New No. 1 Emerges in Newest NCAA DII Regional Rankings

New No. 1 Emerges in Newest NCAA DII Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS –With the release of Tuesday’s week five edition of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional Rankings, the stage is now largely set for another exciting postseason.

Ahead of conference championships in two weeks’ time, a new regional No. 1 emerged in the women’s West Region and several other regions experienced some rearrangement in the rankings announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Cal Baptist claimed the top spot in the West for the first time in program history, as former favorite Chico State faltered at the UC San Diego Triton Classic. The Lancers, who rested their “A” team, were the beneficiaries as the somewhat shorthanded Wildcats fell to regional foe Point Loma Nazarene.

Point Loma also got a nice bump from the performance, moving from outside the bubble in the six-bid West Region at No. 7 up three spots to No. 4. Remember, each region is allotted a fixed number of bids to the NCAA Championships, based on the order of finish at the Regional Championships on Nov. 5-6.

That wasn’t the only big move out West, though. Alaska Anchorage, buoyed by the return of All-American Joyce Chelimo, moved up three spots to No. 3, and Simon Fraser climbed three spots into qualifying position at No. 5.

Perhaps the busiest region in the men’s rankings came from the opposite shore of America, as nine of the ten teams in the East checked in with a different rank than a week ago. Stonehill moved up to No. 2 and Southern New Hampshire moved inside the bubble of the three-bid East. Former No. 2 Bentley dropped three spots to No. 5.

It was also an eventful weekend in the Southeast for the men, as eight of its teams moved around. No new teams moved into qualifying position, however, as Mars Hill and Queens (N.C.) traded spots at Nos. 2 and 3. Flagler moved onto the bubble in the three-bid region at No. 4.

Also moving up inside the bubbles of their respective regions were the Fort Hays State (Central) women and the men of Alabama-Huntsville (South).

See the full regional rankings below.

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 #5 — October 11

national poll release: October 12
next regional release: October 25
         
ATLANTIC Region (4 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
2
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 Charleston (W.Va.) Charleston, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
9
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 Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. MIAA
8
7 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
7
8 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
NR
9 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
NR
10 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. 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
3
3 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
4
4 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
5
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
2
6 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
7
7 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
6
8 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
9
9 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
10
10 Wilmington (Del.) New Castle, Del. CACC
8
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 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
3
4 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
4
5 Walsh North Canton, Ohio GLIAC
5
6 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
7 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
6
8 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
8
9 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
10
10 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
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 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
2
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
5
4 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
3
5 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
4
6 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
8
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
8 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
6
9 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
9
10 Florida Tech Melbourne, Fla. Sunshine
10
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 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
4
4 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
3
5 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
5
6 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
6
7 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
7
8 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
8
9 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
9
10 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
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
3
3 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
2
4 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
5 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
4
6 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
7 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
6
8 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
9
9 Montevallo Montevallo, Ala. Peach Belt
7
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 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
2
3 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
3
4 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
4
5 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
6 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
7
7 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
8
8 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
6
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 #5 — October 11

national poll release: October 12
next regional release: October 25
         
ATLANTIC Region (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
4
5 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
6 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
7
7 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
6
8 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
8
9 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
9
10 Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. PSAC
10
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 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
6
4 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
4
5 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
3
6 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
7
7 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
8
8 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
9
9 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
NR
10 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
5
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
3
3 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
2
4 Daemen Amherst, N.Y. East Coast
4
5 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
6
6 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
5
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
7
8 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
8
9 Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
10 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
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 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
2
3 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
3
4 Northern Michigan Marquette, Mich. GLIAC
5
5 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
4
6 Malone Canton, Ohio G-MAC
6
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Walsh North Canton, Ohio GLIAC
8
9 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
10 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
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 (3 Auto Quals)
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
2
3 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
3
4 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
4
5 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
6
6 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
5
7 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
7
8 Palm Beach Atlantic West Palm Beach, Fla. Independent (DII)
10
9 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
NR
10 Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. Gulf South
8
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 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
3
4 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
4
5 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
5
6 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
6
7 Colorado Christian Lakewood, Colo. RMAC
8
8 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
7
9 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
9
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
5
5 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
4
6 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
6
7 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
8 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
9 Limestone Gaffney, S.C. Conf. Carolinas
NR
10 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
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 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
2
2 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
3 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
6
4 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
7
5 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
8
6 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
3
7 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
5
8 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
4
9 Humboldt State Arcata, Calif. CCAA
9
10 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
10
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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