2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – The season is heating up!

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

If you aren’t one of the top-6 teams, chances are you found a new home in Week 4.

The Lewis Crossover was one of the big reasons for all of the shakeups. We’ll start at No. 7 Colorado Christian. The Cougars gained two spots this week after taking home the team title in Romeoville, Illinois with 47 points. CCU, led by a 2-3 punch from Trent Cochran and Josh Pierantoni, had their scoring runners place in the top-20 to win by 33 points.

Illinois-Springfield and Western Washington saw massive gains from their second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Lewis Crossover. The Prairie Stars sent their scoring athletes across the line in the top-30, including three in the top-15, to edge the Vikings by a mere two points, 80-82. WWU placed all of their scoring runners in the top-21 (7-16-18-20-21) but couldn’t overcome the early lead Illinois-Springfield built. Both teams finished ahead of fourth-place Michigan Tech, who fell five spots to No. 19.

Saginaw Valley State soared back into the top-30 to No. 21 after finishing six points behind Michigan Tech, 102-108. Dayton Brown, the reigning M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week, was the ultimate low stick that led the Cardinals to a top-5 finish and a notable win over new No. 22 Alabama-Huntsville, who fell four spots from No. 18.

Over at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational, team champion UC-Colorado Springs improved one spot to No. 14. Afewerki Zeru led the Mountain Lions as they placed their scoring runners in the top-17 for 44 points. Runner-up UW-Parkside, previously not ranked, comes in at No. 26 for its first top-30 appearance since 2016. The Rangers come in right ahead of new No. 27 Wayne State (Mich.) (down 10 spots) after topping the Warriors in the team standings.

Two other big moves come from the likes of No. 20 Simon Fraser and No. 30 Biola (Calif.). SFU improved 10 spots from No. 30 after posting a perfect score at the San Francisco Invitational. The Eagles are ranked for the first time this season following their third-place finish at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, coming within 12 points of new No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona (down three spots) and ahead of NCAA DIII Pomona-Pitzer, the defending national champions.

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 4 - October 12th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Chris Siemers (11th)
240
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (28th)
232 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (24th)
222 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Pol Domenech (3rd)
216 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (9th)
205 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (27th)
198 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (9)
Jon Poag (9th)
193 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (22nd)
188 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (7th)
176 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (16th)
169 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (9th)
161 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (11th)
152 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (3)
MIAA (3)
Ben Barrows (2nd)
141 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (16th)
135 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 illinois-springfield ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC (1)
Emmons King (1st)
128 ▲ 10
(LW: 25)
16 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (2)
GSC (2)
Matthew Reneker (3rd)
120 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
GNAC (1)
Pee Wee Halsell (36th)
112 ▲ 9
(LW: 26)
18 azusa-pacific AZUSA PACIFIC
West Region (2)
PacWest (2)
Sean Smith (3rd)
108 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (3)
Kristina Owen (3rd)
92 ▼ 5
(LW: 14)
20 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (4)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (23rd)
84 ▲ 10
(LW: 30)
21 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (5)
GLIAC (2)
Rod Cowan (13th)
79 NR
22 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (3)
GSC (3)
David Cain (25th)
67 ▼ 4
(LW: 18)
23 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (5)
CCAA (2)
Chris Bradford (6th)
62 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (4)
MIAA (2)
Brady Bonsall (16th)
57 ▼ 3
(LW: 21)
25 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (6)
Lone Star (1)
Zach Daniel (1st)
49 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 uw-parkside UW-PARKSIDE
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC (5)
Nick Maas (4th)
41 NR
27 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (7)
GLIAC (4)
Grant Lofdahl (6th)
28 ▼ 10
(LW: 17)
28 franklin-pierce FRANKLIN PIERCE
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (2)
Zach Emerson (11th)
25 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 northwood-mich NORTHWOOD (MICH.)
Midwest Region (8)
G-MAC (2)
Jeremy Wilk (7th)
14 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 biola-calif BIOLA (CALIF.)
West Region (6)
PacWest (1)
Sean Henning (8th)
10 NR

Also Receiving Votes: CSU Pueblo 9, Cedarville 3, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 3, Fresno Pacific 1

Dropped Out: No. 22 Lewis, No. 23 Fresno Pacific, No. 29 CSU Pueblo



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