2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – It’s time to flip the calendar to October.

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.

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Adams State
Grand Valley State
Wingate
Lee (Tenn.)
1
Colo. School of Mines
2
Adams State
3
Grand Valley State
4
Wingate
5
Lee (Tenn.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Colorado School of Mines, who was previously co-No. 1 with Adams State, claimed sole possession of the top spot in the National Coaches’ Poll after receiving seven first-place votes. The Grizzlies, who fell back to No. 2 this week, received one first-place vote. Both teams were at the Ted Castaneda Classic this weekend and finished with 33 points each. The Grizzlies ultimately got the win in a tiebreaker.

Grand Valley State continued to hold steady at No. 3 for the fourth-straight week. It was business as usual for the Lakers, this time capturing the team title in the Men’s 8k CC Gold section at the Live in Lou Classic. Tanner Chada won the individual crown in 23:18.1 and was one of three scoring athletes to finish in the top-16.

Wingate and Lee (Tenn.) both climbed three spots each to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Bulldogs, who set a program-best ranking in the National Coaches’ Poll, was the top NCAA DII program in the Gold section of the Paul Short Run with a 12th-place finish and posting a team average of 23:53. The Flames placed second to Grand Valley State at the Live in Lou Classic as their scoring runners went 20-21-23-31-38.

No. 6 Chico State, No. 7 Augustana (S.D) and No. 8 Missouri Southern all fell two spots a piece to make room for the improvements of Wingate and Lee (Tenn.). Colorado Christian remained at No. 9 and is now followed by Charleston (W.Va.), who climbed three spots from No. 13 to No. 10. The Golden Eagles, who also competed at the Paul Short Run, beat former No. 11 Walsh (now No. 13) in the Gold race by 65 points.

Further down the leaderboard, only two teams climbed multiple spots: Mississippi College went from No. 19 to No. 16; West Texas A&M jumped from No. 26 to No. 24. The Choctaws finished sixth at the Chile Pepper Festival and beat two NCAA DII nationally-ranked teams in the process, while the Buffs raced a full squad for the first time this season at the Louisville Classic and walked away with solid wins over several DII programs.

Northwood is making its debut in the National Coaches’ Poll at No. 28. The Timberwolves earned their first ranking in program history thanks to a strong team effort in the Gold section at the Live in Lou Classic behind Dillan Haviland’s 24th-place finish.

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!

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

2022 Week 3 - October 5th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (1)
Chris Siemers (11th)
239
(7 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (28th)
233
(1 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (24th)
221 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Pol Domenech (3rd)
214 ▲ 3
(LW: 7)
5 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (9th)
205 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (27th)
197 ▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (22nd)
195 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (7th)
186 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (9)
Jon Poag (9th)
180 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (9th)
163 ▲ 3
(LW: 13)
11 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (16th)
159 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (11th)
155 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (3)
MIAA (3)
Ben Barrows (2nd)
145 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC (3)
Kristina Owen (3rd)
135 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (16th)
128 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (2)
GSC (2)
Matthew Reneker (3rd)
116 ▲ 3
(LW: 19)
17 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (4)
Grant Lofdahl (6th)
109 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (3)
GSC (3)
David Cain (25th)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 azusa-pacific AZUSA PACIFIC
West Region (2)
PacWest (2)
Sean Smith (3rd)
101 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (3)
CCAA (2)
Chris Bradford (6th)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (4)
MIAA (2)
Brady Bonsall (16th)
83 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (2)
James Kearney (9th)
72 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 fresno-pacific FRESNO PACIFIC
West Region (4)
PacWest (3)
Ray Winter (9th)
62 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (6)
Lone Star (1)
Zach Daniel (1st)
54 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 illinois-springfield ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
Midwest Region (6)
GLVC (1)
Emmons King (1st)
50 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
GNAC (1)
Pee Wee Halsell (36th)
35 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 franklin-pierce FRANKLIN PIERCE
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (2)
Zach Emerson (11th)
25 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 northwood-mich NORTHWOOD (MICH.)
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC (2)
Jeremy Wilk (7th)
23 NR
29 csu-pueblo CSU PUEBLO
South Central Region (7)
RMAC (6)
Matt Morris (10th)
17 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (6)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (23rd)
9 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Findlay 7, Sioux Falls 3, Cedarville 2, Southern Connecticut 2, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8
Colo. School of Mines221111111
Grand Valley State333333332
Wingate667444443
Chico State554665654
Lee (Tenn.)12118556565
Colorado Christian77997710126
Missouri Southern986898887
Western Colorado8910111010978
Neb.-Kearney20202121241214159
Augustana (S.D.)445781415910
UC-Colorado Springs101414151415161411
Saginaw Valley State27RV2123231612
Charleston (W.Va.)11101310111671113
Mississippi College19181916169111014
Walsh141311121211121315
Western Washington302924261720191716
Pittsburg State131212131319212017
Michigan Tech161515141921201818
Illinois-Springfield25251517172119
Adams State1112222220
Azusa Pacific252217191818182821
Washburn303022
AugustaRV23
West Texas A&M232426242526272524
Lewis23252322RV2425
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)292830RVRV30262726
Northwood (Mich.)2829RV282927
Simon Fraser2930202225RV28
Alabama-Huntsville181618182224242329
Edinboro28RVRV30
Cal Poly Pomona2217202023252222RV
Biola (Calif.)RV3026RV
Southern Connecticut2626RVRVRVRV
Franklin Pierce2727282829RV
CSU Pueblo302829RVRVRVRV
Anderson (S.C.)RV
East Central (Okla.)131319
Fresno Pacific15212223RVRVRVRV
CedarvilleRV27RVRVRVRVRV
UNC PembrokeRV
Colorado MesaRVRV
UW-Parkside2627
Wayne State (Mich.)171916172729
FindlayRVRV
Sioux FallsRV
American International2123
Cal State San MarcosRVRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 15: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/12
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/25
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/26
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 4-6: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/9
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Wed 11/23
MEN | WOMEN
Dec. 2: NCAA Champs - Seattle, Wash.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/19
MEN | WOMEN
Fri 12/2