2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – A big weekend means big changes.

Tik, tock. Or is it “Tik Tok?”

Either way, it was just a matter of time until Stanford hit No. 1 in the National Coaches’ Poll following its impressive, resounding victory this past weekend at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I 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
Stanford
BYU
Northern Arizona
Oklahoma State
Air Force
1
Stanford
2
BYU
3
Northern Arizona
4
Oklahoma State
5
Air Force
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The Cardinal vaulted to No. 1 for the first time since Kesha topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2010 after decimating a stacked field in Madison, Wisconsin. Stanford sent four athletes across the finish line in the top-15, led by reigning M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Ky Robinson’s individual title, as it beat former No. 1 BYU by 35 points, 54-89.

What happened over the 8k distance on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course shaped what you see today in the Week 5 edition of the National Coaches’ Poll. All told, 19 teams that were ranked in the top-30 in Week 4 recently squared off in the Badger State.

You don’t have to look too far to find the Cougars, who slot in at No. 2. BYU owned a 20-point lead at the 6k split this past weekend, but appeared to put it in cruise control the rest of the way. The Cougars ran as a pack the entire race, posting 1-5 spreads of 3.5 seconds at 2k, 4.6 seconds at 4k, 1.5 seconds at 6k and then 2.5 seconds at the finish. Bear in mind that BYU didn’t race two of its All-Americans from last year: Casey Clinger or Weber State transfer Christian Allen.

Northern Arizona held steady at No. 3, following a third-place finish in Mad City. Nico Young and Drew Bosley provided the Lumberjacks with a strong 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup by finishing second and fifth, respectively, yet couldn’t find necessary help from their teammates to push them over the top. NAU went 2-5-33-45-60 with its scoring lineup.

Air Force soared seven spots to a program-record No. 5, right behind Oklahoma State at No. 4. The Falcons were the biggest surprise of the weekend, upending five teams that were ranked higher than them at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and finishing just four points back of the Lumberjacks. Air Force was the first team with five athletes across the finish line on Saturday by a long shot. The Falcons were the only squad with five scorers in the top-50.

The next six spots virtually followed the order in which teams finished in Madison: Notre Dame was fifth and jumped seven spots from No. 13 to No. 6; Tulsa was sixth and dropped two spots to No. 7; Wisconsin was seventh and fell three spots to No. 9; Colorado was eighth and slid from No. 8 to No. 10; then you have Villanova and NC State, who were ninth and tenth, respectively, and slot in at No. 11 and No. 12 (NC State hadn’t been ranked this season until now). Portland and Oregon were 11th and 12th in Wisconsin and sit No. 14 and No. 15 in Week 5.

Further down, both Alabama and Montana State hit season-high ranks. The Bobcats are No. 21, one spot ahead of Alabama at No. 22. Montana State won the Weis-Crockett Invitational this past weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma, while the Crimson Tide took top honors at their own Crimson Classic. Alabama went 1-3-4-7-16 with Vincent Kiprop staying undefeated in 2022.

Mark you calendars for Saturday, 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’ll be able to watch both championship races uninterrupted on ESPNU beginning at 10 am ET. Full steam ahead on the #RunToStillwater!

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

2022 Week 5 - October 18th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
Ricardo Santos (2nd)
330
(11 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (23rd)
319 ▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (2)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (6th)
303 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (17th)
296 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (3)
Mountain West (1)
Ryan Cole (9th)
288 ▲ 7
(LW: 12)
6 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC (4)
Matt Sparks (1st)
269 ▲ 7
(LW: 13)
7 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (2)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (21st)
265 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
John Hayes (7th)
257 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (15th)
247 ▼ 3
(LW: 6)
10 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (4)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (28th)
231 ▼ 2
(LW: 8)
11 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East (1)
Marcus O'Sullivan (23rd)
216 ▲ 6
(LW: 17)
12 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (5)
Rollie Geiger (45th)
199 NR
13 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (6)
Vin Lananna (4th)
184 ▲ 6
(LW: 19)
14 portland PORTLAND
West Region (2)
WCC (3)
Rob Conner (33rd)
183
(LW: RV)
15 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (4)
Jerry Schumacher (1st)
169 ▲ 9
(LW: 24)
16 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (5th)
154 ▼ 7
(LW: 9)
17 tennessee TENNESSEE
South Region (1)
SEC (2)
Sean Carlson (1st)
151 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (4)
ACC (3)
Chris Miltenberg (4th)
135 ▼ 8
(LW: 10)
19 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (11th)
126 ▼ 3
(LW: 16)
20 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (3)
Andy Powell (5th)
111 ▲ 6
(LW: 26)
21 montana-state MONTANA STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (2)
Lyle Weese (5th)
106 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (2)
SEC (1)
Dan Waters (12th)
90 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (1)
Big 12 (3)
Greg Metcalf (1st)
86 ▼ 5
(LW: 18)
24 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (3)
Artie Gulden (6th)
78 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (4)
WAC (1)
Adam Tribble (5th)
76 ▲ 4
(LW: 29)
26 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Big East (3)
Brandon Bonsey (7th)
58 ▲ 2
(LW: 28)
27 charlotte CHARLOTTE
Southeast Region (5)
Conference USA (1)
Joe Lynn (6th)
46 ▲ 3
(LW: 30)
28 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (2)
Andrew Epperson (1st)
37 NR
29 duke DUKE
Southeast Region (6)
ACC (7)
Angela Reckart (2nd)
26
(LW: RV)
29 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (2)
Kevin Sullivan (9th)
26
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Harvard 17, Iowa State 16, Butler 12, Arkansas 4, Cal Poly 3, Gonzaga 1

Dropped Out: No. 11 Iowa State, No. 14 Gonzaga, No. 20 Harvard, No. 21 Arkansas, No. 27 Michigan State



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
Northern Arizona111333321
Oklahoma State222444442
BYU444112233
Stanford333221114
Wake Forest91097787125
Wisconsin667669866
Air Force13111111125587
Colorado5558810978
Tulsa666557659
North Carolina161713131018121010
NC StateRVRVRVRV12151811
Syracuse2119201091610912
Gonzaga1618161214RV261513
Washington888232620141714
Notre Dame14131214136131315
OregonRVRVRV262415182116
Harvard1112151920RV222317
Texas272829181823302818
Villanova181618211711111119
Tennessee3029RVRV1517201420
Butler22272624RVRV3021
VirginiaRVRV201913191622
Arkansas1214141621RV222023
Ole Miss192224RVRVRV2924
Montana State242422222521211825
Utah StateRVRVRVRV2324RVRV26
Alabama262525252222162527
Colorado StateRV28282728
Michigan29262727RV29282529
Princeton252021151619172430
Georgetown232317172826RV2231
California Baptist29292525RV
Portland15151928RV1424
Iowa State1099911RV27
CharlotteRV302730
Cal PolyRVRVRV
ProvidenceRVRVRVRV
Eastern KentuckyRV
DukeRV29
Michigan State2830283027
IonaRVRV30RVRV
Furman202123RV
Florida StateRVRVRVRV
Boise StateRVRVRV
KentuckyRV
MinnesotaRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 9: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/19
MEN | WOMEN