By Lauren Ellsworth, USTFCCCA
October 5, 2022
NEW ORLEANS – Time to flip the calendar in October.
Here is the latest edition of NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches Survey for the 2022 season, as released by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Wednesday afternoon. Remember that this poll is conducted by counting the votes of eight member coaches – one from each of the division’s eight regions – who also do the regional rankings.
NCAA Division II—Men’s Cross Country
National Top 5 this week
Colorado School of Mines
great valley state
Cross-country polls and rankings
Colorado School of Mines, which was previously co-No. 1 with Adams State, claimed sole possession of the top spot in the National Coaches Poll after receiving seven votes for first place. The Grizzlies, who fell back to No. 2 this week, received a vote for the top spot. Both teams were at the Ted Castaneda Classic this weekend and finished with 33 points each. The Grizzlies ultimately claimed the win in a tiebreaker.
great valley state continued to hold at No. 3 for the fourth week in a row. It was business as usual for the Lakers, this time winning the team title in the CC Men’s 8k Gold section at the Live in Lou Classic. Tanner Chada won the individual crown in 23:18.1 and was one of three outstanding athletes to finish in the top 16.
Wingate and Lee (Tennis) the two moved up three places each to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Bulldogs, who established the program’s top ranking in the National Coaches’ Poll, were the top NCAA DII program in the Gold Section of the Paul Short Run with a 12th-place finish and a team average of 23:53. The Flames placed second to Grand Valley State at the Live in Lou Classic as their runners scored 20-21-23-31-38.
Number 6 Chico Stateno. 7 Augustane (SD) and No. 8 South Missouri all dropped two points apiece to make way for improvements from Wingate and Lee (Tenn.). Colorado Christian remained at No. 9 and is now followed by Charleston (W.Va.)who moved up three places from No. 13 to No. 10. The Golden Eagles, who also participated in the Paul Short Run, beat the former No. 11 Walsh (now No. 13) in the hunt for gold by 65 points.
Further down the rankings, only two teams have moved up several places: Mississippi College moved from #19 to #16; West Texas A&M rose from No. 26 to No. 24. The Choctaws finished sixth at the Chili Pepper Festival and beat two nationally ranked NCAA DII teams, while the Buffs ran a full team for the first time this season at the Louisville Classic and came away with solid wins on multiple DII programs.
Northwood debuted in the National Coaches Poll at No. 28. The Timberwolves earned their first ranking in program history thanks to a strong team effort in the Gold Section of the Live in Lou Classic behind Dillan’s 24th-place finish Haviland.
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2, because the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Chambers Bay Golf Club in Tacoma, Washington!