South Central Region Among Those Shuffled in Week Three Division II XC Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 7, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Of the 16 regions in NCAA Division II cross country (eight for men, eight for women) exactly half of them underwent changes among their top three teams in the week three edition of the Regional Team Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The moves with the biggest implications for Wednesday’s National Coaches’ Polls came from the South Central Region for both the men and women. Colorado Mines‘ men (No. 5 nationally) moved into the region’s second spot behind two-time defending national champion Adams State following a victory over RMAC rival Western State (No. 3 nationally) at the Colorado Rocky Mountain Shootout, 56-63.

Western State, which was running without former National Athlete of the Week Kiefer Johnson, slid to third in the South Central Region – still projected well within the six-team contingent the region will send to NCAAs on December 6 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Also of note, the Colorado Mesa men jumped from unranked in the men’s South Central – arguably the country’s toughest region – to No. 5 with a strong win at Metro State.

The women’s South Central was also shaken up as UC-Colorado Springs (No. 18 nationally) took down Metro State (No. 5 nationally) at Metro State’s Roadrunner Invitational. The Roadrunners finished third behild UCCS and Midwestern State (No. 15 nationally), 60-65-75. UCCS moved up to third in the region with the win, while Midwestern State remained fourth and Metro State dropped two spots to fifth.

In the Central Region, Winona State (No. 11 nationally) turned in a disappointing showing at the Greater Louisville Classic to drop a spot to fourth in the region – right on the edge of the region’s four bids to NCAAs. The Warriors finished 27th of 33 teams in the competitive Gold race and sixth among DII squads.

Missouri Southern (No. 14 nationally) took over the region’s third spot with a dominant win in the non-Division I competition at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival.

One of the teams that beat Winona State in Louisville was Division II newcomer Roberts Wesleyan (receiving votes nationally), which was rewarded as this week’s lone new No. 1 team. The Redhawks – now in their first year as a full Division II member after transitioning from the NAIA – finished 20th overall and fourth among DII squads.

The men’s Central Region saw Sioux Falls (No. 18 nationally) displace Missouri Southern (No. 15 nationally) as the No. 2 team based on head-to-head results at Arkansas, while its Paul Short performance pushed Stonehill ahead of Franklin Pierce (No. 23 nationally) in the East Region.

Union (Tenn.) replaced Saint Leo as the third-ranked team in the women’s South Region with a strong 14th-place performance in the Blue race at Louisville.

Making the biggest moves of the week were the Philadelphia women in the East and the Queens (N.C.) men in the Southeast, both up six spots from a week ago. Philadelphia finished sixth of 35 in the White race at Paul Short to move up to No. 3 in the East, while Queens was 20th of 42 in the Blue race at Louisville to move to fourth in the Southeast. Both regions will qualify three teams to NCAAs.

New to this week’s men’s rankings were West Virginia Wesleyan (Atlantic), Lewis (Midwest), West Georgia (South), and Colorado Mesa (South Central).

Added to the women’s rankings this week were California (Pa.) and Indiana (Pa.) (Atlantic); Fort Hays State (Central); Delta State (South); and Chadron State (South Central).

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 #3 — October 7

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

national rankings release: October 8
next regional release: October 14
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
4 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
5
6 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
7
7 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
9
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
8
9 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
NR
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
4
4 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
3
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
NR
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
2
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
3 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
9
4 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
3
5 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
8
6 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
10
7 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
7
8 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
4
9 Saint Anselm Goffstown, N.H. Northeast-10
5
10 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
6
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
3
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
4
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
6
7 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
7
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
3
3 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
4 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
6
5 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
4
6 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
9
7 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
5
8 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
7
9 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
10
10 Delta State Cleveland, Miss. Gulf South
NR
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
5
4 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
4
5 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
3
6 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
7 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
9
8 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
7
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
8
10 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
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 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
2
3 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
3
4 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
4
5 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
6
6 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
9
7 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
5
8 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
8
9 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
10
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
7
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 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
6 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
6
7 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
7
8 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
8
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
10 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage