MASON CITY - The NIACC men's cross country team is tied for No. 17 in the initial USTFCCA NJCAA Divison I poll released Wednesday.
Iowa Central is ranked No. 2, Hawkeye CC is No. 12, Indian Hills is No. 20 and Southwestern is No. 25.
The NIACC men were ranked in all five USTFCCA polls last season. The Trojans were ranked as high as sixth in the initial poll in 2017 and placed 18th at the national meet.
The NIACC men claimed the Grand View Viking Invitational with 34 points last Friday at Southeast Polk High School.
NIACC sophomore Abdiaziz Wako was the individual champion of the 8-kilometer race in a personal-best time of 27 minutes, 41 seconds. The Grand View meet was the first time the Trojans have competed in an 8K race this season.
NIACC returns to action Sept. 22 at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper in Fayetteville, Ark.
USTFCCA NJCAA Division I men's poll
Central Arizona, Iowa Central, Cloud County CC, El Paso CC, Hutchinson CC, South Plains, Allen CC, Trinidad State JC, Southern Idaho, Louisburg, Lansing CC, Hawkeye CC, Colby CC, Ranger, Waubonsee CC, Cowley, NIACC, Mesa CC, Grand Rapids CC, Indian Hills CC, Pima CC, Dodge City CC, Meridan CC, Highland (Kan.) CC, Southwestern.