Defending National Champs Fall in NCAA DII Regional Rankings

Defending National Champs Fall in NCAA DII Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since 2011, there is a new No. 1 women’s cross country team in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region.

Grand Valley State – the three-time defending national champion and winners in four of the past five years – has been knocked from its perch atop the region by GLIAC rival national No. 2 Hillsdale, headlining the second regular-season edition of the Regional Rankings announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Competing head-to-head in the Michigan State Spartan Invitational on Friday, Hillsdale outclassed GVSU, 77-136, as the meet’s third- and fourth-place teams, respectively. Led by fourth-place Emily Oren and sixth-place Kristina Galat, five Chargers finished in the top-35 compared to just three for the Lakers.

This marks the first time since week five of the 2011 that GVSU isn’t the region’s top team. The Lakers, coming off their first national crown in 2010, were ranked behind Ferris State for five straight weeks before ultimately winning the region and finishing third at NCAAs.

However, while individual national champion hopefuls Oren and Galat looked strong for the Chargers, GVSU ran without the actual reigning national champion in Kendra Foley. Assuming the defending champ on board for the Lakers later this season, these two teams are likely much closer than this weekend’s score indicates.

Will this translate to a new No. 1 in Wednesday’s National Coaches’ Poll? Find out Wednesday by noon ET on USTFCCCA.org.

Other than the GVSU women dropping to No. 2, the only other new second-ranked squad was the men of East Central (Okla.), who roared up an impressive seven spots from a week ago in the Central Region. The Tigers won the Missouri Southern Stampede/Pre-Nationals in Joplin, Missouri – home of the 2015 NCAA Division II Championships on November 21 – by three points over regional foe Neb.-Kearney, 121-124.

New No. 3 squads include the Franklin Pierce men in the three-bid East Region, UNC Pembroke’s men in the three-bid Southeast, the Bellarmine women in the Midwest, the UC-Colorado Springs women in the South Central, and the Western Washington women in the West.

Three teams not only joined the rankings this week, but catapulted themselves into regional contention. National Athlete of the Week Kelsey Bruce led the Dallas Baptist women from unranked to No. 4 in the South Central; the Saginaw Valley State men went from not ranked to No. 4 in the Midwest; and the Florida Tech women leapt to No. 5 in the South.

Also new to the rankings this week were the men of Mercyhurst (Atlantic), Cedarville (Midwest), Valdosta State (South), and Humboldt State (West); and the women of Indiana (Pa.), Ferris State (Midwest), West Florida (South), Eastern New Mexico (South Central), Columbus State and Young Harris (Southeast), and Point Loma Nazarene (West).

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 in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Week #2 — September 22

national rankings release: September 23
next regional release: September 29
         
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 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
7
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
6
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
8
9 Mansfield Mansfield, Pa. PSAC
9
10 Mercyhurst Erie, 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
Last Week
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
9
3 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
3
4 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
7
5 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
4
6 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
10
7 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
8 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
5
9 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
6
10 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
8
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
Last Week
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
2
3 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
4
4 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
3
5 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
6
6 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
7
8 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
9
9 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
10 Nyack Nyack, N.Y. CACC
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
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
3
4 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
NR
5 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
6
6 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
9
7 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
4
8 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
NR
9 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
8
10 Walsh North Canton, Ohio GLIAC
NR
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
Last Week
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
3
4 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
7
5 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
4
6 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
6
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
5
8 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
8
9 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
9
10 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
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
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
3
4 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
8
5 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
4
6 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
6
7 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas Lone Star
9
9 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
5
10 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
10
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
Last Week
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
2
3 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
4
4 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
5
5 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
6
6 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
3
7 GRU Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
8 Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. SAC
8
9 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
9
10 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
10
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
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
4 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
6
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
5
6 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
7 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
7
8 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
9
9 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
NR
10 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
8
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 Week #2 — September 22

national rankings release: September 23
next regional release: September 29
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 auto quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
8
6 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
5
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
6
8 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
9 Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. PSAC
10
10 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
NR
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
Last Week
1 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
1
2 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
3 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
3
4 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
4
5 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
5
6 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
6
7 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
7
8 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
8
9 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
9
10 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
10
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
Last Week
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
2
3 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
5
4 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
4
5 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
3
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
6
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
8 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
8
9 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
9
10 Nyack Nyack, N.Y. CACC
10
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
Last Week
1 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
2
2 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
3 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
4
4 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
6
5 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
5
6 Malone Canton, Ohio GLIAC
7
7 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
3
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
8
9 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
9
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
NR
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
Last Week
1 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
3
4 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
4
5 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
NR
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
7
7 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
5
8 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
6
9 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
NR
10 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
10
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
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
4
4 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
NR
5 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
7
6 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
3
7 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
5
8 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
NR
9 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
10
10 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
9
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
Last Week
1 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
1
2 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
2
3 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
4 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
4
5 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
5
6 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
6
7 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
8
8 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
9 Young Harris Young Harris, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
10 Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. 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
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
6
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
7
6 Cal State San Bernardino San Bernardino, Calif. CCAA
9
7 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
10
8 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
8
9 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
NR
10 Central Washington Ellensburg, Wash. GNAC
5
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage, 2010: Alaska Anchorage

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