Final Regular-Season Division II XC Regional Rankings Include a New No. 1

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 28, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – The regular-season portion of the NCAA Division II Cross Country schedule is all but wrapped up, with most teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Team Rankings released Tuesday having just their conference meets between now and the all-important November 22 regionals.

With the end of the regular season came a new men’s regional No. 1 in Saint Leo, three women’s teams that have moved up into automatic-qualifying territory and three more squads that are right on the cusp of their regions’ projected qualifiers to NCAAs on December 6 in Louisville, Kentucky.

One last set of regional rankings will be released on November 11 prior to the regional championships.

Regional Rankings Summary PDF | Week-by-Week (also All-Time) | DII XC Rankings Central
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A third-place showing at the USC Beaufort Sand Shark Invitational bumped Saint Leo up three spots to No. 1 in the South. Displaced by the Lions were Florida Southern and Alabama-Huntsville, though both remained in position to earn one of the region’s three auto bids to NCAAs. Moving up onto the bubble at No. 4, however, was West Florida with a third-place finish at Valdosta State.

While the men’s South Region didn’t project any new auto-qualifying teams, that was not the case in the women’s Midwest, Southeast and West regions.

In the Midwest, Malone moved up one spot to No. 4 (the region will take four teams to Louisville) in a swap with Southern Indiana. The Pioneers edged out the Screaming Eagles in a head-to-head battle at USI’s Midwest Regional Preview, as Malone was runner-up with 51 points and Southern Indiana was third with 66. Region No. 2 Hillsdale won with 36 points behind National Athlete of the Week Emily Oren.

Though already projected in auto-qualifying position, the Malone men moved up to No. 3 in the Midwest as they came just four points shy of upending a slightly short-handed regional No. 2 Southern Indiana (No. 5 nationally) at the Midwest Regional Preview, 33-36. In the process, the Pioneers defeated former regional No. 3 Hillsdale by nearly 50 points.

Also as the result of a head-to-head battle, the Western Washington women moved back into auto-qualifying territory in the West Region after beating Central Washington without top runner Katelyn Steen. The Vikings moved up to No. 6, while Central Washington fell onto the bubble at No. 7.

In the women’s Southeast, North Georgia was third at USC Beaufort to move into position for the region’s third and final auto bid. Should the Nighthawks make this projection a reality in a month’s time, it would be their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division II XC Championships. (The school was a member of the NAIA prior to the 2005-06 season).

Also moving up onto the bubble were men’s Southeast No. 4 UNC Pembroke and women’s Atlantic No. 4 Seton Hill. A team appearance at  NCAAs for UNCP would be its first a two-year span in 1980 and 1981 that included a national runner-up showing in ’80, while Seton Hill would qualify as a team for the first time.

New to this week’s men’s rankings were Pittsburg State (Central); Southern New Hampshire (East); Saint Josephs (Ind.) (Midwest); Morehouse and Union (Tenn.) (South); and SF State (West).

Joining the women’s rankings were Kutztown (Atlantic); Le Moyne (East); Shorter (South); Eastern New Mexico (South Central); Anderson (S.C.) (Southeast); and Cal Poly Pomona (West).

Regionals will be held around the country on November 22. 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 #6 — October 28

national rankings release: October 22
next regional release: November 11
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
5
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
4
6 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
7
8 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
8
9 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
10
10 West Chester West Chester, 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 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
3 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
4
5 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
5
6 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
6
7 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
7
8 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
9
9 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
10
10 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
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
4
5 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
6
6 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
7 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
8 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
NR
9 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
7
10 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
8
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 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
4
4 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
3
5 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
6
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
8
9 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
9
10 Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) Rensselaer, Ind. GLVC
NR
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 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
3
2 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
1
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
2
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
7
5 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
4
6 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
5
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
6
8 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
NR
9 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
9
10 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
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 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
3
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
4
5 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
5
6 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
6
7 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
9
9 Texas A&M-Commerce Commerce, Texas Lone Star
8
10 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
10
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
2
3 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
3
4 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
5
5 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
4
6 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
6
7 Armstrong State Savannah, Ga. Peach Belt
9
8 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
9 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
8
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
10
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
3
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
5
6 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
6
7 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
8 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
9
9 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
10
10 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
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 Week #6 — October 28

national rankings release: October 22
next regional release: November 11
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
6
5 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
4
6 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
10
7 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
8 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 California (Pa.) California, 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 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
4
5 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
5
6 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
6
7 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
7
8 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
8
9 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
9
10 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, 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 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
3
4 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
4
5 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
5
6 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
7
7 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
6
8 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
9
9 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
10
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 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
3
4 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
5 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
4
6 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
7
7 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
6
8 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
8
9 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
9
10 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. 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 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
2
3 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
3
4 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
4
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
6
7 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
NR
8 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
9 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
8
10 West Georgia Carrollton, 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
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 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
4
5 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
5
6 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
7 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
8
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
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
1
2 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
2
3 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
4
4 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
3
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
10
6 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
NR
7 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
5
8 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
6
9 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
7
10 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
8
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
2
3 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
3
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
5
6 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
7 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
6
8 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
8
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
10 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage