Preseason Division II Regional Rankings Released

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 24, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday preseason regional cross country rankings in Division II. Placed in order by a representative in each region, regional rankings are a reflection of a team’s strengths entering the year based on returning and new runners on each squad.

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NCAA Regional Championships will take place on November 20 or 21 in eight sites. A complete listing can be found here … http://www.ustfccca.org/ustfccca-calendar/future-collegiate-championships.

The top-25 teams in the national cross country coaches’ poll in Division II will be released on Wednesday. The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held on December 4 in Louisville, Ky., at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.

The next regional rankings will be released on September 21.

MEN’S RANKINGS

ATLANTIC Region

Steve Spence’s Shippensburg squad is the defending champs in the region and finished 13th at the national championships last year. Edinboro was runner up in the regional last year, but placed 12th at the national meet.

ATLANTIC Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Shippensburg

Shippensburg, Pa.

PSAC

1

2

Edinboro

Edinboro, Pa.

PSAC

2

3

Lock Haven

Lock Haven, Pa.

PSAC

3

4

Millersville

Millersville, Pa.

PSAC

12

5

Slippery Rock

Slippery Rock, Pa.

PSAC

7

6

East Stroudsburg

East Stroudsburg, Pa.

PSAC

4

7

California (Pa.)

California, Pa.

PSAC

9

8

Wheeling Jesuit

Wheeling, W.Va.

WVIAC

18

9

Bloomsburg (Pa.)

Bloomsburg, Pa.

PSAC

5

10

Indiana (Pa.)

Indiana, Pa.

PSAC

6

CENTRAL Region

The Central Region boasted the top three finishing teams at the NCAA Championships last fall, including Adams State who is the two-time national defending squad. The Grizzlies return just two of their top five runners from a year ago while RMAC rival Western State brings four of five back from their squad that was the national and region runner-up in 2009. Colorado Mines who was third at the national meet has all five of their top squad members back.

CENTRAL Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Adams State

Alamosa, Colo.

RMAC

1

2

Western State

Gunnison, Colo.

RMAC

2

3

Colorado Mines

Golden, Colo.

RMAC

3

4

Augustana (S.D.)

Sioux Falls, S.D.

NSIC

5

5

Metro State

Denver, Colo.

RMAC

4

6

Neb.-Kearney

Kearney, Neb.

RMAC

8

7

Minnesota State

Mankato, Minn.

NSIC

7

8

New Mexico Highlands

Las Vegas, N.M.

RMAC

9

9

St. Cloud State

St. Cloud, Minn.

NSIC

11

10

UC-Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colo.

RMAC

10

EAST Region

UMass Lowell hold the top spot in the East to start the season. The Gary Gardner-led River Hawks was 16th at the NCAA meet in 2009 and the East champ. American International is ranked second in the region and returns now-sophomore Glarius Rop who finished third at the national meet as a freshman a year ago.

EAST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

UMass Lowell

Lowell, Mass.

NE-10

1

2

American International

Springfield, Mass.

NE-10

5

3

Stonehill

Easton, Mass.

NE-10

2

4

Adelphi

Garden City, N.Y.

NE-10

4

5

Bentley

Waltham, Mass.

NE-10

3

6

Southern Connecticut

New Haven, Conn.

NE-10

6

7

C.W. Post

Brookville, N.Y.

East Coast

10

8

Saint Rose

Albany, N.Y.

NE-10

9

9

Felician

Lodi, N.J.

CACC

14

10

New Haven

West Haven, Conn.

NE-10

12

MIDWEST Region

Grand Valley State is the early favorite in the Midwest Region, but Lakers coach Jerry Baltes will have Southern Indiana in close view throughout the season. While GVSU notched a fifth-place showing at last year’s NCAA meet, the Screaming Eagles of Southern Indiana was sixth and enter as the second-ranked team in the Midwest.

MIDWEST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Grand Valley State

Allendale, Mich.

GLIAC

1

2

Southern Indiana

Evansville, Ind.

GLVC

3

3

Drury

Springfield, Mo.

GLVC

4

4

Bellarmine

Louisville, Ky.

GLVC

5

5

Wayne State (Mich.)

Detroit, Mich.

GLIAC

6

6

Ashland

Ashland, Ohio

GLIAC

17

7

Saginaw Valley State

Bay City, Mich.

GLIAC

2

8

Lewis

Romeoville, Ill.

GLVC

16

9

Hillsdale

Hillsdale, Mich.

GLIAC

7

10

Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

GLIAC

10

SOUTH Region

Harding returns last year’s national runner up Daniel Kirwa to their arsenal. Kirwa, now a junior, led the Bison last year to a ninth-place national finish. Florida Southern, ranked second in the region, was 22nd at the national meet in 2009.

SOUTH Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Harding

Searcy, Ark.

Gulf South

1

2

Florida Southern

Lakeland, Fla.

Sunshine

2

3

Ala.-Huntsville

Huntsville, Ala.

Gulf South

6

4

Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Sunshine

8

5

West Georgia

Carrollton, Ga.

Gulf South

4

6

West Florida

Pensacola, Fla.

Gulf South

5

7

Nova Southeastern

Davie, Fla.

Sunshine

3

8

West Alabama

Livingston, Ala.

Gulf South

12

9

Florida Tech

Melbourne, Fla.

Sunshine

7

10

Morehouse

Atlanta, Ga.

SIAC

10

SOUTH CENTRAL Region

The Tarleton State Texans are ranked as the top team in the South Central to star t the season. Pittsburg State, who 18th at last year’s national meet sits second in the regional rankings.

SOUTH CENTRAL Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Tarleton State

Stephenville, Texas

Lone Star

4

2

Pittsburg State

Pittsburg, Kan.

MIAA

3

3

Fort Hays State

Hays, Kan.

MIAA

6

4

Missouri Southern

Joplin, Mo.

MIAA

1

5

Eastern New Mexico

Portales, N.M.

Lone Star

9

6

Emporia State

Emporia, Kan.

MIAA

7

7

Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Mo.

MIAA

8

8

Cameron

Lawton, Okla.

Lone Star

5

9

East Central (Okla.)

Ada, Okla.

Lone Star

11

10

Abilene Christian

Abilene, Texas

Lone Star

10

SOUTHEAST Region

Queens University of Charlotte is the early favorite in the Southeast. Scott Simmons’ Royals won the region in 2009 and was seventh at the NCAA Championships. Columbus State returns their top four runners and was 19th at the national meet last year. King College of Bristol, Tenn., will make their Division II debut this year and have a team to watch.

SOUTHEAST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Queens (N.C.)

Charlotte, N.C.

Conf. Car.

1

2

Columbus State

Columbus, Ga.

Peach Belt

2

3

Mars Hill

Mars Hill, N.C.

SAC

3

4

Clayton State

Morrow, Ga.

Peach Belt

5

5

King College

Bristol, Tenn.

Indep.

NCCAA

6

UNC Pembroke

Pembroke, N.C.

Peach Belt

5

7

Wingate

Wingate, N.C.

SAC

8

8

Lees-McRae

Banner Elk, N.C.

Conf. Car.

4

9

Anderson (S.C.)

Anderson, S.C.

SAC

12

10

Lenoir-Rhyne

Hickory, N.C.

SAC

9

WEST Region

Chico State, led by Gary Towne, is the defending West champs and holds the top spot in the region to begin the year. The Wildcats placed eighth at last year’s national meet while second-ranked Western Washington was fourth.

WEST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Chico State

Chico, Calif.

CCAA

1

2

Western Washington

Bellingham, Wash.

GNAC

2

3

Alaska-Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

GNAC

3

4

Western Oregon

Monmouth, Ore.

GNAC

4

5

Cal Poly Pomona

Pomona, Calif.

CCAA

5

6

Humboldt State

Arcata, Calif.

CCAA

6

7

Northwest Nazarene

Nampa, Idaho

GNAC

7

8

UC San Diego

La Jolla, Calif.

CCAA

9

9

Cal State Stanislaus

Turlock, Calif.

CCAA

8

10

BYU Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii

Pac West

10

WOMEN’S RANKINGS

ATLANTIC Region

Shippensburg also leads the women’s region rankings out of the gate. The defending champs of the region, the Red Raiders placed 15th at the NCAA meet in 2009. PSAC rival Kutztown is ranked second in the region and was 14th at the national meet last year. Bloomsburg (Pa.), who is fourth in the preseason rankings, was 17th at nationals last  year.

ATLANTIC Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Shippensburg

Shippensburg, Pa.

PSAC

1

2

Kutztown

Kutztown, Pa.

PSAC

2

3

Slippery Rock

Slippery Rock, Pa.

PSAC

4

4

Bloomsburg (Pa.)

Bloomsburg, Pa.

PSAC

3

5

Edinboro

Edinboro, Pa.

PSAC

8

6

Millersville

Millersville, Pa.

PSAC

5

7

Lock Haven

Lock Haven, Pa.

PSAC

6

8

Mansfield

Mansfield, Pa.

PSAC

7

9

Indiana (Pa.)

Indiana, Pa.

PSAC

10

10

East Stroudsburg

East Stroudsburg, Pa.

PSAC

12

CENTRAL Region

Defending national champions Adams State is the top-ranked team in the Central region. Damon Martin’s squad will have challengers in the region which include national top-10 finishers from a year ago, Minnesota Duluth and Western State.

CENTRAL Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Adams State

Alamosa, Colo.

RMAC

1

2

Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, Minn.

NSIC

6

3

Western State

Gunnison, Colo.

RMAC

2

4

Augustana (S.D.)

Sioux Falls, S.D.

NSIC

3

5

U-Mary

Bismarck, N.D.

NSIC

4

6

Mesa State

Grand Junction, Colo.

RMAC

7

7

Colorado Mines

Golden, Colo.

RMAC

8

8

Metro State

Denver, Colo.

RMAC

5

9

Winona State

Winona, Minn.

NSIC

10

10

Minnesota State

Mankato, Minn.

NSIC

11

EAST Region

Karen Boen’s Stonehill Skyhawks are the defending champs and top-ranked team in the East. The Northeast-10 boasts the top five regional ranked sports with Southern Connecticut and UMass Lowell falling at No. 2 and 3, respectively.

EAST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Stonehill

Easton, Mass.

NE-10

1

2

Southern Connecticut

New Haven, Conn.

NE-10

4

3

UMass Lowell

Lowell, Mass.

NE-10

2

4

Adelphi

Garden City, N.Y.

NE-10

3

5

Saint Rose

Albany, N.Y.

NE-10

7

6

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

CACC

5

7

Merrimack

North Andover, Mass.

NE-10

6

8

Bentley

Waltham, Mass.

NE-10

8

9

NYIT

Old Westbury, N.Y.

East Coast

9

10

Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J.

CACC

10


MIDWEST Region

Last year’s national runner up, Grand Valley State, holds the top-ranked spot and is looking for a title defense in the Midwest. GLIAC rival Ferris State is the second-ranked team after finishing 11th at the national meet a year ago. Southern Indiana, at third in the region, was 12th at nationals in 2009.

MIDWEST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Grand Valley State

Allendale, Mich.

GLIAC

1

2

Ferris State

Big Rapids, Mich.

GLIAC

3

3

Southern Indiana

Evansville, Ind.

GLVC

2

4

Ashland

Ashland, Ohio

GLIAC

5

5

Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

GLIAC

7

6

Lewis

Romeoville, Ill.

GLVC

11

7

Hillsdale

Hillsdale, Mich.

GLIAC

4

8

Northern Kentucky

Highland Heights, Ky.

GLVC

6

9

Bellarmine

Louisville, Ky.

GLVC

8

10

Wayne State (Mich.)

Detroit, Mich.

GLIAC

10

SOUTH Region

After finishing in the nation’s top 10 last fall, the Tampa Spartans are the top-ranked squad and defending champs of the South Region. Harding, who graduated their top six runners from a team that was 19th at the NCAAs a year ago, still get a nod as the second-ranked squad in the region.

SOUTH Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Tampa

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine

1

2

Harding

Searcy, Ark.

Gulf South

2

3

Ala.-Huntsville

Huntsville, Ala.

Gulf South

11

4

Arkansas Tech

Russellville, Ark.

Gulf South

4

5

West Florida

Pensacola, Fla.

Gulf South

6

6

Nova Southeastern

Davie, Fla.

Sunshine

8

7

West Alabama

Livingston, Ala.

Gulf South

9

8

Florida Tech

Melbourne, Fla.

Sunshine

3

9

Florida Southern

Lakeland, Fla.

Sunshine

5

10

West Georgia

Carrollton, Ga.

Gulf South

7

SOUTH CENTRAL Region

Patty Varva’s Missouri Southern Lions are the defending champs and top-ranked squad in the South Central. After claiming a third-place national showing a year ago, MSSU has several MIAA rivals that will be gunning for a top finish in the region, including Truman State, Pittsburg State, and Northwest Misssouri.

SOUTH CENTRAL Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Missouri Southern

Joplin, Mo.

MIAA

1

2

Truman State

Kirksville, Mo.

MIAA

3

3

Pittsburg State

Pittsburg, Kan.

MIAA

4

4

Northwest Missouri

Maryville, Mo.

MIAA

5

5

Fort Hays State

Hays, Kan.

MIAA

6

6

Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Mo.

MIAA

9

7

Emporia State

Emporia, Kan.

MIAA

10

8

Midwestern State

Wichita Falls, Texas

Lone Star

8

9

Dallas Baptist

Dallas, Texas

Heartland

2

10

West Texas A&M

Canyon, Texas

Lone Star

12

SOUTHEAST Region

The Cougars of Columbus State holds the title of defending champs of the Southeast and is the No. 1 team in the preseason. J.D. Evisizer returns four of five to his team that was 24th last year at the national championships. Queens (N.C.) was 20th at the national meet in 2009 and will be on the radar for the region’s top spot.

SOUTHEAST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Columbus State

Columbus, Ga.

Peach Belt

1

2

Queens (N.C.)

Charlotte, N.C.

Conf. Car.

2

3

Lenoir-Rhyne

Hickory, N.C.

SAC

7

4

Augusta State

Augusta, Ga.

Peach Belt

5

5

Anderson (S.C.)

Anderson, S.C.

Conf. Car.

10

6

King College

Bristol, Tenn.

Indep.

NCCAA

7

Lees-McRae

Banner Elk, N.C.

Conf. Car.

3

8

Clayton State

Morrow, Ga.

Peach Belt

9

9

GCSU

Milledgeville, Ga.

Peach Belt

4

10

Montevallo

Montevallo, Ala.

Peach Belt

6

WEST Region

The West Region had four of its squads finish in the nation’s top 10 in 2009 and will once again be a region to watch closely. Alaska-Anchorage is the defending champs and top-ranked squad in the region and the Seawolves notched a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championships a year ago. Second-ranked Chico State was sixth at NCAAs a year ago while third-ranked Western Washington was eighth nationally and fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific was fourth in the nation last fall.

WEST Region

Rank

School

Location

Conference

2009 FINISH

1

Alaska-Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

GNAC

1

2

Chico State

Chico, Calif.

CCAA

2

3

Western Washington

Bellingham, Wash.

GNAC

4

4

Seattle Pacific

Seattle, Wash.

GNAC

3

5

Northwest Nazarene

Nampa, Idaho

GNAC

6

6

Cal Poly Pomona

Pomona, Calif.

CCAA

5

7

UC San Diego

La Jolla, Calif.

CCAA

7

8

Cal State LA

Los Angeles, Calif.

CCAA

8

9

Western Oregon

Monmouth, Ore.

GNAC

10

10

BYU Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii

Pac West

9