2022 NJCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Why not shoot for the top?

That’s what Lansing (Mich.) CC is likely thinking as the season-opening No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NJCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
Allen (Kan.) CC
1
Lansing (Mich.) CC
2
Cowley (Kan.)
3
Heartland (Ill.) CC
4
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
5
Allen (Kan.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Lansing opens the year No. 1 in polling for the first time in Division II, which the NJCAA re-instituted in 2020 for cross country after a gap of 17 years. Lansing seeks to return to dominance, having won DII national titles six times in the 1990s. The 2022 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 12, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

There will be no shortage of challengers. Current No. 2 Cowley (Kan.) is the reigning team champion, and the Tigers earned three first-place votes in the opening poll (Lansing received the other eight).

And No. 3 Heartland (Ill.) CC will have much to say in this year’s team battle, having beaten Lansing this past weekend at the Aurora (Ill.) Spartan Classic. The Hawks were third in last year’s national championships.

Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC and Allen (Kan.) CC are Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. Allen was runner-up in 2020, while Paradise Valley has had many years of top-10 finishes at the DI level, including its most recent of three national titles in 2011.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Wallace State (Ala.) CC, No. 7 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 St. Clair County (Mich.) CC, No. 9 NorthWest Arkansas CC and No. 10 Carl Sandburg (Ill.). Carl Sandburg returns the leading individual, Calton Kibet, who was fourth in last year’s nationals.

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

2022 Week #1 - September 21st

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 5
2cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 1
3heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
 3
4paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 8
5allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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6wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 15
7mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 4
8st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 13
9northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
 11
10carl-sandburg-illCARL SANDBURG (ILL.)
Region IV
 6
11moraine-valley-ill-ccMORAINE VALLEY (ILL.) CC
Region IV
 12
12southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
 22
13north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 10
14grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 7
15marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
ACCC
 24
16pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
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17daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 2
18lake-sumter-state-flaLAKE-SUMTER STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 9
19ua-rich-mountain-arkUA RICH MOUNTAIN (ARK.)
Region II
 23
20state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
 25
21southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ---
22phoenix-arizPHOENIX (ARIZ.)
Region I
 ---
23redlands-okla-ccREDLANDS (OKLA.) CC
Region II
 ---
24florida-state-jacksonvilleFLORIDA STATE-JACKSONVILLE
Region VIII
 17
25hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 14
calhoun-ala-ccCALHOUN (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
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oakland-mich-ccOAKLAND (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 20
ccbc-essex-mdCCBC ESSEX (MD.)
Region XX
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Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1
Lansing (Mich.) CC1
Cowley (Kan.)2
Heartland (Ill.) CC3
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC4
Allen (Kan.) CC5
Wallace State (Ala.) CC6
Mesa (Ariz.) CC7
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC8
NorthWest Arkansas CC9
Carl Sandburg (Ill.)10
Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC11
Southwestern Michigan12
North Iowa Area CC13
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC14
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)15
Pasco-Hernando (Fla.)16
Daytona State (Fla.)17
Lake-Sumter State (Fla.)18
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)19
State Fair (Mo.)20
Southeastern (Iowa) CC21
Phoenix (Ariz.)22
Redlands (Okla.) CC23
Florida State-Jacksonville24
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC25
Oakland (Mich.) CCRV
Calhoun (Ala.) CCRV
CCBC Essex (Md.)RV

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational 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