Four Regions Have New Top-Ranked Teams in Newest Division II Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 15, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – With regional championships drawing ever nearer — less than a month away — teams continue jockeying for position within Tuesday’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Regional Rankings, including four new No. 1 teams.

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Franklin Pierce (East Region) and Florida Southern (South) are now atop their respective regions in the men’s rankings, while the women’s rankings featured new No. 1s in Tampa back on top of the South and Wingate (Southeast).

Franklin Pierce — the first team outside of the National Coaches Poll a week ago — is now atop the East following head-to-head wins over regional rivals American International (No. 25 nationally) and former top-ranked Stonehill (No. 23) at the NEICAAA New England Championships: the Ravens finished 12th as a team, AIC 18th and Stonehill 19th.

The Ravens moved up one spot from No. 2 last week, while American International also moved up one from No. 3 to No. 2 behind three-time National Athlete of the Week Mike Biwott. Finishing third among these three teams translated to a tumble to No. 3 in the region for Stonehill after occupying the region’s top spot entering the weekend.

Tampa’s women’s team is in a similar spot to the Franklin Pierce men: the first team outside the National Coaches Poll last week and now the top team in their region, the South. The difference is that Tampa had been the region’s top squad for the first four 2013 editions of the regional rankings before falling to No. 2 behind Alabama-Huntsville (No. 22 nationally) last week.

The Spartans were the top Non-Division I program at the Florida State Invitational, beating out Alabama-Huntsville head-to-head, 40-63. As a result, Tampa climbed back into the top spot in the region, displacing Alabama-Huntsville to No. 2.

Florida State was also the impetus of a shake-up in the men’s South Region, as the region’s top seven teams this week were all in action in Tallahassee. Florida Southern emerged as the top non-Division I team at FSU and consequently is the new No. 1 in the region, up two spots from last week.

Former No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville was the second non-DI team at FSU, just nine points behind Florida Southern, 70-79. The Chargers dropped one spot to No. 2 to mirror that result. Saint Leo was the big gainer in the region, up six spots to No. 3.

Rounding out the new No. 1 teams are the Wingate women atop the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs were the top non-Division I program at the Queens Royal Challenge, posting a team score of 43 to runner-up Savannah Art & Design’s 120. The move to No. 1 displaced Columbus State to No. 2 in the region.

Elsewhere in the rankings:

  • Simon Fraser’s women (No. 7 nationally) moved ahead of Chico State (No. 6) in the West Region.
  • Shippensburg’s women (No. 18 nationally) moved up one spot in the Atlantic Region for the second consecutive weekend, this time to No. 2. The Raiders were preseason favorites in the region.
  • Bentley’s women moved up four spots to No. 2 in the East Region following a strong showing at the New England Championships.

NCAA Division II Regional Championships will be held November 9 & 10, and more information about host sites and dates for specific meets can be found at Regional Championships Central.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Week #5 — October 15

national rankings release: October 16
next regional release: October 29 (next week off)
         
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 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
4
5 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
6 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
7 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
7
8 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
10 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
10
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 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
4
5 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
5
6 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
7
7 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
8
8 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
6
9 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
10
10 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
9
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 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
2
2 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
3
3 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
4 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
4
5 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
5
6 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
7
7 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
6
8 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
9 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
10 Molloy Rockville Centre, N.Y. East Coast
10
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
2
3 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
3
4 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
4
5 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
5
6 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
6
7 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
9
8 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
9 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
8
10 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
NR
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 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
3
2 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
1
3 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
9
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
2
5 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
4
6 Tampa Tampa, Florida Sunshine
5
7 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
7
8 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
6
9 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
8
10 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
10
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 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
4
5 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
5
6 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
6
7 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Cameron Lawton, Okla. Lone Star
8
9 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
9
10 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
10
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
1
2 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
2
3 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
4
4 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
3
5 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
5
6 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
6
7 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
8 Clayton State Morrow, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
9 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
NR
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
7
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 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
4
4 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
5 Montana St.-Billings Billings, Mont. GNAC
5
6 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
3
7 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
6
8 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
8
9 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
10
10 Western Oregon Monmouth, Ore. GNAC
NR
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 Week #5 — October 15

national rankings release: October 16
next regional release: October 29 (next week off)
         
ATLANTIC Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
3 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
2
4 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
6
5 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
4
6 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
5
7 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
7
8 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
8
9 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
9
10 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
10
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 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
3
4 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
4
5 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
5
6 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
6
7 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
7
8 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
8
9 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
9
10 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
NR
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 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
6
3 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
2
4 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
5
5 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
6 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
4
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
8 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
3
9 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
9
10 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
10
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 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
3
4 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
4
5 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
NR
6 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
5
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
9 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
6
10 Northwood (Mich.) Midland, 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 Tampa Tampa, Florida Sunshine
2
2 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
1
3 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
3
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
4
5 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
5
6 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
9
7 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
7
8 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
6
9 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
8
10 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
10
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 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
3
4 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
4
5 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
5
6 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
7 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
7
8 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
8
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
10 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
10
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 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
2
2 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
1
3 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
4
4 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
8
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
3
6 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
5
7 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
10
8 Clayton State Morrow, Ga. Peach Belt
6
9 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
10 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
NR
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 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
1
2 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
3
3 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
2
4 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
4
5 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
5
6 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
7 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
6
8 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
NR
9 Cal State San Bernardino San Bernardino, Calif. CCAA
10
10 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
8
Regional Championship History — Champions:
2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage