2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – Change is in the air.
Here is the newest edition 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 Wednesday afternoon. 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.
Adams State and Colorado School of Mines each earned four out of eight possible first-place votes to have a share of the top spot, followed by No. 3 Grand Valley State, No. 4 Chico State (up one spot) and No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) (down one spot). Most recently, the Wildcats topped the field at the Cougar Challenge by placing their five scoring runners in the top-10, led by individual runner-up Jack Emanuel.
No. 6 Missouri Southern (up two spots) and No. 8 Lee (Tenn.) (up three spots) each jumped multiple spots in Week 2. The Lions romped to a team title at the Missouri Southern Stampede behind a 1-2 finish by Gidieon Kimutai and Ryan Riddle. The Flames are making their first top-10 appearance of the season after placing fourth in the North Alabama Showcase behind NCAA DI Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
No. 7 Wingate, No. 9 Colorado Christian and No. 10 Western Colorado each slid down the index due to the movement from Missouri Southern and Lee (Tenn.).
Expect some great racing among our top-10 teams this weekend: Adams State and Colorado School of Mines will battle it out at the Ted Castaneda Classic; Grand Valley State will see Lee (Tenn.) at the Live in Lou Classic.
Six teams through the remainder of the National Coaches’ Poll improved by multiple spots: Walsh went from No. 13 to No. 11; Wayne State (Mich.) moved from No. 19 to No. 16; Azusa Pacific went from No. 22 to No. 17; Lewis went from No. 25 to No. 23; Western Washington went from No. 29 to No. 24; CSU Pueblo improved from No. 30 to No. 28. The Warriors are enjoying their best ranking since 2009, while the Cougars set a program best for the third consecutive week this year.
No. 25 Illinois-Springfield, No. 27 Franklin Pierce and No. 29 Simon Fraser are joining the top-30 for the first time this season. The Ravens are back in the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2014.
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!