Preseason Regional Rankings for NCAA Division II Cross Country Revealed

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

August 27, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - Preseason regional rankings for the Division II cross country season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in advance of the official beginning of the season on September 5.

Many of the regional champions from the 2012 season have been selected as the preseason favorites to reclaim their regional titles from a year ago. Six of the eight men’s regional champion teams and all eight of the women’s champions start out the 2013 campaign on top of their region rankings.

The preseason National Coaches Polls will be announced Wednesday, with the official opening date of the Division II cross country season little more than a week later on Thursday, September 5.

Regional Preseason Rankings PDF | Division II XC Rankings Central

Headlining the men’s preseason region favorites is defending NCAA DII and South Central Region champion Adams State, which gets the nod in the region over 2011 NCAA champ Western State and 2012 national runner-up Colorado Mines, in that order.

Chico State is on top of the West Region to start the season after claiming the regional crown and finishing fifth at NCAAs. The West is another region that will be hotly contested in 2013, as Alaska Anchorage was third at NCAAs a year ago.

The other regional champions that return as preseason favorites are Edinboro (Atlantic Region), Augustana (S.D.) (Central); American International (East); and Grand Valley State (Midwest).

Two teams who recorded runners-up finishes in their respective regions a year ago replaced the defending champions atop the preseason rankings: Alabama-Huntsville (South Region) and Mount Olive (Southeast).

The women’s rankings even more closely reflect the 2012 regional results with the champions from all eight regions beginning 2013 as preseason favorites.

Defending NCAA DII Champion Grand Valley State is on top of the Great Lakes Region, while 2012 national runner-up and 2011 national champ Augustana (S.D.) starts atop the Central Region.

Adams State beat out Western State at both the South Central and NCAA Championships (ASU’s third to WSC’s fourth), and again finds itself ahead of its RMAC rivals in the preseason South Central rankings to start 2013.

Fifth-place national finisher Chico State will kick off 2013 atop the West Region.

Shippensburg (Atlantic Region), Tampa (South), Stonehill (East) and Columbus State (Southeast) round out the preseason regional favorites.

NCAA Division II Regional Championships will be held November 9 & 10..

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by either a single member coach or by polling the region’s coaches (each region varies).

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Preseason — August 27

national rankings release: August 28
next regional release: September 17
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
4
4 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
5
5 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
8
6 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
7
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
8 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
9 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
6
10 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Edinboro, 2011: Edinboro, 2010: Lock Haven, 2009: Shippensburg, 2008: Lock Haven
       
         
CENTRAL Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
2
3 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
4
4 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
3
5 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
5
6 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
6
7 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
8
8 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
9
9 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
7
10 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Adams State, 2010: Adams State, 2009: Adams State, 2008: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
3
3 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
6
4 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
15
5 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
7
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
10
7 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
8 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
11
9 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
5
10 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
14
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: American International, 2011: UMass Lowell, 2010: UMass Lowell, 2009: UMass Lowell
       
         
MIDWEST Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
4
3 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
2
4 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
4
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
NR
6 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
3
7 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
6
8 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
9 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
9
10 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
8
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State, 2010: Grand Valley State, 2009: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
2
2 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
6
3 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
1
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
5 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
4
6 Tampa Tampa, Florida Sunshine
7
7 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
3
8 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
8
9 Christian Brothers Memphis, Tenn. Gulf South
9
10 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
12
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Nova Southeastern, 2011: Alabama-Huntsville, 2010: Harding, 2009: Harding
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
3
4 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
4
5 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
6
6 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
5
7 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
7
8 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
8
9 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
13
10 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
9
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Adams State, 2011: Eastern New Mexico, 2010: Central Missouri, 2009: Missouri Southern
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
2
2 King College Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
3
3 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
1
4 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
NR
5 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
4
6 Georgia Regents Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
5
7 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
7
8 Belmont Abbey Belmont, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
8
9 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
9
10 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
11
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.), 2009: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
3
4 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
5
5 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
NR
6 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
4
7 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
6
8 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
10
9 Western Oregon Monmouth, Ore. GNAC
8
10 Montana St.-Billings Billings, Mont. GNAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Chico State

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Preseason — August 27

national rankings release: August 28
next regional release: September 17
         
ATLANTIC Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
10
3 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
2
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
8
6 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
4
8 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
6
9 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
13
10 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Shippensburg, 2011: Shippensburg, 2010: Shippensburg, 2009: Shippensburg, 2008: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
8
4 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
6
5 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
4
6 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
7
7 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
5
8 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
3
9 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
13
10 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Western State, 2010: Adams State, 2009: Adams State, 2008: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
2
3 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
5
4 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
3
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
7
6 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
8
7 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
4
8 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
9
9 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
11
10 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
12
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Stonehill, 2011: Stonehill, 2010: Stonehill, 2009: Stonehill
       
         
MIDWEST Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
6
3 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
3
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
4
5 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
2
6 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
9
7 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
8
8 Northwood (Mich.) Midland, Mich. GLIAC
7
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
10
10 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
5
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State, 2010: Grand Valley State, 2009: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Tampa Tampa, Florida Sunshine
1
2 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
3
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
4 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
8
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
2
6 Palm Beach Atlantic West Palm Beach, Fla. Independent (DII)
6
7 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
7
8 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
13
9 Delta State Cleveland, Miss. Gulf South
5
10 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
9
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Tampa, 2011: Tampa, 2010: Tampa, 2009: Tampa
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
3
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
5
5 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
7
6 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
12
7 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
10
8 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
9
9 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
4
10 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
8
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Adams State, 2011: Midwestern State, 2010: Pittsburg State, 2009: Missouri Southern
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
1
2 King College Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
4
3 Clayton State Morrow, Ga. Peach Belt
2
4 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
5
5 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
3
6 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
8
7 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
7
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
10
9 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
6
10 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
14
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.), 2009: Columbus State
       
         
WEST Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
6
4 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
3
5 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
4
6 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
7 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
5
8 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
9
9 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
10
10 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
8
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage