2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – A strong weekend from Augustana (S.D.) men’s cross country squad shook up the top-10 of the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll, announced Wednesday.

The Vikings jumped nine spots in the rankings to tie for ninth with Queens (N.C.) after winning the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend by a whopping 99 points. Augustana (S.D.) benefitted from stellar outings from Alec Kray (26:08.1- fourth), Aaron Runge (26:13.8 – fifth) and Nick Larsen (26:21.9 – seventh) as collegiate finishing within the top-10.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Adams State Grand Valley State Colorado Mines Chico State Mount Olive
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The spot for the Vikings marks the first ranking within the top-10 for the team on the season.

The remainder of the poll was quite stagnant.

The top-five teams in Adams State, Grand Valley State, Colorado Mines, Chico State and Mount Olive all held down their respective rankings from a week ago. Of the five teams, only Mount Olive competed, placing second at the Bulldog Stampede, hosted by Wingate.

Southern Indiana fell out of a tie with Mount Olive for fifth, slipping one spot down to sixth, followed by Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Baptist. Led by McMarshall Hartzenburg (25:01.6 – second), Cal Baptist won the San Francisco State Invitational.

Outside of the top-10, only three rose in the polls, while another team made its season-debut.

Western Oregon finished second to Cal Baptist at the San Francisco State Invitational, but that was good enough for them to break into the top-25 for the first time on the season. David Ribich, the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field 1500 meter champion, won the meet in what was the first outing of his senior campaign, running 24:47.0. After going unranked across the first three polls of the season, the Wolves entered the rankings for the first time since week five of last year.

Joining the Mountaineers in gaining ground in the polls were Rogers State and Stonehill. The Skyhawks of Stonehill earned its third title of the season at the Codfish Bowl last weekend, moving up to 21st. Rogers State was idle on the week, but managed to move up one spot to 15th.

UC San Diego also returned to the rankings after placing second to Augustana (S.D.) at the Roy Griak Invitational. The Tritons were 24th in the preseason poll before falling out after the first week.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 3 - September 27th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (23rd)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
188 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
184 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
180 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (20th)
158 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (2)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (3)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
139 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (17th)
135 ▲ 9
(LW: 18)
9 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Kevin Licht (1st)
135 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
11 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
James Kearney (4th)
123 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (4)
GNAC
Michael Friess (28th)
112 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Matt Morris (5th)
103 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 bellarmine BELLARMINE
Midwest Region (4)
GLVC
Jim Vargo (18th)
99 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 rogers-state ROGERS STATE
South Central Region (4)
Heartland Conference
Chris McCormick (8th)
86 ▲ 1
(LW: 16)
16 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (5)
GNAC
Mike Johnson (14th)
78 NR
17 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
67 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
60 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Leo Mayo (12th)
57 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 shippensburg SHIPPENSBURG
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Steve Spence (20th)
41 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
31 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (6)
CCAA
Nate Garcia (11th)
30
(LW: RV)
23 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (2nd)
27 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (6)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
22 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (6th)
10 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Central Missouri 8, Edinboro 5, West Texas A&M 4, Western Washington 4

Dropped Out: No. 13 Simon Fraser, No. 15 Sioux Falls

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2017 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29Wed 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 14: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/19Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 9/26Wed 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/3Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24Wed 10/25
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
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