2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – And just like that, the regular season is over.
Time for the postseason.
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.
Let’s start at the top where Colorado School of Mines solidified its position as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Orediggers, who received all eight first-place votes, ran away with the team title at the NCAA DII Pre-Nationals this past weekend, scoring just 19 points thanks to a 1-2-3-5-8 finish behind Dillon Powell’s individual victory. New No. 6 Chico State (down one spot) finished runner-up with 83 points, 65 points more than Colorado School of Mines. The Wildcats got their runners across in 10-11-16-22-25 to beat third-place and new No. 9 Western Colorado (up one spot) by seven points. The Mountaineers went 6-13-15-28-29 for 91 points.
Lee (Tenn.) and Charleston (W.Va.) both improved their billing following their performances at the UAH DII Festival Year Showcase. The Flames jumped back into the No. 5 spot after capturing runner-up honors to team champion and still No. 4 Wingate. The Golden Eagles, who soared nine spots to No. 7 for their best ranking in program history, placed third behind Lee (tenn.) by 14 points with Joao Pereira placing second to lead the team.
Further down the leaderboard, two teams jumped multiple spots based on their performances this past weekend: Cal Poly Pomona jumped three spots from No. 25 to No. 22; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) climbed four spots from No. 30 to No. 26. The Broncos placed fifth at the NCAA DII Pre-Nationals and had a good win over new No. 25 Simon Fraser (down three spots). The Eagles are at a season-best billing after placing sixth in Alabama, Huntsville.
Washburn is ranked in the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history. The Ichabods turned in their best race of the year, finishing seventh behind Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at the UAH DII Festival Year Showcase. David Kibet led Washburn with a sixth-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 University Place, Washington!