Three New Regional No. 1 Teams for NCAA Division II Cross Country

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 23, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With three weeks of competition in the books since the preseason, three new teams sit atop their respective regions in the first regular-season edition of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional Team Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The men of Lock Haven and Florida Southern rose to the top of the Atlantic and South regions, respectively, while the lone new women’s No. 1 was Montevallo in the Southeast.

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Lock Haven (ranked No. 12 nationally) performed well against Atlantic preseason favorite Shippensburg (No. 9 nationally) at the Dickinson Long/Short Invitational to take the top spot from the Raiders. Shippensburg dropped to No. 2.

A strong runner-up showing among non-Division I schools at the Florida Mountain Dew Invitational boosted Florida Southern up two spots in the South, while a fourth-place showing by Tampa launched it up five spots.

Preseason region favorite Saint Leo finished fifth and fell three spots to No. 4. Though the season is still quite young, but as it currently stands Saint Leo is on the outside looking in; the region will only qualify three teams to the NCAA Championships.

Montevallo‘s women won the GRU Augusta Invitational in dominant fashion to jump three spots to the pinnacle of the Southeast Region. North Georgia, the runner-up at GRU Augusta, likewise leapt three spots to the region’s No. 2 spot. Preseason favorite Wingate dropped to No. 3.

Other teams making moves toward the top? The men of Mars Hill (Southeast) and the women of Shippensburg (Atlantic), Saint Leo (South) and Simon Fraser (West) all moved to the No. 2 positions in their respective regions.

The biggest jumps in the rankings came from the aforementioned Tampa and UW-Parkside men (up five to No. 4 in the Midwest) and the women of Assumption (up five to No. 3 in the East) and Wayne State (Mich.) (up six to No. 3 in the Midwest).

Eighteen new teams joined the region rankings, with the West Alabama women joining in with the highest rank at No. 5 in the South Region. The Bentley (East) and Shorter (South) men both debuted at No. 6.

The National Coaches Polls will be released Wednesday. Regionals will be held around the country on November 22 and 23. More information can be found on the USTFCCCA’s Regional Championships Central.

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 Week #1 — September 23

national rankings release: September 24
next regional release: September 30
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
2
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
3 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
4 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
6
6 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
8
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
7
8 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
5
9 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 Kutztown Kutztown, 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
Last Week
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
2
3 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
3
4 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
7
5 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
8
6 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
4
7 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
5
8 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
6
9 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
9
10 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
NR
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
Last Week
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
2
3 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
3
4 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
5
5 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
8
6 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
NR
7 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
6
8 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
9 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
4
10 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
9
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
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
5
4 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
5 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
8
6 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
6
7 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
4
8 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
NR
9 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
3
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
Last Week
1 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
3
2 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
7
3 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
2
4 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
6 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
NR
7 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
8 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
8
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
9
10 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
10
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
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
5
5 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
6
6 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
7
7 Cameron Lawton, Okla. Lone Star
9
8 Texas A&M-Commerce Commerce, Texas Lone Star
10
9 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
NR
10 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
NR
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
Last Week
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
3
3 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
4
4 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
2
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
6 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
6
7 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
7
8 Armstrong Atlantic State Savannah, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
9 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
8
10 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
9
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
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
4
4 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
3
5 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
6
6 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
7 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
7
8 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
10
9 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
9
10 Montana St.-Billings Billings, Mont. GNAC
8
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 Week #1 — September 23

national rankings release: September 24
next regional release: September 30
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
3 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
6
4 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
4
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
NR
7 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
8
8 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
NR
9 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
10
10 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
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
Last Week
1 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
1
2 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
3 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
3
4 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
4
5 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
5
6 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
9
7 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
7
8 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
6
9 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
8
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
10
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
Last Week
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
2
3 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
8
4 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
4
5 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
3
6 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
NR
7 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
7
8 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
NR
9 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
6
10 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
NR
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
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
2
3 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
9
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
8
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
4
7 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
3
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
7
9 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
10
10 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
6
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
Last Week
1 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
3
3 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
4
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
8
5 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
NR
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
2
7 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
10
8 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
6
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
9
10 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
5
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
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
3
4 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
7
5 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
5
6 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
6
7 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
4
8 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
9 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
NR
10 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
NR
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
Last Week
1 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
4
2 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
5
3 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
1
4 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
2
5 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
3
6 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
8
7 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
8 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
7
9 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
9
10 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
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
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
4
3 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
2
4 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
6
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
6 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
10
7 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
3
8 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
7
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
8
10 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage