Final DII Regional Rankings Set the Stage for Region Championships

Final DII Regional Rankings Set the Stage for Region Championships

NEW ORLEANS – Conference championships shook up the final 2016 edition of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional Rankings, setting the stage for the Regional Championships next weekend.

Defending men’s national champion Colorado Mines reclaimed the top spot in the South Central Region, headlining a group of three new No. 1 squads. The move will surely cause waves in the new National Coaches’ Poll, which will be announced on a live podcast on USTFCCCA.org at noon ET.

Additionally, eight more teams between both genders moved up into position to earn berths to the NCAA Championships based on their performances this weekend.

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Only a predetermined number of teams from each of the eight regions for each gender will qualify from the Regional Championships on November 5-6 into the NCAA Championships on November 19 in Saint Leo, Florida. The number of qualifiers per region varies based on 2015 NCAA Championships results.

Mines’ national No. 3 men took down national No. 1 Adams State at the RMAC Championships in convincing fashion, scoring 20 points with five runners across the line before the Grizzlies’ second runner. Adams State finished runner-up with 44 points.

The top spot in the men’s Atlantic Region also reverted back to a previous occupant as Shippensburg reclaimed the top spot from Lock Haven. Ship won a hard-fought battle at the PSAC Championships over LHU, 47-54.

Another swap at the top with national top-10 implications came in the women’s West Region, where national No. 9 Chico State overtook No. 8 Cal Baptist. Both teams won their respective CCAA and PacWest titles, respectively, but the Wildcats looked more convincing with a 20-76 victory over Cal Poly Pomona.

Cal Baptist took down Point Loma Nazarene, 23-45.

With its runner-up finish in the CCAA, the Cal Poly Pomona women were one of eight teams to put themselves into position to earn a qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships.

The Broncos moved up four spots to No. 6 in the six-bid West Region.

Other teams that moved into qualifying position:

  • No. 2 Saint Leo men in the three-bid South (up two spots)

  • No. 3 Bentley men in the three-bid East (up two spots)

  • No. 3 Flagler men in the three-bid Southeast (up one spot)

  • No. 3 East Stroudsburg women in the three-bid Atlantic (up two spots)

  • No. 4 MSU-Moorhead women in the four-bid Central (up two spots)

  • No. 5 Lewis men in the five-bid Midwest (up one spot)

  • No. 5 West Texas A&M men in the five-bid South Central (up one spot)

Though these teams and many others may find themselves on the right side of the bubble with less than two weeks to go until Regionals, everything can change in the course of less than 30 minutes on race day.

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 5-6, 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 Week #6 — October 25

national poll release: October 26
next regional release: (none, regional championships, Nov. 5)
         
ATLANTIC Region (4 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
2
2 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
1
3 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
5
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
6
7 Concord Concord, W. Va. Mountain East
7
8 West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, W.Va. Mountain East
NR
9 Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Shippensburg, 2014: Lock Haven, 2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro, 2011: Edinboro
       
         
CENTRAL Region (4 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
2 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
2
3 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
3
4 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
4
5 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
5
6 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
NR
7 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
NR
8 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
9
9 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
7
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
NR
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 (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
4 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
7
5 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
6
6 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
3
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
8
8 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
4
9 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
10
10 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: American International, 2014: American International, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International, 2011: 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 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
4
4 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
3
5 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
6
6 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
7
7 Walsh North Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
8 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
8
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
10
10 Michigan Tech Houghton, Mich. GLIAC
NR
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 (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
1
2 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
4
3 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
2
4 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
3
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
6 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
7 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
8
8 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
10
9 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
9
10 Shorter Rome, Ga. Gulf South
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Saint Leo, 2014: Florida Southern, 2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern, 2011: Alabama-Huntsville
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (5 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
2 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
3 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
4
4 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
3
5 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
6 Chadron State Chadron, Neb. RMAC
NR
7 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
8 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
10
9 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
5
10 Oklahoma Christian Oklahoma City, Okla. Heartland Conference
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Eastern New Mexico
       
         
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 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
4
4 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
5 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
9
6 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
5
7 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
6
8 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
7
9 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
8
10 Young Harris Young Harris, Ga. Peach Belt
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Mount Olive, 2014: Mars Hill, 2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: 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
3
3 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
2
4 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
4
5 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
6 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
7
7 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
6
8 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
8
9 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
9
10 Western Oregon Monmouth, Ore. GNAC
10
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 Week #6 — October 25

national poll release: October 26
next regional release: (none, regional championships, Nov. 5)
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
4 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
6 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
6
7 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
NR
8 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
7
10 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: California (Pa.), 2014: Edinboro, 2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg, 2011: Shippensburg
       
         
CENTRAL Region (4 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
1
2 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
4
4 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
6
5 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
8
6 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
5
7 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
10
8 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
3
9 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
7
10 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Southwest Baptist, 2014: Minnesota Duluth, 2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.), 2011: Western 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
3
4 Daemen Amherst, N.Y. East Coast
4
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
6
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
8 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
NR
9 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
NR
10 St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Stonehill, 2014: Roberts Wesleyan, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill, 2011: Stonehill
       
         
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
3
3 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
2
4 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
4
5 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
5
6 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
10
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
9 Malone Canton, Ohio G-MAC
6
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
NR
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 (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
3
3 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
2
4 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
6
5 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
4
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
5
7 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
10
8 Mississippi College Clinton, Miss. Gulf South
NR
9 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
7
10 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Tampa, 2014: Tampa, 2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa, 2011: Tampa
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region (5 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
5
4 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
4
5 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
3
6 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
6
7 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
8
8 Colorado Christian Lakewood, Colo. RMAC
7
9 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
NR
10 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State, 2011: Midwestern State
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
1
2 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
2
3 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
3
4 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
4
5 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
5
6 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
6
7 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
NR
9 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
10 Limestone Gaffney, S.C. Conf. Carolinas
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Montevallo, 2014: Montevallo, 2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State, 2011: Queens (N.C.)
       
         
WEST Region (6 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
2
2 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
1
3 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
3
4 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
5
5 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
4
6 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
10
7 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
7
8 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
8
9 Cal State Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. CCAA
NR
10 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
6
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2015: Chico State, 2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State, 2011: Alaska Anchorage

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