NCAA DII Preseason Regional Rankings Announced

NCAA DII Preseason Regional Rankings Announced

NEW ORLEANS – As the start of the 2015 NCAA Division II cross country season quickly approaches with action kicking off on Thursday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday the preseason Regional Rankings.

Defending national men’s champion Adams State and the women’s champion Grand Valley State start the new season atop their respective South Central and Midwest regions, headlining a group of 11 teams between the men and women that carried over as 2014 regional champs to 2015 preseason favorites.

Regional Rankings Summary PDF | Division II XC Rankings Central

The United States (as well as Canada and Puerto Rico) is split into eight distinct regions for both the men and the women, combining for 16 total. Teams qualify to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on November 21 based on their finishes at the regional championships on November 7, with each region allotted a specific number of NCAA Championship berths based on 2014 results.

Not only will the GVSU women find themselves in a dogfight with 2014 runner-up Hillsdale at the NCAA Championships, but the Lakers will also have to contend with the Chargers in the Midwest Region (ranked No. 2) and the GLIAC Championships.

GVSU joins Edinboro (Atlantic), Minnesota Duluth (Central), Tampa (South), Adams State (South Central), and Montevallo (Southeast) as women’s teams that kept control of the top spot in their regions.

Adams State’s men will face an incredibly deep South Central Region without the services of three of their top five scorers from a year ago – who also happened to be three of the top overall national finishers. As always, RMAC rivals Colorado Mines (No. 2) and Western State (No. 3) will be in hot pursuit.

The Grizzlies are joined as champs-turned-preseason favorites by Lock Haven (Atlantic), Augustana (S.D.) (Central), Grand Valley State (Midwest), and Chico State (West).

Taking over the top spots in their respective regions were the Stonehill men and women (East), the men of Lee (Tenn.) (South) and Mount Olive (Southeast), and the women of Chico State (West). Lee is in its first official year of NCAA Membership after transitioning from the NAIA.

The season is not even one stride old, so take the following statement for what it is: a number of teams were projected to be much more successful than a year ago, even to the point of finding themselves within the NCAA Championships qualifying bubble.

For example, Fort Hays State’s men moved up from a 15th-place finish at the Central Regional a year ago to No. 4 in the Preseason Regional Rankings. The story is the same for the Alabama-Huntsville men in the South (sixth to No. 3) and women of Cal Baptist (eighth to No. 4 in the West) and Lewis (eighth to No. 5 in the Midwest Region).

Perhaps even more impressive are the American International women, who went from not fielding a full team at the East Regional a year ago to No. 3.

NCAA Division II Regional Championships will be held around the country on Saturday, November 7 with the NCAA Championships happening two weeks later in Joplin, Missouri.

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 teams strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Preseason — September 1

national rankings release: September 2
next regional release: September 15
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
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 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
6
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
10
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
8
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
7
9 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
9
10 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Lock Haven, 2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro, 2011: Edinboro, 2010: Lock Haven
       
         
CENTRAL Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
3 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
5
4 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
15
5 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
4
6 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
11
7 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
6
8 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
7
9 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
12
10 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Augustana (S.D.), 2013: Augustana (S.D.), 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Adams State, 2010: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
2 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
3 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
3
4 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
4
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
6
6 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
5
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
7
8 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
8
9 Nyack Nyack, N.Y. CACC
24
10 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: American International, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International, 2011: UMass Lowell, 2010: UMass Lowell
       
         
MIDWEST Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
3
3 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
5
4 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
4
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
2
6 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
7
7 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
6
8 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
11
9 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
10
10 Trevecca Nazarene Nashville, Tenn. G-MAC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State, 2010: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
6
4 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
1
5 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
5
6 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
4
7 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
8
8 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
11
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
12
10 Benedict Columbia, S.C. SIAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Florida Southern, 2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern, 2011: Alabama-Huntsville, 2010: Harding
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
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
6
6 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
5
7 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
18
8 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
7
9 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
10
10 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Eastern New Mexico, 2010: Central Missouri
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
2
2 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
1
3 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
4 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
5
5 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
6
6 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
8
7 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
9
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
7
9 King Bristol, Tenn. Conf. Carolinas
4
10 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Mars Hill, 2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
4
6 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
6
7 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
8
8 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
11
9 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
10 Fresno Pacific Fresno, Calif. PacWest
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Chico State, 2013: Chico State, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Preseason — September 1

national rankings release: September 2
next regional release: September 15
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
4 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
5
5 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
11
6 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
7
7 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
6
8 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
9
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
10
10 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Edinboro, 2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg, 2011: Shippensburg, 2010: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
1
2 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
3 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
5
4 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
4
5 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
6
6 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
3
7 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
7
8 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
8
9 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
9
10 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Minnesota Duluth, 2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Western State, 2010: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
2 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
1
3 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
NR
4 Nyack Nyack, N.Y. CACC
12
5 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
4
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
6
7 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
5
8 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
7
9 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
13
10 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Roberts Wesleyan, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill, 2011: Stonehill, 2010: Stonehill
       
         
MIDWEST Region (6 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
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
5
5 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
8
6 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
4
7 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
7
8 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
12
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
13
10 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State, 2010: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
4 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
5
5 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
3
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
7 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
8
8 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
6
9 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
12
10 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Tampa, 2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa, 2011: Tampa, 2010: Tampa
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (4 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
6
4 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
NR
5 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
5
6 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
8
7 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
3
8 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
7
9 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
4
10 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Midwestern State, 2010: Pittsburg State
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
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
4
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
6 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
6
7 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
8
8 Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. SAC
9
9 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
11
10 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Montevallo, 2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.), 2010: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region (5 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
2
2 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
1
3 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
3
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
8
5 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
5
6 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
4
7 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
6
8 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
10
9 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
12
10 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage