2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 8

NEW ORLEANS –  One meet left in a long cross country season.

Here is the Pre-Championships Edition of the NCAA Division II 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).

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Grand Valley State
Wingate
Chico State
Lee (Tenn.)
1
Colo. School of Mines
2
Grand Valley State
3
Wingate
4
Chico State
5
Lee (Tenn.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Nothing changed at the top as Colorado School of Mines continues to sit atop the National Coaches’ Poll. The top-ranked Orediggers romped to their fourth consecutive team title at the South Central Region Championships, scoring just 25 points. Dillon Powell captured the individual crown as he led the Orediggers to a 1-4-5-7-8 finish. Colorado School of Mines is the favorite to win the team title in University Place, Washington, which would be its first national crown since 2019 and third in program history.

The next four spots had regional champions improve their billing: NCAA defending champion and Midwest Region champion Grand Valley State at No. 2; Southeast Region champion Wingate at No. 3; West Region champion Chico State at No. 4; South Region champion Lee (Tenn.) at No. 5. The Lakers will be looking to bring home its second-straight crown and third in program history.

The remainder of the top-10 also saw plenty of movement following Regional Championships Saturday: South Central Region runner-up Colorado Christian soared six spots from No. 12 to No. 6; Central Region champion Missouri Southern improved from No. 8 to No. 7; Western Colorado fell one spot from No. 7 to No. 8 after a third place finish in the South Central Region; Neb.-Kearney climbed six spots from No. 15 to No. 9 following their runner-up finish in the Central Region; Augustana (S.D.) finished third in the Central Region and dropped one spot from No. 9 to No. 10.

Seven different programs jumped multiple spots in the National Coaches’ Poll outside of the top-10.

  • South Central fourth-place finisher UC-Colorado Springs went from No. 14 to No. 11
  • Midwest runner-up Saginaw Valley State went from No. 16 to No. 12
  • Central fourth-place finisher Pittsburg State jumped from No. 20 to No. 17
  • Midwest fifth-place finisher Illinois-Springfield went from No. 21 to No. 19
  • West third-place finisher Azusa Pacific soared from No. 28 to No. 21
  • Central fifth-place finisher Washburn climbed from No. 30 to No. 22
  • Midwest seventh-place finisher Northwood (Mich.) went from No. 29 to No. 27

The 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Friday, December 2 at Chambers Bay Regional Park in University Place, Washington.

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

2022 Week 8 - November 23rd

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 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (24th)
229 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Pol Domenech (3rd)
225 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (27th)
211 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (9th)
204 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (9)
Jon Poag (9th)
199 ▲ 6
(LW: 12)
7 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (7th)
194 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (16th)
175 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 neb-kearney NEB.-KEARNEY
Central Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Brady Bonsall (16th)
173 ▲ 6
(LW: 15)
10 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (3)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (22nd)
164 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (16th)
156 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (2)
GLIAC (2)
Rod Cowan (13th)
145 ▲ 4
(LW: 16)
13 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (9th)
140 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 mississippi-college MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
South Region (2)
GSC (2)
Matthew Reneker (3rd)
132 ▼ 4
(LW: 10)
15 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (11th)
129 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
GNAC (1)
Pee Wee Halsell (36th)
119 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (4)
MIAA (3)
Ben Barrows (2nd)
111 ▲ 3
(LW: 20)
18 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (3)
Kristina Owen (3rd)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 illinois-springfield ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (1)
Emmons King (1st)
93 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (7)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (28th)
90 ▼ 18
(LW: 2)
21 azusa-pacific AZUSA PACIFIC
West Region (3)
PacWest (2)
Sean Smith (3rd)
83 ▲ 7
(LW: 28)
22 washburn WASHBURN
Central Region (5)
MIAA (4)
Cameron Babb (7th)
69 ▲ 8
(LW: 30)
23 augusta AUGUSTA
Southeast Region (2)
PBC (1)
Jacob Burgamy (1st)
58
(LW: RV)
24 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (5)
Lone Star (1)
Zach Daniel (1st)
57 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (6)
GLVC (2)
James Kearney (9th)
53 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 embry-riddle-fla EMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
South Region (3)
Sunshine (1)
Michael Rosolino (20th)
42 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 northwood-mich NORTHWOOD (MICH.)
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC (2)
Jeremy Wilk (7th)
30 ▲ 2
(LW: 29)
28 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (4)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (23rd)
24
(LW: RV)
29 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (4)
GSC (3)
David Cain (25th)
19 ▼ 6
(LW: 23)
30 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (2)
PSAC (1)
Nathan Meeuwenberg (2nd)
14 NR

Also Receiving Votes: CSU Pueblo 12, Southern Connecticut 10, Anderson (S.C.) 5, Cal Poly Pomona 5, Franklin Pierce 4, Biola (Calif.) 1

Dropped Out: No. 19 East Central (Okla.), No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 26 Biola (Calif.)



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
Colorado MesaRVRV
UNC PembrokeRV
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