2022 NJCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – While change was almost everywhere, the very top remained the same in the Week 4 NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NJCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colby (Kan.) CC
Iowa Central CC
El Paso (Texas) CC
New Mexico JC
Northwest Kansas Tech
1
Colby (Kan.) CC
2
Iowa Central CC
3
El Paso (Texas) CC
4
New Mexico JC
5
Northwest Kansas Tech
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

This is the final set of rankings before the 2022 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which are set for Saturday, November 12 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

Colby (Kan.) CC continues at No. 1, collecting every first-place vote for the fourth-straight time. Led by undefeated Sanele Masondo, the Trojans soundly won the Region VI Championships with 23 points, 42 points better than their closest pursuer. There are seven squads from the Kansas  region in the rankings – tied for most of any region. Colby CC – third last year – is looking to win its first national title in program history.

Remaining No. 2 is two-time defending champion Iowa Central CC, victors of the Region XI Championships with a near-perfect score of 17 points. The Tritons may have found a new No. 1 runner in Yared Kidane, who won the individual title by nine seconds over teammate Aspel Kiprob, last year’s runner-up in the national championships. Iowa Central is seeking a third-straight national team title.

Positions No. 3 and No. 4 flip-flopped ever so slightly between rivals El Paso (Texas) CC and New Mexico JC. Just one point separates them in poll after El Paso’s tight 37-39 victory over New Mexico in the Region V Championships, another region with seven entrants in the rankings. Adams Biwott and David Israel went 1-2 individually, giving the Tejanos an edge over the T-Birds, whose brother duo of Tomas and German Vega followed in 3-4. El Paso will be going after its first-ever men’s title, while New Mexico won in 1979 when the NJCAA Championships were a single division.

Repeating at No. 5 is Northwest Kansas Tech. The Mavericks were runner-up in the strong Region VI Championships with 65 points. NW Kansas Tech – fifth in last year’s nationals – will be seeking a first-ever team title.

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Central Arizona, No. 7 Salt Lake (Utah) CC, No. 8 College of Southern Idaho, No. 9 Butler (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Trinidad State (Colo.).

Top athletes and teams take the course at Apalachee Regional Park at 11 am ET next Saturday.

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

2022 Week #4 - November 2nd

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3el-paso-texas-ccEL PASO (TEXAS) CC
Region V
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5northwest-kansas-techNORTHWEST KANSAS TECH
Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7salt-lake-utah-ccSALT LAKE (UTAH) CC
Region XVIII
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▲2
(LW: 11)
10trinidad-state-coloTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.)
Region IX
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
Region XI
 ▼2
(LW: 9)
12hill-texasHILL (TEXAS)
Region V
 ▲4
(LW: 16)
13vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)
Region V
 NR
15amarillo-texasAMARILLO (TEXAS)
Region V
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
15fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC
KJCCC/Region VI
 NR
17pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (2)
 ▼5
(LW: 12)
18eastern-florida-stateEASTERN FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 ▼4
(LW: 14)
19north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V
 ▲6
(LW: 25)
20cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▼3
(LW: 17)
21ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V
 ▼2
(LW: 19)
22hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▼4
(LW: 18)
23indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲1
(LW: 24)
24neosho-county-kan-ccNEOSHO COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▼1
(LW: 23)
25southern-nevadaSOUTHERN NEVADA
Region XVIII
 ▼4
(LW: 21)
25monroe-new-rochelle-n-yMONROE-NEW ROCHELLE (N.Y.)
Region XV
 ▼3
(LW: 22)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4FINAL
Colby (Kan.) CC11111
Iowa Central CC22222
Northwest Kansas Tech46553
El Paso (Texas) CC65434
New Mexico JC73345
Trinidad State (Colo.)3410106
Central Arizona59767
Salt Lake (Utah) CC118678
Southern Idaho811889
Butler (Kan.) CC9711910
Hill (Texas)18161211
Vincennes (Ind.)1613131312
Pima (Ariz.) CC1212121713
Iowa Western CC101091114
Eastern Florida State1414141815
Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)24222516
Dodge City (Kan.) CC2417
Ranger (Texas)1920192118
Amarillo (Texas)2016151519
Garden City (Kan.) CC18222020
Barton (Kan.) CC21
Crowder (Mo.)22
Southern Nevada1519212523
Fort Scott (Kan.) CC1524
Neosho County (Kan.) CC21232425
Seminole State (Fla.)26
Colorado Mountain27
Delaware Tech CC28
Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.)29
South Plains (Texas)14
North Central Texas232519
Cloud County (Kan.) CC13151720
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC17171822
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC252423
Western Texas2221
Hagerstown (Md.) CC23

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National 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