Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll

Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll

By: Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA 

http://www.ustfccca.org/2017/11/featured/2017-njcaa-di-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-pre-championships

 

NEW ORLEANS – It's finally time for the 2017 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

The best of the best in NJCAA Division I travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa this weekend to find out which individuals and teams will earn the right be called champions.

Allow this post to serve as a preview of sorts for this weekend as we'll hash out the most recent National Coaches' Polls that were released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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NATIONAL COACHES' POLL – 2017 Week By Week
NATIONAL COACHES' POLL – All-Time Week By Week

For those who are new or need a refresher, the NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches' Polls are voted on by 10 coaches from around the nation. Points are assigned to each spot in the poll and the team with the most points is No. 1, followed by the second most and so on and so forth.

Men's Story

If the most recent NJCAA Division I Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll has any bearing on what could happen this weekend, it's going to be a four-team race between top-ranked Iowa Central, No. 2 Central Arizona, No. 3 South Plains (Texas) and No. 4 Paradise Valley (Ariz.).

All four of those teams separated themselves from the pack throughout the season and each sit with more than 200 points in the most recent National Coaches' Poll.

The Tritons, who are hosting the meet this year, own eight out of the 10 first-place votes given out by the electorate. Iowa Central last won the national title in 2015, which completed a back-to-back run by Dee Brown's program.

Anything can happen out on the course, though, as the Tritons were favored last year but Central Arizona put five in the top-25 and won the crown. The Vaqueros also happen to have the remaining two first-place votes in the most recent index.

Two men who finished in the top-5 last year do return and they should be considered favorites to win the individual title: Cloud County's Moses Dirane (second last year) and Iowa Central's Karim Achengli (fourth). Achengli has been named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week four times in 2017.

Now if a team other than Iowa Central or Central Arizona wins the team title, it will be the first time that happened since 2011. Paradise Valley won it that year and enters this meet ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Women's Story

Iowa Central is heavily favored to win its first team title since 2013.

The Tritons enter this weekend's meet with all 10 first-place votes in the final National Coaches' Poll of the season.

Sitting behind Iowa Central in the poll is Central Arizona, El Paso (Texas) and Cowley (Kan.) County. The College of Southern Idaho rounds out the final top-5.

From an individual standpoint, Sandra Szpott of Garden City CC is the top returning finisher. Szpott took third last year behind Leanne Pompeani and Susan Ejore.

Look for Iowa Central's Adva Cohen to compete for the individual title as well, especially after she was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week three times in 2017.

USTFCCCA NJCAA DIVISION I

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL COACHES' POLL

2017 Week #5 — November 8

next release: none, NJCAA Championships, November 11

 

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

NJCAA

USTFCCCA

Head Coach (Yr)

Last
Week

1

Iowa Central CC (8)

248

Region XI

Midwest

Dee Brown (14th)

1

2

Central Arizona (2)

242

Region I

West

Paul Tavares (18th)

2

3

South Plains (Texas)

230

Region V

West

Erik Vance (2nd)

3

4

Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC

215

Region I

West

Dave Barney (22nd)

4

5

Vincennes (Ind.)

194

Region XII

Great Lakes

Blake Albrecht (1st)

5

5

Louisburg (N.C.)

194

Region X

Atlantic

Josh Hayman (1st)

5

7

Lansing (Mich.) CC

186

Region XII

Great Lakes

Jim Robinson (9th)

7

8

Allen (Kan.) CC

183

Region VI

Central

Vince DeGrado (7th)

8

9

Southern Idaho

175

Region XVIII

West

Lindsey Anderson (1st)

9

10

Mesa (Ariz.) CC

156

Region I

West

Dan Pescador (3rd)

10

11

El Paso CC

147

Region V

West

Felix Hinojosa (18th)

11

12

Colby (Kan.) CC

124

Region VI

Central

Cameron Rieth (3rd)

13

13

Macomb (Mich.) CC

118

Region XII

Great Lakes

Kim Renas (5th)

12

14

North Iowa Area CC

101

Region XI

Midwest

Curtis Vais (14th)

14

15

Cloud County (Kan.) CC

96

Region VI

Central

Drew Mahin (5th)

16

16

Ranger (Texas)

90

Region V

West

Kathy Graham (3rd)

15

17

Gillette (Wyo.)

85

Region IX

West

Sean Smith (1st)

16

18

Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC

80

Region XII

Great Lakes

Matt Sicilia (3rd)

18

19

Cowley County (Kan.) CC

79

Region VI

Central

Dan Adler (2nd)

19

20

Western Texas

63

Region V

West

James Williams (5th)

20

21

Butler (Kan.) CC

59

Region VI

Central

Dustin Mettler (1st)

21

22

Trinidad State (Colo.) JC

44

Region IX

West

Lauren Martin (2nd)

22

23

Monroe (N.Y.)

38

Region XV

Atlantic

Shirvon Greene (3rd)

23

24

Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC

21

Region IV

Midwest

Dimitri Dimizas (2nd)

24

25

Muskegon (Mich.) CC

19

Region XII

Great Lakes

Dan Fishel (6th)

RV

Also Receiving Votes: Waubonsee (Ill.) CC 18, Hawkeye (Iowa) CC 10, Highland (Kan.) CC 8, Pima (Ariz.) CC 7, Lake County (Ill.) 5, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC 4, Morton (Ill.) 3, Johnson County (Kan.) CC 3, Southwestern (Iowa) CC 3

Dropped Out: (none)

 

 

USTFCCCA NJCAA DIVISION I

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL COACHES' POLL

2017 Week #5 — November 8

next release: none, NJCAA Championships, November 11

 

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

NJCAA

USTFCCCA

Head Coach (Yr*)

Last
Week

1

Iowa Central CC (10)

250

Region XI

Midwest

Dee Brown (14th)

1

2

Central Arizona

233

Region I

West

Paul Tavares (18th)

2

3

El Paso CC

227

Region V

West

Felix Hinojosa (18th)

3

4

Cowley County (Kan.) CC

218

Region VI

Central

Dan Adler (2nd)

4

5

Southern Idaho

199

Region XVIII

West

Lindsey Anderson (1st)

6

6

Vincennes (Ind.)

194

Region XII

Great Lakes

Blake Albrecht (1st)

5

7

Lansing (Mich.) CC

190

Region XII

Great Lakes

Jim Robinson (9th)

7

8

Colby (Kan.) CC

182

Region VI

Central

Cameron Rieth (3rd)

8

9

Allen (Kan.) CC

177

Region VI

Central

Vince DeGrado (7th)

9

10

South Plains (Texas)

155

Region V

West

Erik Vance (2nd)

10

11

New Mexico JC

144

Region V

West

Jeff Becker (5th)

11

12

Butler (Kan.) CC

132

Region VI

Central

Dustin Mettler (1st)

12

13

Pima (Ariz.) CC

124

Region I

West

Greg Wenneborg (13th)

12

14

Mesa (Ariz.) CC

118

Region I

West

Dan Pescador (3rd)

14

15

Trinidad State (Colo.) JC

107

Region IX

West

Lauren Martin (2nd)

15

16

Macomb (Mich.) CC

98

Region XII

Great Lakes

Kim Renas (5th)

16

17

Iowa Western CC

84

Region XI

Midwest

Emmett Statzer (11th)

17

18

Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

75

Region VI

Central

Justin Riggs (3rd)

19

19

Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC

70

Region XII

Great Lakes

Don Cox (26th)

18

20

Monroe (N.Y.)

68

Region XV

Atlantic

Shirvon Greene (3rd)

20

21

Ranger (Texas)

56

Region V

West

Kathy Graham (3rd)

21

22

Highland (Kan.) CC

44

Region VI

Central

Tom Bond (10th)

22

23

Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.)

38

Region X

Atlantic

Ken Roach (3rd)

23

24

Hawkeye (Iowa) CC

25

Region XI

Midwest

Micah Ruroden (1st)

24

25

Indian Hills (Iowa) CC

14

Region XI

Midwest

Scott Barnes (4th)

25

Also Receiving Votes: North Iowa Area CC 7, Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) 7, NMMI 4, Muskegon (Mich.) CC 3, DuPage (Ill.) 2

Dropped Out: (none)