Significant Leap by Northern Michigan Women Headlines Division II XC National Coaches’ Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 15, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome back to the national top 10, Northern Michigan women.

The No. 10 Wildcats, ranked for the first time since 2005 among the country’s 10 best NCAA Division II Cross Country teams, were the biggest gainers of the week in Wednesday’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches’ Polls.

National Coaches Poll PDFs: Top 25 Summary | Week-by-Week 2014 | Week-by-Week All-Time
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Division II XC Polls/Rankings Central

NCAA Division II National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Adams State 2)Grand Valley State 3)Chico State 4)Southern Indiana 5)Colorado Mines
Adams St. GVSU Chico St. Southern Indiana Colorado Mines
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NCAA Division II National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Grand Valley State 2)Adams State 3)Minnesota Duluth 4)Western State 5)Chico State
GVSU Adams St. Minnesota Duluth Western St. Chico St.
View Complete Women’s National Coaches Poll

A nine-spot improvement into a tie at No. 10 with UC-Colorado Springs following a win at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational – five finishers in the top 20 to take down former top-10 Wayne State (Mich.) – gave NMU this week’s headlining move in a pair of polls shaken up in their second halves.

The top 10 men’s teams – aside from Augustana (S.D.) moving up one spot into a tie at No. 8 with Lock Haven – remained the same, as did the women’s top-10 with the exception of Northern Michigan.

Another beneficiary of that UW-Parkside meet was Saginaw Valley State, whose women finished runner-up and made the polls’ second-farthest jump to move five spots up to No. 24. Lucian Rosa also produced the polls’ farthest fall, as the aforementioned Wayne State dropped 11 spots from a tie for No. 10 to a tie for No. 21 with Edinboro.

On the men’s side, No. 11 Sioux Falls moved up three spots into its best national poll position since the beginning of the USTFCCCA archives in 2000. Also up three spots were the men of No. 15 West Texas A&M.

Taking the biggest fall were the UW-Parkside men, who dropped seven spots to No. 23 following a runner-up showing at its own home meet.

In the women’s poll for the first time this season are the Alaska Anchorage women at No. 20 after a strong fourth-place finish at Western Washington this weekend, 17 points behind runner-up No. 8 Simon Fraser, 90-107.

Also rejoining the top 25 were the Franklin Pierce men at No. 20 following top DII honors at the New England (NEICAAA) Championships.

Look for the potential to have the top half shaken up this coming weekend with intriguing match-ups at Fort Hays State and UW-Oshkosh.

Fort Hays State will pit two-time defending champ No.1 Adams State, No. 5 Colorado Mines and No. 6 Western State against one another in the men’s race and No. 2 Adams State, No. 4 Western State, No. 10 UC-Colorado Springs and No. 17 Metro State in the women’s.

UW-Oshkosh will see two-time defending women’s champ No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, and No. 7 Augustana (S.D.), with the men’s race featuring No. 2 GVSU and No. 8 Augustana.

The Division II National Championships will be held Saturday, December 6, in Louisville, Kentucky.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #4 — October 15

next release: October 22
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Adams State (8) 200 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (20th)
1
2 Grand Valley State 191 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th)
2
3 Chico State 185 West CCAA Gary Towne (19th)
3
4 Southern Indiana 173 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (17th)
4
5 Colorado Mines 168 South Central RMAC Chris Siemers (3rd)
5
6 Western State 159 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (8th)
6
7 Alaska Anchorage 156 West GNAC Michael Friess (25th)
7
8 Augustana (S.D.) 138 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th)
9
8 Lock Haven 138 Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (17th)
8
10 Mount Olive 118 Southeast Conf. Carolinas Matt Van Lierop (6th)
10
11 Sioux Falls 107 Central NSIC Grant Watley (3rd)
14
12 Hillsdale 106 Midwest GLIAC Andrew Towne (1st)
13
13 American International 103 East Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (9th)
11
14 UC San Diego 102 West CCAA Nate Garcia (8th)
12
15 West Texas A&M 86 South Central Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th)
18
16 Missouri Southern 83 Central MIAA Bryan Schiding (2nd)
15
17 Shippensburg 70 Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (17th)
17
18 Malone 68 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (48th)
19
19 Ashland 45 Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (5th)
20
20 Franklin Pierce 44 East Northeast-10 Zach Emerson (3rd)
RV
21 Edinboro 43 Atlantic PSAC Rick Hammer (2nd)
21
22 Cal Poly Pomona 42 West CCAA Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (3rd)
21
23 UW-Parkside 19 Midwest GLVC Micah VanDenend (5th)
16
24 Stonehill 16 East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (17th)
23
25 Lewis 11 Midwest GLVC James Kearney (1st)
24
Also Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa 9, Cal Baptist 6, Central Missouri 5, Florida Southern 3, Simon Fraser 3, Ferris State 2, Slippery Rock 1
Dropped Out: No. 25 Western Washington
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #4 — October 15

next release: October 22
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Grand Valley State (8) 200 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th)
1
2 Adams State 192 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (27th)
2
3 Minnesota Duluth 182 Central NSIC Joanna Warmington (4th)
3
4 Western State 177 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (8th)
4
5 Chico State 166 West CCAA Gary Towne (19th)
5
6 Hillsdale 161 Midwest GLIAC Andrew Towne (4th)
6
7 Augustana (S.D.) 151 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th)
7
8 Simon Fraser 147 West GNAC Brit Townsend (15th)
8
9 UC San Diego 129 West CCAA Nate Garcia (8th)
9
10 Northern Michigan 120 Midwest GLIAC Jenny Ryan (8th)
19
10 UC-Colorado Springs 120 South Central RMAC David Harmer (3rd)
10
12 Southern Indiana 106 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (18th)
12
12 Missouri Southern 106 Central MIAA Patty Vavra (21st)
13
14 Midwestern State 91 South Central Lone Star Koby Styles (8th)
14
15 Cal Baptist 88 West PacWest Ben Gall (3rd)
15
16 Malone 77 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (24th)
16
17 Metro State 66 South Central RMAC Nick Maas (2nd)
18
17 Roberts Wesleyan 66 East East Coast Andrew & Jen Dorr (4th)
17
19 Saginaw Valley State 43 Midwest GLIAC Rod Cowan (5th)
24
20 Alaska Anchorage 41 West GNAC Michael Friess (25th)
NR
21 Edinboro 40 Atlantic PSAC Rick Hammer (2nd)
20
21 Wayne State (Mich.) 40 Midwest GLIAC Rick Cummins (18th)
10
23 Winona State 30 Central NSIC Brett Ayers (2nd)
21
24 Stonehill 25 East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (17th)
22
25 Lewis 12 Midwest GLVC James Kearney (1st)
25
Also Receiving Votes: Shippensburg 8, U-Mary 6, Central Washington 4, Montevallo 2, Western Washington 2, West Texas A&M 1, Tampa 1
Dropped Out: No. 23 Western Washington
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)