2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason iteration of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from eight member coaches – one from each of the division’s eight regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Adams State
Colo. School of Mines
Grand Valley State
Augustana (S.D.)
Chico State
1
Adams State
2
Colo. School of Mines
3
Grand Valley State
4
Augustana (S.D.)
5
Chico State
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Adams State received five first-place votes to start the season at No. 1. The Grizzlies, who finished runner-up at last year’s NCAA Championship, will return four of the seven runners from that lineup in 2022. Mikah Paiz is the lone returning All-American after finishing 26th, while Andrew O’Leefe and Yonas Haile were right outside at 41st and 43rd, respectively. Adams State also brought in some talented transfers and newcomers that could make some noise, including Nebraska transfer Dais Malebena.

Colorado School of Mines is right behind at No. 2 and received three first-place votes. Last year’s third-place team welcomes back four athletes, including cross country All-American Luke Julian. The Orediggers also return Dillon Powell, who won the 10,000 meters at the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships.

The defending national champion Grand Valley State will enter the 2022 campaign at No. 3. The Lakers return three athletes from their championship lineup, one of them being national runner-up Tanner Chada. Andrew Hylen also took home All-American honors for the Lakers last year with his 12th-place finish.

Augustana (S.D.), last year’s fourth-place team at the NCAA Championships, are fourth in the preseason poll. The Vikings return a core group from their lineup at the NCAA Championships. Leading the way will be All-Americans Ryan Hartman and Henry Klitze, who finished 22nd and 36th, respectively.

Chico State rounds out the preseason top-5. After finishing eighth at last year’s NCAA meet, the Wildcats return a talented group of athletes from that squad and have a great supporting cast. Of those returning, three earned All-America honors in 2021: Jack Emanuel (24th), Brayden McLaughlin (32nd) and Dylan White (37th).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the preseason: No. 6 Wingate, No. 7 Colorado Christian, No. 8 Western Colorado, No. 9 Missouri Southern and No. 10 UC-Colorado Springs.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2, as the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Chambers Bay Golf Club in Tacoma, Washington!

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

2022 Preseason - August 30th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (28th)
237
(5 fpv)
2
2 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (11th)
235
(3 fpv)
3
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (24th)
222 1
4 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (22nd)
213 4
5 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (27th)
209 8
6 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Pol Domenech (3rd)
197 6
7 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Jon Poag (9th)
195 10
8 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (16th)
183 7
9 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (7th)
175 13
10 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
Mark Misch (16th)
164 5
11 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East
Nick Bias (9th)
163 14
12 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (9th)
153 17
13 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Ben Barrows (2nd)
148 15
14 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (11th)
133 18
15 fresno-pacific FRESNO PACIFIC
West Region (2)
PacWest
Ray Winter (9th)
127 21
16 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC
Kristina Owen (3rd)
120 24
17 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC
Grant Lofdahl (6th)
104 16
18 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC
David Cain (25th)
103 12
19 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (3)
GSC
Matthew Reneker (3rd)
92 23
20 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (4)
MIAA
Brady Bonsall (16th)
78 25
21 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Logan Sharpe (2nd)
74 11
22 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (3)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (6th)
69 30
23 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (6)
Lone Star
Zach Daniel (1st)
63 22
23 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC
James Kearney (9th)
63 9
25 azusa-pacific AZUSA PACIFIC
West Region (4)
PacWest
Sean Smith (3rd)
48 ---
26 southern-connecticut SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
East Region (2)
Northeast-10
John Wallin (13th)
38 19
27 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (13th)
29 ---
28 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (2)
PSAC
Nathan Meeuwenberg (2nd)
25 28
29 embry-riddle-fla EMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
South Region (4)
Sunshine
Michael Rosolino (20th)
20 29
30 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (36th)
18 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa 13, Cedarville 7, Cal State San Marcos 2



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Adams State11
Colo. School of Mines22
Grand Valley State33
Augustana (S.D.)44
Chico State55
Wingate66
Colorado Christian77
Missouri Southern98
Western Colorado89
Charleston (W.Va.)1110
Lee (Tenn.)1211
Pittsburg State1312
Walsh1413
UC-Colorado Springs1014
Michigan Tech1615
Alabama-Huntsville1816
Cal Poly Pomona2217
Mississippi College1918
Wayne State (Mich.)1719
Neb.-Kearney2020
Fresno Pacific1521
Azusa Pacific2522
American International2123
West Texas A&M2324
Lewis2325
Southern Connecticut2626
CedarvilleRV27
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)2928
Western Washington3029
CSU Pueblo30
Cal State San MarcosRVRV
Saginaw Valley State27RV
Edinboro28RV
Colorado MesaRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 15: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/27
Wed 9/28
Week 3Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 4Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 5Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Week 6Tue 10/25
Wed 10/26
Nov. 4-6: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/8
Wed 11/9
Nov. 18: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Wed 11/23
Dec. 2: NCAA Champs - Seattle, Wash.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/19
Fri 12/2