DII National Cross Country Rankings — Week 2

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 28, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week two national team rankings for the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country season. The top five men’s and the top nine women’s teams remain unchanged from a week ago, but 17 men’s teams and 15 women’s ranked teams will be in action this weekend which could usher in a hefty change to the rankings in the coming weeks.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN
– The top five spots in the men’s rankings are unchanged from last week’s release.
– At No. 10, Central Missouri cracked the top ten for the first time this season.
– New to the top 25 this season are No. 12 Minnesota State and No. 14 Eastern New Mexico.
– The RMAC is still the top conference with four teams in the top 25, followed by the GNAC, Northeast-10, and PSAC with three apiece.
– No. 1 Adams State and No. 2 Western State are slated to do battle at the Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State this weekend, but both also lists Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Shootout on the schedule for possible split-squad action … No. 3 Grand Valley State will visit the Notre Dame Invitational … No. 6 Southern Indiana along with No. 16 Queens (N.C.) and No. 17 Bellarmine are schedule to run at the Greater Louisville Classic this weekend.

WOMEN
— The top nine spots in the men’s rankings are unchanged from last week’s release.
– At No. 10, U-Mary cracked the top ten for the first time this season.
– New to the top 25 this season are No. 23 UC San Diego, No. 24 Mansfield, and No. 25 Colorado Mines.
– The PSAC now leads all conferences with four squads in the top 25, followed by the RMAC, MIAA, and CCAA with three apiece.

The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday, November 19, in Spokane, Wash. NCAA Regional Championships will be held two weeks prior on the weekend of November 5.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country National Team Rankings

2011 Week #2, September 28

next ranking: October 5
Rank Institution Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Adams State Central RMAC Damon Martin (17th)
1
2 Western State Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (5th)
2
3 Grand Valley State Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th)
3
4 Colorado Mines Central RMAC Art Siemers (10th)
4
5 Chico State West CCAA Gary Towne (16th)
5
6 Southern Indiana Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (14th)
7
7 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
8
8 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
6
9 UMass Lowell East Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (10th)
9
10 Central Missouri South Central MIAA Kirk Pedersen (25th)
12
11 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
11
12 Minnesota State Central NSIC Mark Schuck (30th)
NR
13 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
10
14 Eastern New Mexico South Central Lone Star Mike Harney (1st)
NR
15 Metro State Central RMAC John Suspic (2nd)
13
16 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
14
17 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Jim Vargo (12th)
15
18 Southern Connecticut East Northeast-10 John Wallin (2nd)
16
19 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
17
20 East Central (Okla.) South Central Great American Steve Sawyer (3rd)
18
21 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (24th)
19
22 Western Oregon West GNAC Mike Johnson (8th)
20
23 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
23
24 Ashland Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (2nd)
22
25 Cal Poly Pomona West CCAA Troy Johnson (5th)
25
Dropped Out: No. 21 New Mexico Highlands, No. 24 Harding
teams ranked by T.J. Garlatz, Alaska Anchorage
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country National Team Rankings

2011 Week #2, September 28

next ranking: October 5
Rank Institution Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Western State Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (5th)
1
2 Chico State West CCAA Gary Towne (16th)
2
3 Ferris State Midwest GLIAC Steve Picucci (4th)
3
4 Grand Valley State Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th)
4
5 Adams State Central RMAC Damon Martin (24th)
5
6 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
6
7 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
7
8 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
8
9 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
9
10 U-Mary Central NSIC Mike Thorson (18th)
11
11 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
12
12 Midwestern State South Central Lone Star Koby Styles (5th)
13
13 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
14
14 Tampa South Sunshine Jarrett Slaven (13th)
15
15 Truman State South Central MIAA John Cochrane (32nd)
18
16 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
17
17 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (24th)
21
18 Pittsburg State South Central MIAA Russ Jewett (26th)
23
19 Southern Indiana Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (15th)
20
20 Missouri Southern South Central MIAA Patty Vavra (16th)
16
21 Cal Poly Pomona West CCAA Troy Johnson (5th)
19
22 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Kris Horton (7th)
22
23 UC San Diego West CCAA Nate Garcia (5th)
NR
24 Mansfield Atlantic PSAC Mike Rohl (9th)
NR
25 Colorado Mines Central RMAC Art Siemers (10th)
NR
Dropped Out: No. 10 Minnesota Duluth, No. 24 Nova Southeastern, No. 25 San Francisco State
teams ranked by Ray Hoffman, Kutztown
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)