Preseason Division II Regional Team Rankings Announced

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 2, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Could 2014 be a year for a "changing of the guard" at the regional level in Division II cross country? Depends whether you’re looking at the men’s  or women’s Regional Team Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Three of the eight regions in the men’s rankings were topped by teams that finished third or lower in their respective regions a year ago, while just one region on the women’s side – the West Region – was absent a champion from its No. 1 spot.

American International‘s men finished fourth in the East Region last year but are projected as the early-season favorites behind last year’s fourth-place national finisher Michael Biwott, while the Shippensburg and Saint Leo men were tabbed preseason Nos. 1 in the Atlantic and South regions, respectively, following third-place finishes a year ago.

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In those three men’s regions, the reigning regional team champs were ranked no lower than third – the minimum threshold for teams that qualify to the NCAA Division II Championships from each region – but the Alaska Anchorage women find themselves in a much more precarious situation.

The Seawolves are without their top four runners from their 2013 squad, and are consequently ranked No. 7 in the West, which is headed by last year’s regional runner-up Chico State. Going in the opposite direction was Cal Baptist, which moved up eight spots from its ninth-place 2013 showing to No. 2 in the preseason.

Such changes at the top were lacking in the other regions, particularly in the South Central and Midwest regions, homes to the reigning men’s and women’s national champions, respectively.

The Adams State men, winners of five of the past six national cross country team crowns, will begin 2014 at No. 1 in its region, while the Grand Valley State women, themselves champions in three of the past four years, open up their campaign atop the Midwest.

Adams State‘s women and Grand Valley State‘s men — both national runners-up a year ago — also claimed the No. 1 spots in those regions.

Rounding out the top-ranked men’s teams by region were Augustana (S.D.) (Central Region), Mount Olive (Southeast Region) and Chico State (West Region).

By women’s region, Edinboro (Atlantic Region), Minnesota Duluth (Central Region), Stonehill (East Region), Tampa (South Region) and Wingate (Southeast Region) all came in at No. 1 for their respection segments of the nation as reigning regional champions.

The preseason National Coaches Polls will be released Wednesday.

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Preseason — September 2

national rankings release: September 3
next regional release: September 23
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
2 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
1
3 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
2
4 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
5 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
8
6 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
7
8 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
4
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
10
10 Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. PSAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro, 2011: Edinboro, 2010: Lock Haven, 2009: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
3
3 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
5
4 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
6
5 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
4
6 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
8
7 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
13
8 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
2
9 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
7
10 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Augustana (S.D.), 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Adams State, 2010: Adams State, 2009: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
4
2 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
2
3 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
4 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
3
5 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
NR
6 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
5
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
8 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
9
9 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
10
10 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
6
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International, 2011: UMass Lowell, 2010: UMass Lowell, 2009: UMass Lowell
       
         
MIDWEST Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
3
4 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
4
5 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
6
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
8
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
10 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Grand Valley State, 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
2013 FINAL
1 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
3
2 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
NR
3 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
1
4 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
6 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
12
7 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
7
8 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
6
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
8
10 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern, 2011: Alabama-Huntsville, 2010: Harding, 2009: Harding
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
3
4 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
4
5 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
5
6 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
8
7 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
6
8 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
9
9 Cameron Lawton, Okla. Lone Star
13
10 Texas A&M-Commerce Commerce, Texas Lone Star
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Eastern New Mexico, 2010: Central Missouri, 2009: Missouri Southern
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
2
3 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
4
4 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
5
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
6
6 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
3
7 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
7
8 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
8
9 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
9
10 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.), 2009: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
4
4 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
6
5 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
6 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
7 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
10
8 Montana St.-Billings Billings, Mont. GNAC
9
9 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
8
10 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Chico State, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Chico State

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Preseason — September 2

national rankings release: September 3
next regional release: September 23
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
3 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
4
4 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
5
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
7
6 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
9
7 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannan, W.Va. Mountain East
10
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
12
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
8
10 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
2
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg, 2011: Shippensburg, 2010: Shippensburg, 2009: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
1
2 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
3
3 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
4
4 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
12
5 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
5
6 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
10
7 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
2
8 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
6
9 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
8
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Western State, 2010: Adams State, 2009: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
NR
3 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
3
4 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
4
5 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
6 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
6
7 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
5
8 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
13
9 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
10 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
2
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill, 2011: Stonehill, 2010: Stonehill, 2009: Stonehill
       
         
MIDWEST Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
3
3 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
2
4 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
4
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
7
6 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
5
7 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
10
8 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
8
9 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
9
10 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Grand Valley State, 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
2013 FINAL
1 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
2
3 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
5
4 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
5 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
3
6 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
6
7 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
7
8 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
4
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
8
10 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa, 2011: Tampa, 2010: Tampa, 2009: Tampa
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
4
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
3
5 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
5
6 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
7
7 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
10
8 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
12
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
10 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
6
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Midwestern State, 2010: Pittsburg State, 2009: Missouri Southern
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
1
2 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
2
3 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
3
4 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
8
5 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
7
6 Clayton State Morrow, Ga. Peach Belt
4
7 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
5
8 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
9
9 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
6
10 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.), 2009: Columbus State
       
         
WEST Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
2
2 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
9
3 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
4
4 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
3
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
6 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
11
7 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
1
8 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
NR
9 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
12
10 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage