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.
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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.