2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Rankings — Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – A couple of weekends have come and gone since the NCAA Division II Cross Country Preseason Regional Rankings were announced. However, glancing at the newest batch of regional rankings, and one would think there hasn’t been much action at all.

That’s because the men’s and women’s teams that held the top spot in each of the eight regions two weeks ago remain in place in this edition of the rankings, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Additionally, there were only six teams that made a jump into second place across the eight men’s and eight women’s 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

A conservative approach at the Galen Piper 4K helped Shippensburg’s men’s squad stay at the top of the Atlantic Region rankings, followed by Edinboro, who remained in second thanks in large part to a 10th-place finish by transfer Austin Pondel (26:24) at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Indiana (Pa.) and Lock Haven held down third and fourth, respectively, while Kutztown jumped four spots to fifth after winning the Salisbury Invitational.

Shippensburg also grasped onto the top ranking on the women’s side, but there was some shuffling behind them. Edinboro leaped California (Pa.) for second place while Wheeling Jesuit and Lock Haven held down the fort at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Central Region

Sioux Falls’ men’s squad is the story in the region, as they moved from fourth to second after a big win at the Augustana Twilight on Sept. 1 that saw Mason Phillips (19:15.1), Steven Brown (19:37.0) and Jase Kraft (19:42.3) finish 1-2-4. They do still remain tucked away behind Missouri Southern, who finished ahead of an NCAA Division I program at the Forest Park Cross Country Festival this past weekend.

U-Mary’s women blew away the competition at the Dragon Twilight to pin down the top women’s ranking in the Central Region once again, with Alexis Zeis (13:13.3) winning the race. Winona State (sixth to third) and Fort Hays State (seventh to fifth) made significant leaps in the region.

East Region

There was not a lot of movement in the East Region on either the men’s or women’s side. The top-seven women’s teams remained in their respective rankings from a week ago, with Stonehill and Assumption leading the pack.

As for the men, Leakey Kipkosgei (15:25.5) and Kemani Hume (15:40.6) finishing 1-2 at the Adelphi Panthers XC Invitational two weekends ago to keep American International in the lead on the men’s field. However, Adelphi turned in a nice showing at its own meet, propelling them up a spot to third.

Midwest Region

Much like the East Region, the Midwest Region went relatively unscathed from one ranking to the next. Grand Valley State remains the team to beat in both the men’s and women’s rankings after sweeping the Calvin Knight Invite. Walsh’s men made the move to fifth after four of their athletes finished in the top-five at the Ric Sayre Invitational.

Spots two through nine in the women’s rankings were stagnant, with Saginaw Valley State moving into 10th being the lone change on their side of the polls.

South Region

The men’s portion of the South Region saw the most upheaval, with Embry-Riddle jumping from fifth to second after dominating the Holloway Park XC Preseason Festival that featured, among other teams, NCAA Division I South Florida. Lee (Tenn.) held onto the top billing on the men’s side.

Saint Leo, Lee (Tenn.) and Montevallo continued their hold on the top-three spots in the region, while Tampa rose to fourth after winning the Valdosta State Invitational, with freshman Zoe Jarvis (18:59.8) placing third in a field of 82 for the Spartans.

South Central Region

Dallas Baptist’s women were the only team that made any improvement in the top-five in the South Central Region over the last two weekends. At its home meet, the Patriots recorded a perfect score to move up one spot from sixth.

The top-five on the men’s side went unchanged. Adams State impressed enough on both sides of the rankings to stay as the leader of the pack.

Southeast Region

While Mount Olive and Queens (N.C.) stayed put in first and second, respectively, in the men’s rankings, there was significant movement in the top-five below them. Augusta jumped up one spot to third, followed by a two-spot leap by UNC Pembroke. No jump was as impressive as Anderson (S.C.), who moved into fifth after coming in at ninth a week ago after defeating the likes of Columbus State and Mars Hill at the Furman XC Classic.

The women of Queens (N.C.) remain the team to beat in the Southeast Region, but Mount Olive moved up a spot to second after beating Anderson – who slipped to third – at the Furman XC Classic.

West Region

They’ve yet to compete this season, but Chico State is still favored in both the men’s and women’s rankings in the West Region. There were changes in the runner-up on both sides, as Simon Fraser’s women’s squad made a three-spot jump to second after posted a perfect score at the Ash Creek Invitational. Julia Howley led the way for the Clan with a time of 16:24.6.

The men’s programs from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Baptist moved up to second and third, respectively. Cal Poly Pomona won the Kim Duyst Invitational, while Cal Baptist defeated UC San Diego at the Lancer Invitational.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week #1 — September 12

national poll release: September 13
next regional release: September 19
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
2
3 Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. PSAC
3
4 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
4
5 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
9
6 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, Pa. PSAC
5
7 Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, Pa. PSAC
6
8 Gannon Erie, Pa. PSAC
NR
9 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
NR
10 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
8
Regional Championship History2016: Shippensburg, 2015: Shippensburg, 2014: Lock Haven, 2013: Lock Haven, 2012: Edinboro
CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
1
2 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
4
3 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
2
4 Northwest Missouri Maryville, Mo. MIAA
3
5 Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. MIAA
5
6 MSU Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. NSIC
NR
7 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
8
8 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
9
9 Neb.-Kearney Kearney, Neb. MIAA
6
10 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
10
Regional Championship History2016: 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
Last Week
1 American International Springfield, Mass. Northeast-10
1
2 Stonehill Easton, Mass. Northeast-10
2
3 Adelphi Garden City, N.Y. Northeast-10
4
4 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
3
5 Roberts Wesleyan Chili, N.Y. East Coast
5
6 Southern Connecticut New Haven, Conn. Northeast-10
9
7 Merrimack North Andover, Mass. Northeast-10
7
8 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
10
9 Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. Northeast-10
6
10 Assumption Worcester, Mass. Northeast-10
NR
Regional Championship History2016: American International, 2015: American International, 2014: American International, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: American International
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
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
4
5 Walsh North Canton, Ohio G-MAC
6
6 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. G-MAC
5
7 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
7
8 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
8
9 Michigan Tech Houghton, Mich. GLIAC
NR
10 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
10
Regional Championship History2016: 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
Last Week
1 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunshine
5
3 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
2
4 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
3
5 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
4
6 Christian Brothers Memphis, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
7 Nova Southeastern Davie, Fla. Sunshine
7
8 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
8
9 North Alabama Florence, Ala. Gulf South
NR
10 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
10
Regional Championship History2016: Lee (Tenn.), 2015: Saint Leo, 2014: Florida Southern, 2013: Florida Southern, 2012: Nova Southeastern
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
2
3 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
3
4 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
4
5 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
5
6 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
6
7 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
9
8 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
NR
9 Rogers State Claremore, Okla. Heartland Conference
NR
10 Black Hills State Spearfish, S.D. RMAC
8
Regional Championship History2016: Colorado Mines, 2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
1
2 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
2
3 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
4
4 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
6
5 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
9
6 Columbus State Columbus, Ga. Peach Belt
7
7 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
NR
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
5
9 Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. SAC
8
10 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Mount Olive, 2015: Mount Olive, 2014: Mars Hill, 2013: Mount Olive, 2012: Columbus State
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
3
3 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
4
4 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
5 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
9
6 Academy of Art San Francisco, Calif. PacWest
5
7 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
6
8 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
7
9 Cal State San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. CCAA
8
10 Western Oregon Monmouth, Ore. GNAC
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Chico State, 2015: Alaska Anchorage, 2014: Chico State, 2013: Chico State, 2012: Chico State

 

10Slippery RockSlippery Rock, Pa.PSAC

NR

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week #1 — September 12

national poll release: September 13
next regional release: September 19
ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Shippensburg Shippensburg, Pa. PSAC
1
2 Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. PSAC
3
3 California (Pa.) California, Pa. PSAC
2
4 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, W.Va. Mountain East
4
5 Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. PSAC
5
6 East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. PSAC
6
7 Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. PSAC
7
8 West Chester West Chester, Pa. PSAC
10
9 Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. PSAC
9
Regional Championship History2016: Shippensburg, 2015: California (Pa.), 2014: Edinboro, 2013: Edinboro, 2012: Shippensburg
CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 U-Mary Bismarck, N.D. NSIC
1
2 Minnesota Duluth Duluth, Minn. NSIC
2
3 Winona State Winona, Minn. NSIC
6
4 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. NSIC
4
5 Fort Hays State Hays, Kan. MIAA
7
6 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. NSIC
10
7 Pittsburg State Pittsburg, Kan. MIAA
5
8 Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. MIAA
NR
9 Southwest Baptist Bolivar, Mo. MIAA
3
10 Harding Searcy, Ark. Great American
NR
Regional Championship History2016: U-Mary, 2015: Southwest Baptist, 2014: Minnesota Duluth, 2013: Minnesota Duluth, 2012: Augustana (S.D.)
EAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
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
4
5 Daemen Amherst, N.Y. East Coast
5
6 Le Moyne Syracuse, N.Y. Northeast-10
6
7 St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) Sparkill, N.Y. East Coast
7
8 Jefferson (Pa.) Philadelphia, Pa. CACC
NR
9 Bentley Waltham, Mass. Northeast-10
8
10 Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. Northeast-10
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Stonehill, 2015: Stonehill, 2014: Roberts Wesleyan, 2013: Stonehill, 2012: Stonehill
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Cedarville Cedarville, Ohio G-MAC
3
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 Saginaw Valley State Bay City, Mich. GLIAC
NR
Regional Championship History2016: 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
Last Week
1 Saint Leo Saint Leo, Fla. Sunshine
1
2 Lee (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn. Gulf South
2
3 Montevallo (Ala.) Montevallo, Ala. Gulf South
3
4 Tampa Tampa, Fla. Sunshine
5
5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunshine
NR
6 Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. Gulf South
6
7 Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. Sunshine
7
8 Christian Brothers Memphis, Tenn. Gulf South
NR
9 Union (Tenn.) Jackson, Tenn. Gulf South
4
10 West Alabama Livingston, Ala. Gulf South
8
Regional Championship History2016: UPR Rio Piedras, 2015: Tampa, 2014: Tampa, 2013: Tampa, 2012: Tampa
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. RMAC
1
2 Western State Gunnison, Colo. RMAC
2
3 Colorado Mines Golden, Colo. RMAC
3
4 UC-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. RMAC
4
5 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas Heartland Conference
6
6 Fort Lewis Durango, Colo. RMAC
7
7 CSU-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. RMAC
5
8 West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas Lone Star
NR
9 Midwestern State Wichita Falls, Texas Lone Star
8
10 Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. RMAC
9
Regional Championship History2016: Adams State, 2015: Adams State, 2014: Adams State, 2013: Adams State, 2012: Adams State
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. SAC
1
2 Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. Conf. Carolinas
3
3 Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, S.C. SAC
2
4 North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga. Peach Belt
4
5 Wingate Wingate, N.C. SAC
5
6 Augusta Augusta, Ga. Peach Belt
6
7 Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. Peach Belt
9
8 Flagler St. Augustine, Fla. Peach Belt
7
9 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Peach Belt
8
10 Lenoir-Rhyne Hickory, N.C. SAC
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Montevallo (Ala.), 2015: Montevallo (Ala.), 2014: Montevallo (Ala.), 2013: Wingate, 2012: Columbus State
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chico State Chico, Calif. CCAA
1
2 Simon Fraser Burnaby, B.C. GNAC
5
3 Cal Baptist Riverside, Calif. PacWest
3
4 Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska GNAC
2
5 Cal Poly Pomona Pomona, Calif. CCAA
7
6 Point Loma Nazarene San Diego, Calif. PacWest
4
7 Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash. GNAC
8
8 Cal State San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. CCAA
6
9 Western Washington Bellingham, Wash. GNAC
9
10 UC San Diego La Jolla, Calif. CCAA
10
Regional Championship History2016: Chico State, 2015: Chico State, 2014: Simon Fraser, 2013: Alaska Anchorage, 2012: Chico State

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
Wed 9/27
Week 4Tue 10/3
Wed 10/4
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10
Wed 10/11
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24
Wed 10/25
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
Sat 11/18

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