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

NEW ORLEANS – What was once close is no longer in the Week 3 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
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
Daytona State (Fla.)
Heartland (Ill.) CC
1
Lansing (Mich.) CC
2
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
3
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
4
Daytona State (Fla.)
5
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Lansing (Mich.) CC is back to being a near-unanimous No. 1, collecting all but one of the 11 first-place votes. The Stars were impressive at the Muskegon Jayhawk Invitational, finishing as the top JUCO program in third. Michael Dennis led the Stars this time, joining Liam Elder as the team’s No. 1 runner multiple times this year (Lansing has had four different top runners in six races).

Every other position in the top-10 saw adjustment, starting with No. 2 Mesa (Ariz.) CC. The Thunderbirds are at their highest since also being No. 2 in 2021 after finishing as the top NJCAA DII program at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational.

Reaching a program high for the second-straight week is Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC at No. 3. The Pumas moved up two positions after venturing to Wisconsin for the Drews/Neubauer Invitational, where they finished as the top NJCAA DII team. They were led by Gilbert Olivas, who finished third individually to earn M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week honors.

Equaling a program best at No. 4 is Daytona State (Fla.), which last rated this high in 2020. The Falcons, national runner-up last year, were the leading NJCAA DII program at the South Florida Invitational, finishing fourth. They were led by individual winner Christian Ruocco.

No. 5 is Heartland (Ill.) CC, down three places from the last poll. The Hawks were fourth in the Bradley Pink Classic White Division as the top JUCO program.

Rounding out the top-10 are No. 6 Cowley (Kan.), No. 7 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC, No. 8 Allen (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Lake-Sumter (Fla.) and No. 10. St. Clair County (Mich.) CC.

Just over three weeks away is the 2022 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, which 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 #3 - October 19th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (3)
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (2)
 ▲2
(LW: 5)
4daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▲3
(LW: 7)
5heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
 ▼3
(LW: 2)
6cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 ▼2
(LW: 4)
7grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▲3
(LW: 10)
8allen-kan-ccALLEN (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9lake-sumter-state-flaLAKE-SUMTER STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▲6
(LW: 15)
10st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▲1
(LW: 11)
11wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ▼2
(LW: 9)
12northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
 ▼4
(LW: 8)
13southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI
 ▲6
(LW: 20)
15pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▲2
(LW: 17)
16southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲3
(LW: 19)
17moraine-valley-ill-ccMORAINE VALLEY (ILL.) CC
Region IV
 ▼3
(LW: 14)
18hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲5
(LW: 23)
19carl-sandburg-illCARL SANDBURG (ILL.)
Region IV
 ▼7
(LW: 12)
20state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
 ▲2
(LW: 22)
21marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
ACCC
 ▼3
(LW: 18)
22muskegon-mich-ccMUSKEGON (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 NR
23oakland-mich-ccOAKLAND (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 NR
24kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
 ▼8
(LW: 16)
25ccbc-essex-mdCCBC ESSEX (MD.)
Region XX
 ▼4
(LW: 21)


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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Wed 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Wed 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 12: NJCAA Champs - Tallahassee, Fla.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12
MEN | WOMEN