2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Do you feel that?
That’s the calm before the storm.
Here is the newest NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from ten member coaches – one from each of the division’s ten regions – who also do the weekly Regional Rankings.
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There was one change – or two, depending on how you look at it: St. Olaf leapfrogged George Fox between Week 4 and Week 5. The Oles went from No. 17 to No. 16, while the Bruins fell from No. 16 to No. 17. Notably, they both are the third-ranked team in their respective region.
St. Olaf is still riding a wave of momentum after winning back-to-back meets. The Oles most recently cruised to victory at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational with 44 points, thanks to putting three runners in the top-10 and all five scorers in the top-16. Just a few weeks earlier, St. Olaf took down a talented field at its own invitational with 42 points, as it sent all five scorers across the finish line in the top-15. Logan Bocovich and Will Kelly have led the Oles so far.
Otherwise, things remained the same from Week 4.
Don’t think for a second it’s going to stay that way after this weekend.
We’ll see some huge matchups between top-ranked teams across the nation between the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Connecticut, the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio, the Augustana Interregional Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois, as well as the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in Logan Township, New Jersey. Don’t forget about the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational hosted by UW-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin!
Pay close attention to both the Connecticut College Invitational as well as the Augustana Interregional Invitational. Two-time defending national champion Pomona-Pitzer squares off with No. 3 Wartburg and No. 4 North Central (Ill.) in the latter, while No. 2 MIT faces No. 9 Williams and No. 13 Haverford in the former. Both should be incredible meets.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held at the Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan. Top athletes and teams from the 2022 season will take the course at noon ET.