2022 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 Colby (Kan.) CC has its first-ever No. 1 ranking.

NJCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colby (Kan.) CC
Iowa Central CC
Trinidad State (Colo.)
Northwest Kansas Tech
Central Arizona
1
Colby (Kan.) CC
2
Iowa Central CC
3
Trinidad State (Colo.)
4
Northwest Kansas Tech
5
Central Arizona
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The Week 1 edition of the poll – released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) – previews a potential thrilling season as the Trojans are ahead of two-time reigning champion Iowa Central CC. The 2022 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 12 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

Colby opened the year at the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational this past weekend, winning the Gold Division team title as individual champ Sanele Masondo led three Trojans to top-10 finishes.  Colby – a unanimous selection at No. 1 – had a previous high ranking in the polls of No. 2, achieved three times last year.

Iowa Central CC follows at No. 2. The Tritons have finished in the top-3 in the national championships every year since 2013. Trinidad State (Colo.) is No. 3, their highest-ever appearance in this poll (previous best was No. 6 in 2019), while Northwest Kansas Tech is No. 4, matching its best ever (twice last year).

Central Arizona is No. 5, its first appearance in the top-5 since being No. 1 in 2018, the last year the Vaqueros won the NJCAA Division I team title.

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 El Paso (Texas) CC, No. 7 New Mexico JC, No. 8 Southern Idaho, No. 9 Butler (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Iowa Western CC. Butler features one of the leading individuals in Rodgers Rotich, who is undefeated in two races.

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

2022 Week #1 - September 21st

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 3
2iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 1
3trinidad-state-coloTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.)
Region IX
 4
4northwest-kansas-techNORTHWEST KANSAS TECH
Region VI
 5
5central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 8
6el-paso-texas-ccEL PASO (TEXAS) CC
Region V
 6
7new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V
 7
8southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX
 9
9butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 18
10iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
Region XI
 2
11salt-lake-utah-ccSALT LAKE (UTAH) CC
Region XVIII
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12pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 16
13cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 11
14eastern-florida-stateEASTERN FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 ---
15southern-nevadaSOUTHERN NEVADA
Region XVIII
 ---
16vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
 19
17hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
18garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 13
19ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 14
20amarillo-texasAMARILLO (TEXAS)
Region V
 ---
21neosho-county-kan-ccNEOSHO COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ---
22western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V
 ---
23north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V
 15
24dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 21


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1
Colby (Kan.) CC1
Iowa Central CC2
Trinidad State (Colo.)3
Northwest Kansas Tech4
Central Arizona5
El Paso (Texas) CC6
New Mexico JC7
Southern Idaho8
Butler (Kan.) CC9
Iowa Western CC10
Salt Lake (Utah) CC11
Pima (Ariz.) CC12
Cloud County (Kan.) CC13
Eastern Florida State14
Southern Nevada15
Vincennes (Ind.)16
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC17
Garden City (Kan.) CC18
Ranger (Texas)19
Amarillo (Texas)20
Neosho County (Kan.) CC21
Western Texas22
North Central Texas23
Dodge City (Kan.) CC24

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 10/5
Week 3Wed 10/19
Week 4Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NJCAA Champs - Tallahassee, Fla.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12