Western State Tops Both National Rankings in DII Cross Country

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 26, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week six national team rankings for the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country season. Western State now holds the nation’s top spot in both men’s and women’s rankings, taking over the men’s top spot for the first time this year after defeating then-No. 1 Adams State at the RMAC Championships last week. Western State, Adams State, and Grand Valley State are in the top three of both men’s and women’s rankings.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN

* Western State takes over the top spot for the first time since November 6, 2007. The Mountaineers unseated in-conference rival Adams State by besting the Grizzlies, 28-31 at the RMAC Championships in Denver this past weekend. It was the first conference title for WSC since 2004 and broke Adams State’s streak of six-straight league crowns. The Mountaineers were led by Tyler Pennel who also took the individual conference crown with a 11-second victory of 24:59 in the 8k race.

* New Mexico Highlands (No. 15) and Stonehill (No. 19) reached their highest spot this season in the rankings with this week’s release.

* The RMAC leads all leagues with five schools in the top 25, followed by the Northeast-10, PSAC, and RMAC with three each.

WOMEN

* Western State’s women remain the top team in the land after topping Adams State, 27-31, at the RMAC Championships. Individual champ Lauren Kleppin (21:12) led WSC to victory.

* Adams State moved up two spots to No. 3, a season’s high.

* No. 4 Augustana (S.D.) and No. 18 Southern Indiana have reached season highs as well. Augustana (S.D.) won the NSIC title over U-Mary while Southern Indiana captured the GLVC crown.

* New to the rankings for the first time this season are No. 21 Metro State, No. 24 UW-Parkside, and No. 25 Bentley.

* The GLVC, MIAA, PSAC, and RMAC each have three squads in the top 25 this week to lead all conferences.

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 #6, October 26

next ranking: November 9 (pre-NCAA Championships)
Rank Institution Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Western State Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (5th)
2
2 Adams State Central RMAC Damon Martin (17th)
1
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 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
8
8 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
7
9 Eastern New Mexico South Central Lone Star Mike Harney (1st)
9
10 Central Missouri South Central MIAA Kirk Pedersen (25th)
10
11 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
11
12 East Central (Okla.) South Central Great American Steve Sawyer (3rd)
12
13 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
15
14 Minnesota State Central NSIC Mark Schuck (30th)
13
15 New Mexico Highlands Central RMAC Bob DeVries (20th)
20
16 Metro State Central RMAC John Supsic (2nd)
14
17 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Jim Vargo (12th)
17
18 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
18
19 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
23
20 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (25th)
19
21 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
21
22 Southern Connecticut East Northeast-10 John Wallin (2nd)
NR
23 Western Oregon West GNAC Mike Johnson (8th)
22
24 Ashland Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (2nd)
24
25 UMass Lowell East Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (10th)
16
Dropped Out: No. 25 Missouri Southern
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 #6, October 26

next ranking: November 9 (pre-NCAA Championships)
Rank Institution Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Western State Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (5th)
1
2 Grand Valley State Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th)
2
3 Adams State Central RMAC Damon Martin (24th)
5
4 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
7
5 Chico State West CCAA Gary Towne (16th)
4
6 Ferris State Midwest GLIAC Steve Picucci (4th)
3
7 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
6
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)
13
14 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
14
15 Pittsburg State South Central MIAA Russ Jewett (26th)
15
16 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (25th)
16
17 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
18
18 Southern Indiana Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (15th)
19
19 Missouri Southern South Central MIAA Patty Vavra (16th)
20
20 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Kris Horton (7th)
17
21 Metro State Central RMAC John Supsic (2nd)
NR
22 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
23
23 Truman State South Central MIAA John Cochrane (32nd)
22
24 UW-Parkside Midwest GLVC Micah VanDenend (2nd)
NR
25 Bentley East Northeast-10 Kevin Curtin (1st)
NR
Dropped Out: No. 21 Mansfield, No. 24 East Stoudsburg, No. 25 Northwest Missouri
teams ranked by Ray Hoffman, Kutztown
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)