2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – It seems like the outdoor track & field season just ended. Yet, here we are.

That’s right, cross country season is upon us. With the first batch of meets right around the corner, now is the time to take a peek at where the nation’s top NCAA Division II teams sit in their respective regions.

REGIONAL RANKINGS SUMMARY PDF
REGIONAL RANKINGS – ALL-TIME WEEK BY WEEK

For those who don’t know, the 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 (if applicable) in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

COMPLETE RANKINGS: MEN | WOMEN

 Atlantic Region 

There’s no real surprise here, as Shippensburg lays claim to the top spot in both the men’s and women’s rankings in the Atlantic Region. Both squads picked up victories at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Cross Country Championships a year ago, and both are poised to have strong seasons this year.

The men’s squad returns Alex Balla and Calvin Conrad-Kline, both of whom finished in the top-10 at the regional meet a year ago. Caity Reese, last season’s sixth-place finisher at Slippery Rock, returns to lead Shippenburg’s women’s squad.

Edinboro – who jumped up from 11th a year ago – and Indiana (Pa.) round out the top-3 on the men’s side in the region. Lock Haven sits in fourth, but returns 2016 Atlantic Region champion Addison Monroe. California (Pa.) is in second in the women’s rankings.

Central Region

U-Mary, who will get another year out of 2016 Central Region champion and NCAA Runner-Up Alexis Zeis, carries over its success from a year ago to the top spot in the region, while Missouri Southern’s men’s team snuck ahead of Augustana (S.D.) in the initial rankings of 2017.

U-Mary’s ranking is a no-brainer, given the accolades bestowed upon the aforementioned Zeis. But one may wonder why Missouri Southern jumped Augustana (S.D.), despite losing Vincent Kiprop. The answer is simple: the Lions return four underclassmen who all finished in the top-32 at the Central Region Championships, while Augustana’s top-three runners all exhausted their eligibility.

Never fear, Vikings; Jesus Urtusuastegui makes his triumphant return to the team after a strong rookie campaign.

East Region

American International’s men and Stonehill’s women both captured East Region Championships a year ago, and both return a slew of talent, giving them the early lead in the region rankings.

Leakey Kipkosgei and Mitchell Byrne finished first and third, respectively, at the East Region Championships, while the former of the two placed 14th nationally just a few weeks later. Stonehill’s Nicole Borofski graduated after winning the East Region last year, but the Skyhawks have four women who finished in the top-20 last year back in action.

Assumption ranks second on the women’s side, which makes sense seeing that they are the only program in the East Region that returns two top-10 regional finishers in Antonia Pagliuca and Courtney Fisher.

Midwest Region

Like Shippensburg in the Atlantic, Grand Valley State is holding down the fort atop the men’s and women’s rankings in the Midwest. The NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Champions from a year ago lost Kendra Foley to graduation, but do return Stacey Metzger, who finished 15th (20:57.8) a year ago as the top-placing freshman. Kelly Haubert also finished in the top-50 at nationals in addition to placing 12th at the Midwest Regionals.

On the men’s side, the Lakers bring back Zach Panning (fifth – 29:58.3), Trevor Sharnas (18th – 30:51.3) and Wuoi Mach (48th – 31:26.3) as top-50 national finishers from a year ago.

Southern Indiana, ranked second on the women’s side, could pose a problem for the rest of the region with the return of Emily Roberts, the top returning finisher at the Midwest Regionals a year ago.

South Region

Lee (Tenn.) won the Men’s South Region title a year ago and look to have a good shot to do so again as the top team in the region out of the gate. The Flames have a trio of men in Christian Noble (third), Harold Smith (fifth) and Seat Eagleson (10th) that finished in the top-10 at the regional meet a year ago.

Saint Leo owns the top spot on the women’s side due to the fact that it returns 2016 South Region Champion Colett Rampf, as well as three others who finished in the top-15. Rampf also placed 14th at the national meet.

Lee’s women’s team ranks second in the region, while Florida Southern is the runner-up on the men’s side with three top-16 regional finishers from a year ago back in Lakeland, Florida.

South Central Region

When you win a national title and return top talent, you’re more than likely to lead your region the next year out. That’s the thinking with Adams State’s men’s program with the return of Sydney Gidabuday. Finishing fourth a year ago at the national meet, he heads into the year as the top returner. Lucio Ramirez and Kale Adams should also play a major factor in what is sure to be a strong season for the Grizzlies.

While the men’s team took home the title last year, the women’s team was oh-so-close, finishing as national runners-up. However, that’s good enough to put them in the lead for the South Central Regional rankings. Ninth-place regional finisher Kaylee Bogina returns to lead the Grizzlies in just her second year on the course.

Colorado Mines’ men’s team won the South Central Region a year ago and come in at second in the preseason rankings, while Western State sits in second on the women’s side.

Southeast Region

Mount Olive has a lot to be excited about, as the men’s team heads into the year ranked first in the Southeast Region, while the women’s team is in third. Both teams return the Southeast Region individual champions a year ago in Adam Craig and Leah Hanle.

Despite this fact, the women’s Southeast Region rankings are led by Queens (N.C.). The Royals’ Natane Deruytter (fifth), Lucie Noall (seventh) and Hannah Wolkenhauer (10th) all finished in the top-10 at the Southeast Regionals a year ago.

A pair of teams from the Carolinas sit second on each side, with Queens (N.C.) and Anderson (S.C.) currently in the runner-up positions in the men’s and women’s rankings, respectively.

West Region

Chico State has a lock on the top spots in the West Region on both the men’s and women’s side of the rankings. This is to be expected, for not only did both teams capture the West Region title a year ago, but also finished 4th at the 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

The men’s Wildcats feature Kyle Medina and Falco DiGiallonardo, the top-returning athletes from the West Region. Medina also finished 11th at nationals, while the women bring back Karlie Garcia, who finished sixth at the West Regionals last season.

Alaska Anchorage sits in second on in both ranking, with top-10 regional finishers Edwin Kangogo and Caroline Kurgat pacing each squad.

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 18 based on their finishes at these regional championships, with each region allotted a specific number of NCAA Championship berths based on 2016 results.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Preseason — August 29

national poll release: August 30
next regional release: September 12
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
3 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
9
4 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
2
5 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
6 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
13
7 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
14
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
15
9 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
8
10 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
16
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Shippensburg,
2015: Shippensburg, 2014: Lock Haven, 2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro
CENTRAL Region
1 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
2
2 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
1
3 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
18
5 Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. MIAA
5
6 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
6
7 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
13
8 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
9
9 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
10
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Augustana (S.D.),
2015: Augustana (S.D.), 2014: Augustana (S.D.), 2013: Augustana (S.D.), 2012: Augustana (S.D.)
EAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
3
4 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
7
5 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
6
6 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
5
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
8
8 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
9
9 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
19
10 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
4
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: American International, 2015: American International, 2014: American International, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
3
4 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
5
5 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. G-MAC
4
6 Walsh North Canton, Ohio G-MAC
7
7 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
6
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
8
9 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
13
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Grand Valley State,
2015: Grand Valley State, 2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
1
2 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
3
3 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
4
4 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunshine
NR
6 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
13
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
6
8 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
12
9 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
5
10 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Lee (Tenn.),
2015: Saint Leo, 2014: Florida Southern, 2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
2
2 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
1
3 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
3
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
5
5 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
4
6 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
10
7 Metro State Denver, Colo. RMAC
12
8 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
6
9 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
8
10 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Colorado Mines,
2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
3
3 Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. SAC
2
4 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
5
5 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
4
6 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
7
7 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
13
8 Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. SAC
8
9 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
9
10 Lees-McRae Banner Elk, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Mount Olive, 2015: Mount Olive, 2014: Mars Hill, 2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
3 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
4 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
5
5 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
4
6 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
6
7 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
8 Cal State San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. CCAA
NR
9 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
9
10 SF State San Francisco, Calif. CCAA
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Chico State, 2015: Alaska Anchorage, 2014: Chico State, 2013: Chico State, 2012: Chico State

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Preseason — August 29

national poll release: August 30
next regional release: September 12
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
4
3 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
11
4 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
8
5 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
6
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
7
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
5
8 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
2
9 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
3
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Shippensburg,
2015: California (Pa.), 2014: Edinboro, 2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg
CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
1
2 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
3
4 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
8
5 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
5
6 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
6
7 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
4
8 Northern State Aberdeen, S.D. NSIC
NR
9 East Central (Okla.) Ada, Okla. Great American
14
10 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: U-Mary, 2015: Southwest Baptist, 2014: Minnesota Duluth, 2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.)
EAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
3
4 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
6
5 Daemen Amherst, N.Y. East Coast
4
6 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
12
7 St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
10
8 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
5
9 Georgian Court (N.J.) Lakewood, N.J. CACC
15
10 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Stonehill, 2015: Stonehill, 2014: Roberts Wesleyan, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
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. G-MAC
5
6 Malone Canton, Ohio G-MAC
6
7 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. GLVC
7
8 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
8
9 Walsh North Canton, Ohio G-MAC
9
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Grand Valley State, 2015: Grand Valley State, 2014: Grand Valley State, 2013: Grand Valley State, 2012: Grand Valley State
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
2
2 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
3
3 Montevallo (Ala.) Montevallo, Ala. Gulf South
1 (SE)
4 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
4
5 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
5
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
7
7 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
8
8 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
9
9 West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Gulf South
10
10 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
6
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: UPR Rio Piedras, 2015: Tampa, 2014: Tampa, 2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
4
4 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
3
5 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
5
6 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
6
7 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
7
8 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
9
9 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
8
10 Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. Lone Star
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Adams State, 2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
2
2 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
4
3 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
6
4 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
5
5 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
3
6 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
7
7 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
8
8 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
10
9 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
11
10 Limestone Gaffney, S.C. Conf. Carolinas
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Montevallo, 2015: Montevallo, 2014: Montevallo, 2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
3
3 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
6
4 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
4
5 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
2
6 Cal State San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. CCAA
prov.
7 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
5
8 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
16
9 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
8
10 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Chico State, 2015: Chico State, 2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State

USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 14: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/25
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
Sat 11/18

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