GVSU Men & Women Top Latest NCAA DII National Coaches’ Polls

GVSU Men & Women Top Latest NCAA DII National Coaches’ Polls

NEW ORLEANS – With only Regional Championships remaining between now and the NCAA Division II Championships on November 21, both the Grand Valley State men and women have dropped anchor atop the National Coaches’ Polls.

The GVSU men solidified their at the pinnacle of the poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while their three-time defending national champion women teammates reclaimed the top spot with a GLIAC victory over formerly top-ranked Hillsdale.

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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Grand Valley State 2)Chico State 3)Adams State 4)Colorado Mines 5)Augustana (S.D.)
GVSU Chico State Adams State Colorado Mines Alaska Anchorage
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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Grand Valley State 2)Adams State 3)Hillsdale 4)Chico State 5)Minnesota Duluth
GVSU Adams State Hillsdale Chico State Minnesota Duluth
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This marks just the second time in school history both GVSU teams have simultaneously held the No. 1 position, having also achieved the feat in last year’s pre-NCAA Championship polls. The women ultimately won, while the men were runners-up.

Running for the first time this year with defending national individual champion Kendra Foley, GVSU won a tight GLIAC team race against now No. 3 Hillsdale, 30-38. Both squads appear to be relatively evenly matched up front – the scores through four runners were 18 for GVSU and 20 for Hillsdale with individual winner Emily Oren – but the Lakers were the deeper team on this day. GVSU put seven runners across the line before the Chargers’ No. 5 came through in 18th.

With the result, GVSU earned four first-place votes. The remaining four went to RMAC Champion No. 2 Adams State, which scored a decisive 20-48 win over No. 7 Western State with Noel Prandoni taking an equally decisive individual win to lead six top-10 Grizzly finishers.

Hillsdale checked in at No. 3, followed by CCAA champion No. 4 Chico State, NSIC champion No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, and GNAC champion No. 6 Alaska Anchorage.

Grand Valley’s men scored a GLIAC title that was every bit as convincing as the women’s race was closely fought. With three of the top four finishers and eight of the top 13, the Lakers rolled to an easy 24-100 win over Malone. They now hold all but one first-place vote in the poll.

No. 2 Chico State continues to hold on to a first-place nod after scoring an impressive 24-46 victory over No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona – which actually moved up two spots in the poll with the result. Led by winner William Reyes and runner-up Steven Martinez, the Wildcats claimed six of the top 11 individual finishes.

After dropping to a historically low No. 4 in the previous poll, Adams State responded well with an RMAC title over now-No. 4 Colorado Mines (down one spot), 36-52. Jackson Sayler was runner-up for the Grizzlies to lead four top-20 finishers.

In at No. 5 was GNAC champion Alaska Anchorage, which posted a strong 21-54 win over now-No. 21 Simon Fraser behind a 1-2-3 sweep from Henry Cheseto, Dominik Notz and Edwin Kangogo.

In either gender’s poll, no team used conference championships weekend as a coming out party as well as the No. 10 U-Mary women. With an NSIC runner-up finish over former top-10 squad Augustana (S.D.), National Athlete of the Week Alexis Zeis and her Marauders jumped 11 positions to their highest rank since midway through 2012.

U-Mary wasn’t the only squad to take advantage of the conference championships spotlight. The No. 14 Nebraska-Kearney men improved five spots with an MIAA title, the No. 17 SF State men jumped up eight positions, and the Edinboro women leapt up eight spots to No. 18 with a PSAC title.

New to the men’s poll this week were No. 18 Southwest Baptist, No. 20 Colorado Mesa, No. 23 Malone, and No. 25 UC-Colorado Springs. SBU joined the top-25 for the first time since the 2014 preseason, while the latter three all return.

Joining the women’s poll were No. 19 UC San Diego, No. 20 UW-Parkside, No. 22 Harding, No. 24 East Stroudsburg and No. 25 Malone.

Harding and East Stroudsburg both joined the top-25 for the first time this season – both for the first time since 2011.

The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held November 21 in Joplin, Missouri.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #6 — October 28 (pre-regionals)

next release: November 11 (pre-NCAA Championships)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Grand Valley State (7) 198 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th)
1
2 Chico State (1) 191 West CCAA Gary Towne (20th)
2
3 Adams State 187 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (21st)
4
4 Colorado Mines 176 South Central RMAC Chris Siemers (4th)
3
5 Alaska Anchorage 166 West GNAC Michael Friess (26th)
5
6 Cal Poly Pomona 149 West CCAA Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (4th)
8
7 Southern Indiana 144 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (18th)
6
7 Augustana (S.D.) 144 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (15th)
7
9 Western State 143 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (9th)
10
10 Lock Haven 138 Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (18th)
9
11 Shippensburg 106 Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (18th)
11
12 West Texas A&M 92 South Central Lone Star Darren Flowers (7th)
13
13 UW-Parkside 90 Midwest GLVC Micah VanDenend (6th)
15
14 Neb.-Kearney 89 Central MIAA Brady Bonsall (9th)
19
14 Cal Baptist 89 West PacWest Ben Gall (4th)
18
16 Mount Olive 88 Southeast Conf. Carolinas Matt Van Lierop (7th)
14
17 SF State 59 West CCAA Tom Lyons (11th)
25
18 Southwest Baptist 57 Central MIAA Corey McElhaney (8th)
NR
19 American International 55 East Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (10th)
24
20 Colorado Mesa 46 South Central RMAC Matt Canterbury (4th)
NR
21 Simon Fraser 43 West GNAC Brit Townsend (16th)
12
22 Pittsburg State 41 Central MIAA Russ Jewett (27th)
16
23 Malone 39 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (49th)
RV
24 Stonehill 22 East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (18th)
20
25 UC-Colorado Springs 14 South Central RMAC Mark Misch (9th)
NR
Also Receiving Votes: Western Washington 11, Saginaw Valley State 8, Indiana (Pa.) 4, Franklin Pierce 4, East Central (Okla.) 4, Saint Leo 2, Black Hills State 1
Dropped Out: No. 17 Black Hills State, No. 21 Western Washington, No. 22 Saginaw Valley State, No. 23 New Mexico Highlands
(* 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

2015 Week #6 — October 28 (pre-regionals)

next release: November 11 (pre-NCAA Championships)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Grand Valley State (4) 196 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th)
3
2 Adams State (4) 194 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (28th)
2
3 Hillsdale 186 Midwest GLIAC Andrew Towne (5th)
1
4 Chico State 171 West CCAA Gary Towne (20th)
5
5 Minnesota Duluth 170 Central NSIC Joanna Warmington (5th)
4
6 Alaska Anchorage 157 West GNAC Michael Friess (26th)
7
7 Western State 156 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (9th)
6
8 Northern Michigan 141 Midwest GLIAC Jenny Ryan (9th)
9
9 Cal Baptist 131 West PacWest Ben Gall (4th)
10
10 U-Mary 125 Central NSIC Dennis Newell (10th)
21
11 Southern Indiana 123 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (19th)
11
12 Augustana (S.D.) 112 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (15th)
8
13 Western Washington 98 West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (29th)
12
14 Lewis 96 Midwest GLVC James Kearney (2nd)
15
15 Colorado Mines 87 South Central RMAC Chris Siemers (4th)
17
16 Stonehill 82 East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (18th)
16
17 Montevallo 56 Southeast Peach Belt Julia Marquardt (3rd)
19
18 Edinboro 54 Atlantic PSAC Rick Hammer (3rd)
25
19 UC San Diego 50 West CCAA Nate Garcia (9th)
RV
20 UW-Parkside 46 Midwest GLVC Micah VanDenend (6th)
RV
20 Dallas Baptist 46 South Central Heartland Conference Jacob Phillips (11th)
20
22 Harding 36 Central Great American Steve Guymon (13th)
RV
23 Bellarmine 24 Midwest GLVC Kris Horton (11th)
13
24 East Stroudsburg 22 Atlantic PSAC Joe Koch (29th)
NR
25 Shippensburg 7 Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (18th)
22
25 Malone 7 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (25th)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Cal State San Bernardino 6, Southwest Baptist 6, Central Washington 5, Tampa 3, Azusa Pacific 3, Ashland 2, Fort Lewis 2
Dropped Out: No. 13 Bloomsburg, No. 18 Seattle Pacific, No. 23 Ashland, No. 24 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 25 UC-Colorado Springs
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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