New Teams Rise Near the Top of the Division II Cross Country Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 14, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – No new No. 1 teams this week in the NCAA Division II cross country Regional Team Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but there were some big moves into (and out of) automatic qualifying territory.

Three men’s and three women’s regions saw new teams move into automatic qualifying position for the NCAA Division II Championships (December 6 in Louisville, Kentucky), while several national top-25 teams fell back to make room. All of this sets up the potential for a lot of movement in Wednesday’s National Coaches’ Polls.

Regional Rankings Summary PDF | Week-by-Week (also All-Time) | DII XC Rankings Central
QUICK LINKS: Men’s Regions | Women’s Regions

The Northern Michigan women (No. 19 nationally) made the most significant leap, jumping up three spots to No. 3 in the Midwest – a region that will send four teams to NCAAs – following a dominant win at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rose Invitational.

Among those teams the Wildcats defeated? Runner-up Saginaw Valley State (No. 24), which moved up a spot to sixth in the region, and Wayne State (Mich.) (t-No. 10), which dropped four spots to No. 7.

Similarly tumultuous was the men’s Midwest Region. Malone (No. 19 nationally) dominated at the Disney Classic to move up a spot to No. 4 (the final auto position) as did idle Ashland (No. 20) to No. 5. Making room for the duo was UW-Parkside (No. 16), which dropped two positions to No. 6 following a runner-up showing to Canadian University of Windsor at its own home meet.

In the men’s West Region, Western Washington (No. 25 nationally) fell to No. 7 – just on the outside of the region’s six automatic bids – after a disappointing showing at its home meet, while Simon Fraser slid into that all-important sixth spot with a strong run at Western Washington.

That meet also shook up the final auto-qualifying spots in the women’s West Region, where Alaska Anchorage moved to No. 5 (the region qualifies six teams) and host Western Washington (No. 23 nationally) dropped to No. 7.

The St. Thomas Aquinas women climbed up three spots to No. 3 in the East Region – on the right side of the bubble in a region that will send three teams to nationals. The Spartans won the Jack Saint Clair Memorial XC Championship over host Philadelphia U, 52-67. Consequently, Philadelphia dropped a spot to No. 4 in the region.

In the South Region, the Alabama-Huntsville men stepped up three positions to No. 2 following a runner-up showing to regional No. 1 Florida Southern at the Florida State Invitational. The Chargers finished ahead of Saint Leo as both teams moved into the region’s top three (Saint Leo moved up one spot to No. 3). Tampa and West Alabama both dropped two spots.

Swapping spots within the men’s East Region’s automatic qualifying territory were Franklin Pierce (up one spot to No. 2) and national No. 23 Stonehill (down one spot to No. 3) following the results at the New England (NEICAAA) Championships.

Several teams also moved up to right onto their region’s bubbles. The Slippery Rock men stepped up to No. 4 in the Atlantic Region, as did the women of Lock Haven in the Atlantic and Queens (N.C.) in the Southeast.

New to the men’s regional rankings this week were West Chester (Atlantic); Tarleton State (South Central); and Montevallo (Southeast). Joining the women’s region rankings were Merrimack (East) and Cal State Stanislaus (West).

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 #4 — October 14

national rankings release: October 15
next regional release: October 21
         
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 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
6
5 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
5
6 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
4
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
8
8 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
9
9 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
7
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 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
5
6 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
6
7 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
7
8 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
8
9 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
9
10 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
10
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
3
3 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
4 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
4
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
7
7 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
6
8 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
10
9 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
10 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
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 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
3
4 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
5 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
6
6 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
4
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
8
9 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
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
Last Week
1 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
5
3 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
4
4 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
2
5 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
3
6 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
6
7 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
8
8 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
7
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
10
10 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
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
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 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
6
7 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Texas A&M-Commerce Commerce, Texas Lone Star
8
9 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
NR
10 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
9
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 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
3
4 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
4
5 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
5
6 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
7 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
6
8 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
NR
9 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
10 Armstrong State Savannah, Ga. Peach Belt
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
3
4 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
4
5 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
6
6 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
7
7 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
8 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
9 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
10
10 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
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 #4 — October 14

national rankings release: October 15
next regional release: October 21
         
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 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
7
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
4
6 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
5
7 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
8
8 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
6
9 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
9
10 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
10
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 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
9
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 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
6
4 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
3
5 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
4
6 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
9
7 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
5
8 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
7
9 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
8
10 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. 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
6
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
4
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
7
7 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
3
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 Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
5
6 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
8
7 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
7
8 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
6
9 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
9
10 Delta State Cleveland, Miss. Gulf South
10
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 Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
8
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
10 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
10
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 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
2
3 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
3
4 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
5
5 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
6
6 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
7
7 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
8
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
4
9 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
9
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
10
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
7
6 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
6
7 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
8 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
8
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
10 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage