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.

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

2017 Week 3 - September 27th

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

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

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

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