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
1
Iowa Central CC
2
Colby (Kan.) CC
3
Iowa Western CC
4
New Mexico JC
5
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

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

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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Wed 10/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Wed 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 13: NJCAA DI Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
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