DII National Cross Country Rankings — Week 4

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 12, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week four national team rankings for the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country season. On the men’s side, the top nine teams are unchanged from last week with Adams State and Western State still holding strong in the 1-2 positions. Nothing changed to the women’s top 12 as Western State and Chico State are still in the top two slots.

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AROUND THE POLLS

* Although the top half of the polls on both sides had little change from the previous week, a few nuggets are worth mentioning. On the men’s side New Mexico Highlands (No. 20) returns to the poll while No. 25 Missouri Southern is in the top 25 for the first time this year. Harding’s women made a huge leap to No. 13, up 11 spots from a week ago. Harding won a DII-stacked meet at Missouri S&T, 71-74, over then-No. 16 Pittsburg State.

* Meets to watch this weekend in the division include the Gettysburg Invite and the Penn State National where a handful of ranked teams will be on hand. Women’s No. 4 Grand Valley State will be at Penn State while No. 9 Shippensburg headlines the Gettysburg meet.

* Next week (weekend of October 22) will be full of Division II conference championships. Stay tuned.

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 #4, October 12

next ranking: October 19
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)
6
7 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
7
8 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
8
9 Eastern New Mexico South Central Lone Star Mike Harney (1st)
9
10 Central Missouri South Central MIAA Kirk Pedersen (25th)
11
11 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
12
12 East Central (Okla.) South Central Great American Steve Sawyer (3rd)
13
13 Minnesota State Central NSIC Mark Schuck (30th)
14
14 Metro State Central RMAC John Supsic (2nd)
15
15 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
16
16 UMass Lowell East Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (10th)
10
17 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Jim Vargo (12th)
17
18 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
19
19 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (25th)
21
20 New Mexico Highlands Central RMAC Bob DeVries (20th)
NR
21 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
20
22 Western Oregon West GNAC Mike Johnson (8th)
22
23 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
24
24 Ashland Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (2nd)
23
25 Missouri Southern South Central MIAA Tom Rutledge (23rd)
NR
Dropped Out: No. 18 Southern Connecticut, No. 25 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 #4, October 12

next ranking: October 19
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 U-Mary Central NSIC Dennis Newell (6th)
8
9 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
9
10 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
10
11 Tampa South Sunshine Jarrett Slaven (13th)
11
12 Midwestern State South Central Lone Star Koby Styles (5th)
12
13 Harding South Central Great American Steve Guymon (9th)
24
14 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
14
15 Pittsburg State South Central MIAA Russ Jewett (26th)
16
16 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (25th)
15
17 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Kris Horton (7th)
17
18 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
18
19 Southern Indiana Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (15th)
19
20 Missouri Southern South Central MIAA Patty Vavra (16th)
25
21 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
20
22 Truman State South Central MIAA John Cochrane (32nd)
13
23 Mansfield Atlantic PSAC Mike Rohl (9th)
22
24 East Stroudsburg Atlantic PSAC Joe Koch (25th)
23
25 Northwest Missouri South Central MIAA Scott Lorek (8th)
21
Dropped Out: none
teams ranked by Ray Hoffman, Kutztown
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)