2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Business is picking up!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 11 member coaches – one from each of the division’s nine regions (who also do the regional rankings) – as well as two members from the NCAA Cross Country Executive Committee.
NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
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Nothing changed at the top of the National Coaches’ Poll between the preseason and Week 1: Northern Arizona remained No. 1, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 BYU and No. 5 Colorado. The Lumberjacks, who received eight of 11 possible first-place votes, made quick work of the George Kyte Classic this past weekend with their top athletes finishing within close proximity of each other, while the Cowboys and the Cardinal handled business at their respective meets and showcased their depth (OSU held the Cowboy Preview; Stanford traveled to the University of San Francisco Invitational).
You won’t see much movement in the rest of the top-10, as four of the next five spots saw no alterations: Wisconsin and Tulsa are still tied at No. 6 with Washington at No. 8. Iowa State is now ranked ninth, though, followed by tenth-ranked Wake Forest. The Cyclones ripped through the competition at the Mizzou XC Opener two weeks ago with a near-perfect score (19 points).
Just three points separated several teams in Week 1: No. 12 Harvard (189), No. 13 Notre Dame (186) and No. 14 Arkansas (183); No. 17 North Carolina (145) and No. 18 Gonzaga (142); and No. 22 Ole Miss (88), No. 23 Georgetown (85) and No. 24 Montana State (82).
Mark your calendars for November 19, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships will be held at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. You can watch all of the action commercial-free LIVE on ESPNU.