to NMJC or Iowa Central CC, and for good reason. The Golden Eagles return six runners from last year’s runner-up team.

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 7 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC and No. 8 Butler (Kan.) CC, with Central Arizona and Garden City (Kan.) CC tied for No. 9.

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

2021 Week #1 - September 8th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V
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2iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 1
3cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 4
4northwest-kansas-techNORTHWEST KANSAS TECH
Region VI
 22
5southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region XVIII
 2
6indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 7
7fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 15
8butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 10
9garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 20
9central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
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11louisburg-n-cLOUISBURG (N.C.)
Region X
 12
12western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V
 11
13central-wyomingCENTRAL WYOMING
Region IX
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14southwestern-iowa-ccSOUTHWESTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 21
15ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 8
16pratt-kan-ccPRATT (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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17north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V
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18dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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19jacksonville-texasJACKSONVILLE (TEXAS)
Region XIV
 14
20clarendon-texasCLARENDON (TEXAS)
Region V
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21highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 18
22southern-nevadaSOUTHERN NEVADA
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23spartanburg-methodist-s-cSPARTANBURG METHODIST (S.C.)
Region X
 17

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/8
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
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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