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

NEW ORLEANS – A new program emerged as No. 1 in the Week 4 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
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
1
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC
2
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
3
Lansing (Mich.) CC
4
Heartland (Ill.) CC
5
Cowley (Kan.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

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

Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC is No. 1 for the first time, edging ahead of No. 2 Mesa (Ariz.) CC and former No. 1 Lansing (Mich.) CC, which is now No. 3. Just two votes separated the trio, each of which received multiple first-place votes.

The Region I Championships brought together Paradise Valley and Mesa for a great matchup as the two squads combined for the first 14 finishers. Mesa’s Yotuel Garcia and Javier Garcia (no relation) went 1-2, but the Pumas followed with all five scorers going 3-4-5-6-7 to win the team title with 25 points ahead of the Thunderbirds’ 31. Both programs will be looking for a first Division II title – Paradise Valley has three DI crowns (most recently in 2011), while Mesa – fourth last year – is seeking its first of any variety.

After being No. 1 all year long, Lansing is No. 3 despite earning six of the 11 first-place votes. The Stars, led by individual runner-up Michael Dennis, comfortably won the Region XII Championships with 29 points ahead of four other ranked teams. Lansing has won six DII titles – most recently in 1999 – although the Stars won the DI title in 2007. They were fifth in DII last year.

Moving up a spot to No. 4 is Heartland (Ill.) CC, which was as high as No. 2 earlier in the year. The Hawks won the Region XXIV Championships with a perfect score of 15 points. Heartland – third in last year’s nationals – will be seeking a first-ever team title.

Cowley (Kan.) moves up a rung to No. 5; they also were as high as No. 2 earlier this year. Cowley was the highest-finishing DII program in the Region VI Championships, even finishing ahead of three DI teams. The Tigers are reigning national champions and can also claim a DI team crown (2010).

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Daytona State (Fla.), No. 7 Allen (Kan.) CC, No. 8 NorthWest Arkansas CC, No. 9 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC and No. 10 Lake-Sumter (Fla.).

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

2022 Week #4 - November 2nd

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


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