NCAA DII Preseason Regional Rankings Unveiled

NCAA DII Preseason Regional Rankings Unveiled

NEW ORLEANS – With the opening weekend of NCAA Division II Cross Country already upon us starting this Thursday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced its preseason Regional Rankings.

Reigning regional champions are predicted to pick up right where they left off in many of the country’s eight men’s regions and eight women’s regions, with 75 percent of them headed by last year’s winner.

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That includes reigning national women’s champion Adams State in the South Central Region. Reigning national men’s champion Colorado Mines is also favored to win the South Central, but the Orediggers aren’t a part of that aforementioned grouping of teams – they finished runner-up regionally in 2015.

Joining the Adams State women as returning regional champions/preseason favorites are Stonehill (East), Grand Valley State (Midwest), Tampa (South), Montevallo (Southeast) and Chico State (West).

National runner-up GVSU looks to have potentially the most difficult road to travel with five of last year’s top 11 teams at NCAAs hailing from the Midwest, including reigning third-place finisher Hillsdale. Fourth-place Chico State will also face an uphill climb with an additional two top-10 teams from a year ago in its West Region.

Look for a shake-up atop both the Central and Atlantic regions, though.

Preseason Central favorite U-Mary finished fourth at regionals a year ago but wound up finishing 12th nationally behind individual champ Alexis Zeis.

Shippensburg was just third in the Atlantic last season and Bloomsburg was even farther back in sixth, but those two find themselves atop the region to start 2016.

The men’s teams making the transition from regional champs to preseason regional favorites to start their 2016 campaigns are Shippensburg (Atlantic), Augustana (S.D.) (Central), American International (East), Grand Valley State (Midwest), Mount Olive (Southeast) and Alaska Anchorage (West).

Both the Midwest and West regions look to be deep in the preseason with three national top-10 squads from each returning from a year ago. Notably in the Midwest, Lewis checked it at No. 3 behind GVSU and Southern Indiana after finishing 17th at regionals last season.

Joining national champ Colorado Mines as non-regional winners to start 2016 atop their respective rankings is Lee (Tenn.) from the South. Lee was the runner-up in the South a year ago.

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 19 based on their finishes at these regional championships on November 5, with each region allotted a specific number of NCAA Championship berths based on 2015 results.

These rankings aim to predict how teams will fare within those regional championship races. They 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

2016 Preseason — August 30

national rankings release: August 31
next regional release: September 13
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
4
4 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
5 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
6 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
6
7 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
7
8 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
13
9 Concord Concord, W. Va. Mountain East
8
10 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Shippensburg, 2014: Lock Haven, 2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro, 2011: Edinboro
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
2
3 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
5
4 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
4
5 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
3
6 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
9
7 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
8
8 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
13
9 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
6
10 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Augustana (S.D.), 2014: Augustana (S.D.), 2013: Augustana (S.D.), 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Adams State
       
         
EAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
3
4 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
4
5 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
5
6 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
7
7 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
6
8 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
8
9 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
12
10 LIU Post Brookville, N.Y. East Coast
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: American International, 2014: American International, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International, 2011: UMass Lowell
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
17
4 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
3
5 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
7
6 Walsh North Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
7 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
6
8 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
9
9 Malone Canton, Ohio G-MAC
4
10 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Grand Valley State, 2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
2
2 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
3 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
3
4 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
5
5 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
6 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
6
7 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
14
8 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
7
9 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
9
10 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Saint Leo, 2014: Florida Southern, 2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern, 2011: Alabama-Huntsville
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
2 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
3 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
3
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
5
5 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
10
6 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
6
7 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
4
8 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
7
9 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
9
10 New Mexico Highlands Las Vegas, N.M. RMAC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Eastern New Mexico
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
2
3 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
4 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
4
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
8
6 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
9
7 Young Harris Young Harris, Ga. Peach Belt
10
8 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
5
9 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
6
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Mount Olive, 2014: Mars Hill, 2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
1
2 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
2
3 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
4 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
4
5 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
6
6 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
5
7 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
9
8 Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. PacWest
7
9 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
8
10 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Alaska Anchorage, 2014: Chico State, 2013: Chico State, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2016 Preseason — August 30

national rankings release: August 31
next regional release: September 13
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
6
3 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
1
4 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
7
6 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
5
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
8 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
2
9 Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. PSAC
11
10 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: California (Pa.), 2014: Edinboro, 2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg, 2011: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
4
2 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
3
4 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
1
5 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
9
6 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
6
7 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
5
8 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
7
9 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
8
10 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Southwest Baptist, 2014: Minnesota Duluth, 2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Western State
       
         
EAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
6
3 Daemen Amherst, N.Y. East Coast
4
4 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
2
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
6 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
3
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
8
8 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
21
9 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
13
10 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Stonehill, 2014: Roberts Wesleyan, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill, 2011: Stonehill
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
2
3 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
4
4 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
5
5 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
3
6 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
6
7 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
7
8 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
8
9 Malone Canton, Ohio G-MAC
11
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Grand Valley State, 2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State, 2011: Grand Valley State
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
4
4 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
3
5 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
5
6 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
6
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
9
8 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
7
9 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
11
10 West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. Gulf South
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Tampa, 2014: Tampa, 2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa, 2011: Tampa
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
5
4 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
4
5 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
3
6 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
7
7 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
6
8 Colorado Christian Lakewood, Colo. RMAC
9
9 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
8
10 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Midwestern State
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
1
2 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
2
3 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
4 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
4
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
6 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
6
7 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
7
8 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
8
9 Young Harris Young Harris, Ga. Peach Belt
9
10 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Montevallo, 2014: Montevallo, 2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2015 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
3
3 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
2
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
10
6 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
5
7 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
8
8 Cal State San Bernardino San Bernardino, Calif. CCAA
9
9 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
7
10 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Chico State, 2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage

USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time