Final Division II XC Regional Team Rankings Foreshadow Dramatic Regional Championships

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 11, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Tuesday marked the final edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Cross Country Regional Team Rankings prior to regional Saturday on November 22, but based on the results of conference championships this past weekend, these lists are anything but final.

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For instance, two new women’s teams assumed the No. 1 spots in the respective regions after taking down the previous regional favorite at their conference meets: Augustana (S.D.) in the Central and Saint Leo in the South.

Their combined margin of victory? One point.

Augustana (S.D.) (No. 7 nationally) won a tiebreaker over Minnesota Duluth (No. 3 nationally) at the NSIC, while Saint Leo notched a one-point victory over Tampa (receiving votes nationally) to snap the Spartans’ seven-year reign atop the Sunshine State Conference. Saint Leo, which had been just inside the region’s bubble at No. 3, moved up two spots with the win.

Five new men’s teams moved into potential NCAA Championships qualifying territory (remember, each region only gets a set number of qualifiers based on last year’s results), as did three more women’s squads.

Nowhere is the regional picture more unsettled than in both the men’s and women’s Midwest Region – the only region in the nation with more nationally ranked teams (seven for the women and six for the men) than qualifying positions (four for both men and women).

How cutthroat is the competition in the Midwest? Take the Northern Michigan women, who entered the weekend No. 10 in the nation and third in the region but after a fourth-place finish at GLIACs now find themselves on the outside looking in at No. 5 in the region. Knocking them down in the rankings were a resurgent Wayne State (Mich.) squad up three spots to No. 3 and GLVC champ Southern Indiana at No. 4 up one position.

The Hillsdale men (No. 14 nationally) found themselves in a similar situation as Northern Michigan’s women, dropping from fourth in the region to sixth with a fourth-place finish at GLIACs. Swapping spots with the Chargers was GLVC runner-up UW-Parkside (No. 25 nationally).

Want another example? Despite finishing just one point shy of regional No. 3 Malone (No. 10 nationally) at GLIACs, Ashland (No. 20 nationally) remained No. 5 in the region and was vaulted by UW-Parkside.

Of the remaining six teams newly projected as NCAA qualifiers, all but one were slotted into their regions’ final qualifying position. That one team was the Cal Poly Pomona women, who surprised for a runner-up finish in the CCAA to move up to No. 5 in the West. (Also of note from that region, former regional No. 3 and national No. 9 UC San Diego plummeted to No. 10 in the region with a distant fourth-place effort at CCAAs).

On the men’s side in the West Region, Academy of Art went from unranked to No. 6 – an all-important sixth since the region will send six to NCAAs – with a runner-up showing at the PacWest meet. Western Washington moved up two spots to No. 5 with its runner-up GNAC showing a week ago, and Cal Poly Pomona (No. 21 nationally) moved away from the bubble with a two-spot jump to No. 3 after a runner-up CCAA effort.

The South Central Region, another deep region that will send six teams to nationals, saw new No. 6 squads for both genders. The Metro State men were fifth in the RMAC meet to move up one into the sixth slot, while the Colorado Mesa women were fourth at RMACs to move up two positions to No. 6. Lurking just behind Metro State’s men is Eastern New Mexico, which jumped into the rankings at No. 7 with a runner-up effort at the Lone Star Conference Championships.

From the South Central to just the regular Central, the Nebraska-Kearney men moved up a spot to No. 4 with a runner-up finish in the MIAA. Making the biggest jump of the men’s rankings just behind the Lopers were the Pittsburg State men, who moved up five spots to No. 5 with its third-place showing at MIAAs (though a fair distance behind Neb.-Kearney, 55-94).

Beyond the Saint Leo women moving up to No. 1 in the South, it was a good weekend for teams with the word "west" in their names. (Well, most of them, anyway. The West Florida men fell off the bubble, dropping twp spots from No. 4 to No. 6.)

The West Alabama men leapt three positions to No. 3 with their first-ever Gulf South Conference title to displace Alabama-Huntsville for that projected third and final qualifying bid. On the women’s side, West Florida moved up a spot onto the bubble at No. 4 with a runner-up showing at Gulf South, while West Alabama moved up four spots to No. 5 with its third-place GSC effort.

The too-long-didn’t-read version: be sure to check out the regional championships November 22 because this is all certain to change again as these teams face off with NCAA Championships bids on the line. Follow along on USTFCCCA’s Regional Championships Central.

Also joining the men’s rankings this week were West Virginia Wesleyan (Atlantic); Northwest Missouri (Central); Southern Connecticut and Philadelphia (East); Michigan Tech (Midwest); Valdosta State and West Georgia (South); New Mexico Highlands (South Central); Wingate (Southeast); and Azusa Pacific (West).

For the women, the newcomers were East Stroudsburg and Mansfield (Atlantic); Southern New Hampshire and Adelphi (East); UW-Parkside (Midwest); and Mount Olive and Lenoir-Rhyne (Southeast).

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 FINAL — November 11

national rankings release: November 12
Regional Championships: November 22
         
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
4
5 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
6 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
8
8 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
7
9 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
10
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
2
3 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
5
5 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
10
6 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. MIAA
4
7 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
6
8 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
9
9 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
7
10 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. 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 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
7
6 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
6
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
5
8 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
NR
9 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
NR
10 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. 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 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
3
4 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
6
5 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
4
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Michigan Tech Houghton, Mich. GLIAC
NR
9 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
9
10 Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) Rensselaer, 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 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
6
4 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
3
5 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
6 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
4
7 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
5
8 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
NR
9 Morehouse Atlanta, Ga. SIAC
8
10 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. 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 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
7
7 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
NR
8 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
6
9 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
NR
10 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
8
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 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
5
5 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
9
6 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
4
7 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
6
8 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
8
9 Armstrong State Savannah, Ga. Peach Belt
7
10 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
NR
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 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
5
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
6 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
NR
7 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
10
8 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
6
9 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
3
10 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
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 FINAL — November 11

national rankings release: November 12
Regional Championships: November 22
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
3
3 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
2
4 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
5
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
7
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
NR
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
8 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
4
10 Mansfield Mansfield, 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 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
2 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
1
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
10
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
9
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 Saint Michael’s Colchester, Vt. Northeast-10
6
6 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
5
7 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
7
8 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
9
9 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
NR
10 Adelphi Garden City, 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
6
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
5
5 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
3
6 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
7
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
8
8 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
4
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
NR
10 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
9
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 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
3 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
2
4 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
5 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
9
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
6
7 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
7
8 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
4
9 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
8
10 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. 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 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
6 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
8
7 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
5
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
10 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
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 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
2
3 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
3
4 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
5 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
7
6 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
8
7 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
10
8 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
6
9 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
NR
10 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
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
2
3 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
5
4 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
6
5 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
10
6 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
7 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
8
8 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
7
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
10 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
3
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage, 2009: Alaska Anchorage