2022 NJCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – The battle for No. 1 became competitive as three programs earned first-place votes in the Week 2 edition of the NJCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NJCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Lansing (Mich.) CC remains No. 1, collecting five of the 11 first-place votes. The Stars split their deep squad this past weekend to win their own Lansing Invitational and take fourth at the Oakland Raider Invitational. Lansing has raced five times thus far and had four different No. 1 runners, with Liam Elder earning the honor twice.

Moving up to No. 2 is Heartland (Ill.) CC, which received four first-place votes. The Hawks won their own Heartland Invitational with 20 points behind the 1-2 finish of Balin Doud and Briar Nevills.

Mesa (Ariz.) CC claimed the remaining two first-place votes and climbed up four positions to No. 3. The Thunderbirds hosted and won the Mesa Jamboree with 20 points, led by individual winner Yotuel Garcia, who has earned M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week honors earlier this year.

Reigning national champion Cowley (Kan.) dropped two rungs to No. 4. The Tigers were the leading JUCO squad among at the Gans Creek Classic, just ahead of NJCAA DI Iowa Western CC. Santiago Nunez has been Cowley’s top runner all season.

No. 5 is Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC, down one place from the last poll. The Pumas were second to Mesa at the Mesa Jamboree, led by individual runner-up Gilbert Olivas.

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Allen (Kan.) CC, No. 7 Daytona State (Fla.), No. 8 NorthWest Arkansas CC, No. 9 Wallace State (Ala.) CC and No. 10 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC. For Daytona State, it was a jump up of 10 spots in the rankings.

The 2022 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 12, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

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

2022 Week #2 - October 5th

1lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
(LW: 1)
2heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
(LW: 3)
3mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (3)
(LW: 7)
4cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
(LW: 2)
5paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (2)
(LW: 4)
6allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
(LW: 5)
7daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
(LW: 17)
8northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
(LW: 9)
9wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
(LW: 6)
10grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 14)
11st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 8)
12carl-sandburg-illCARL SANDBURG (ILL.)
Region IV
(LW: 10)
13southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
(LW: 12)
14moraine-valley-ill-ccMORAINE VALLEY (ILL.) CC
Region IV
(LW: 11)
15lake-sumter-state-flaLAKE-SUMTER STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
(LW: 18)
16kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
17pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
(LW: 16)
18marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
(LW: 15)
19southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 21)
20north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
(LW: 13)
21ccbc-essex-mdCCBC ESSEX (MD.)
Region XX
(LW: RV)
22state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
(LW: 20)
23hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 25)
23phoenix-arizPHOENIX (ARIZ.)
(LW: 22)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4FINAL
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC45311
Heartland (Ill.) CC32542
Lansing (Mich.) CC11133
Mesa (Ariz.) CC73224
NorthWest Arkansas CC981285
Cowley (Kan.)24656
Daytona State (Fla.)177467
Lake-Sumter State (Fla.)18159108
Wallace State (Ala.) CC6911119
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC811101210
Pasco-Hernando (Fla.)1617151411
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC14107912
CCBC Essex (Md.)RV212513
Florida State-Jacksonville241814
Carl Sandburg (Ill.)1012191315
Southwestern Michigan1213131516
North Iowa Area CC1320141917
Kaskaskia (Ill.)162418
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)1518212019
Allen (Kan.) CC568720
State Fair (Mo.)2022202321
Southeastern (Iowa) CC2119161722
Coconino (Ariz.) CC2323
Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC24
Calhoun (Ala.) CCRV25
Carl Albert State (Okla.)26
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)1927
Walters State (Tenn.) CC28
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC25231816
Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC11141721
Crowder (Mo.)22
Oakland (Mich.) CCRV2325
Muskegon (Mich.) CC22
Phoenix (Ariz.)2223
Redlands (Okla.) CC23

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/21
Week 2Wed 10/5
Week 3Wed 10/19
Week 4Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NJCAA Champs - Tallahassee, Fla.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12