2019 D2 XC Top 25 Men: Update #5

Updated: Jan 13


KEY

(Unranked):

Was not ranked the week before.


(#/#):

First number indicates how much the individual has moved in the rankings.

The second number indicates where they were ranked the week before.

25. Kale Adams, Rs. Senior, Adams State (-6 / 19)

Adams was not a participant at the RMAC Championships last weekend. He falls to #25 because of other performances, but we don’t think he’s a non-Top 25 guy.


24. Ryan Riddle, Sophomore, Missouri Southern (-1 / 23)

Riddle finished 7th at the MIAA meet. No movement for him after his conference race. We still think he's a top talent, but he's still young and adjust the championship racing at the D2 level.


23. Afewerki Zeru, Sophomore, UCCS (Unranked)

Zeru finally cracks our Top 25 after weeks of being on the "Just Missed" portion. He had a stellar 4th place finish at the RMAC Championships, placing behind three of the top runners in the country. He’s had a strong season, but we’ve been waiting for a performance like this to move him inside our rankings.


22. Matthew Pahl, Senior, Michigan Tech (Unranked)

Sooner or later, Matthew Pahl was going to get the recognition that he deserves. It has become increasingly more difficult to ignore Pahl's incredible consistency. The Michigan Tech senior has finished 9th at the MSU Spartan Invitational, 4th at Roy Griak (Maroon race), and now 5th at the GLIAC Championships. He is one of the more underrated low-sticks in the NCAA right now.


21. Dane Blomquist, Senior, Adams State (+3 / 24)

Blomquist has quietly had a strong season. He ran well at Paul Short and followed that up with a top 10 performance (8th) at the RMAC Championships. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his stock rise again after racing a 10k at regionals next weekend.


20. Nadir Yusuf, Senior, MSU-Moorhead (Unranked)

Maybe the most slept on athlete of the year, but Yusuf announced his presence loud and clear at the NSIC Championships, finishing 3rd behind Aaron Runge and Mason Phillips. Yusuf helped lead his team to a 2nd place finish and has placed himself at least inside the Top 20 when things move towards a 10k.


19. Ezekiel Kiphirchir, Junior, West Texas A&M (+2 / 21)

Kipchirchir won his conference meet by 28 seconds and with that, he moves up two spots this week. He gets to run regionals on his home course giving him a slight advantage, but it will be a great challenge for him when he gets together with the other South Central teams next weekend.


18. Kyle Moran, Rs. Freshman, Colorado Mines (+7 / 25)

Moran moves five spots because of his 5th place finish at the RMAC Championships. Part of a dominating performance from the Orediggers, Moran will be a huge piece to the team championship bid. He was only a second back of Zeru, and he remains in front of Zeru this week because of his racing history throughout this season.


17. Mason Phillips, Senior, Sioux Falls (-4 / 13)

Phillips falls four spots in large part to finishing runner-up at the NSIC Championships. He has not had the same kind of season that he had in 2018, but that doesn’t mean his ability has gone to the wayside. Phillips is still a strong top 20 candidate with the upside of top 10, we just haven’t seen it all put together this year.


16. Aaron Runge, Senior, Augustana (S.D.) (Unranked)

Runge continues his strong season with a 1st place finish at the NSIC Championships. As mentioned earlier, he took down Phillips from Sioux Falls as well as Brown. Runge has been on a quiet tear since Roy Griak and it finally all culminated in a conference title for him.


15. Luc Hagen, Rs. Junior, Colorado Mines (+2 / 17)

Hagen finished 6th at the RMAC Championships and was 10 seconds back of Moran. It was another strong race from Hagen that warrants a move up in the rankings by two spots.


14. Felix Kemboi, Senior, Alaska Anchorage (+2 / 16)

Kemboi was the winner of the GNAC Championships over the weekend. This comes as a bit of a surprise as his teammate, Wesley Kirui, was likely the favorite. Regardless, it’s a strong performance from Kemboi who should only get better when he reaches the 10k distance.

13. Karim Achengli, Senior, NW Missouri (+2 / 15)

Achengli moves up two spots after his 3rd place run at the MIAA Championships. He was 17 seconds back of 2nd place and 40 second back of the winner. Still, he put together a strong race that helped the Bearcats get within 21 points of Missouri Southern.


12. Braden Reichl, Junior, Michigan Tech (+2 / 14)

We have yet another top 10 performance for Reichl this season after he placed 4th at the GLIAC Championships. He’s had a tremendous season so far and he certainly seems ready for the postseason. He should finish inside the top 10 at regionals this year as well.


11. Jhordan Ccope, Junior, NW Missouri (0 / 11)

Ccope doesn’t move this week after his runner-up performance at the MIAA Championships. The placing was expected, and even the 22 second gap from the winner was expected. I wonder if there will be an uptick in performance for Ccope when he’s required to run a 10k.


10. CarLee Stimpfel, Sophomore, Saginaw Valley State (0 / 10)

Stimpfel finished 2nd at the GLIAC Championships last weekend and was 14 seconds back of the winner. This is about what we expected from Stimpfel which garners no movement up or down in the rankings this week.


9. Titus Winders, Sophomore, Southern Indiana (0 / 9)

Winders won the GLVC Championships with relative ease, besting the next finisher by 17 seconds. He stands pat at #9 this week.


8. Jack Mastandrea, Senior, Charleston (W.V.) (-1 / 7)

Mastandrea only moves down this week because of other performances. He won the Mountain East Championship by 25 seconds over his teammate.


7. Wesley Kirui, Junior, Alaska Anchorage (-3 / 4)

Kirui falls three spots this week due to other performances and a 3rd place finish at the GNAC Championships. We mentioned that he was the favorite heading into the weekend, but even with this performance, he doesn’t fall outside of our Top 10.


6. Joshua Chepkesir, Sophomore, UNC Pembroke (0 / 6)

Talk about making a statement. Chepkesir won the Peach Belt Conference by 1:05. Sure, it’s the Peach Belt, and it was on his home course, but winning in that dominanting of a fashion makes us believe that he’s ready for whatever is thrown his way in the upcoming weeks.


5. Charlie Sweeney, Rs. Sophomore, Western Colorado (0 / 5)

Sweeney doesn’t move this week after finishing 3rd at the RMAC Championships. Another strong performance from him. Moving forward, reaching the distance of 10k should help him in terms of his strength and ability over that distance.


4. Taylor Stack, Junior, Western Colorado (-1 / 3)

Stack was upset at the RMAC Championships, finishing 2nd overall. He moves down because the person who upset him moves in front of him. Despite the loss, Stack is still a contender to be a top five finisher at Nationals.


3. Dylan Ko, Rs. Sophomore, Colorado Mines (+9 / 12)

Ko is the biggest riser this week...and for good reason. Ko took home the RMAC Championship title, knocking off both of the aforementioned Sweeney and Stack. It’s a huge performance from Ko who looks to be rolling at the right time this season.


2. Tanner Chada, Sophomore, Grand Valley State (0 / 2)

Chada essentially dominated the GLIAC Championships. He finished 14 seconds ahead of 2nd place in convincing fashion. He’s easily the second best runner in the country right now. We’ll see how he takes to racing the 10k distance.


1. Gidieon Kimutai, Sophomore, Missouri Southern (0 / 1)

Kimutai added another victory to his resume at the MIAA Championships. He won by 22 seconds and continues to prove that he is the clear front-runner for the individual title this season.

ADDED

Afewerki Zeru (UCCS)

Matthew Pahl (Michigan Tech)

Nadir Yusuf (MSU-Moorhead)

Aaron Runge (Augustana S.D.))


KICKED OFF

Anthony Raftis (Queens (N.C.))

Luke Julian (Colorado Mines)

Ross Husch (Western Colorado)

Steven Brown (Sioux Falls)


JUST MISSED (in no particular order)

Justin Crosswhite (Western Oregon)

Jay Day (Alabama-Huntsville)

Dayton Brown (Saginaw Valley State)

Tai Smith (Mount Olive)

Jesus Urtusuatsegui (Augustana (S.D.))

Silus Kipkoech (UNC Pembroke)

Joshua Litwiller (Cal State San Marcos)

Augostine Lisoreng (NW Missouri)

Trad Berti (Chico State)

Steven Brown (Sioux Falls)


HONORABLE MENTION (in no particular order)

Ben Schneiderman (Colorado Mines)

Jake Mitchem (Colorado Mines)

Max Sevcik (Colorado Mines)

Shane Bracken (Saint Leo)

Mathew Chesum (Benedict)

Gabe Plendcio (Biola)

Isaiah Rodarte (Adams State)

Joseph Humes (Hillsdale)

Noah Murray (Walsh)

Christopher Sims (Roberts Wesleyan)