2017 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll — Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – There was a slew of upheaval in the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll. The same could not be said for the men’s rankings.

Besides some minor shuffling amongst the top-10 teams, this week’s poll that was announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday is reminiscent of the poll from a week ago.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Adams State Colorado Mines Grand Valley State Chico State Cal Poly Pomona
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Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Baptist were the only teams to make a significant push in the top-10, as both jumped two spots to fifth and seventh, respectively. The former of the two teams was idle this past weekend, while the Lancers finished second at the highly-competitive Lewis Crossover. McMarshall Hartzenburg paced the squad in Romeoville, Illinois, finishing third with a time of 24:57.1.

The top-four teams in the polls remained in place, with Adams State picking up all eight first-place votes for its sixth-straight first-place ranking. The Grizzlies competed at the Fort Hays Open last weekend and were led by Chandler Reid (24:52.4 – second). An idle Colorado Mines stayed put in second place, while Grand Valley State and Chico State held onto third and fourth, respectively.

GVSU won the Lewis Crossover thanks in large part to a runner-up finish by Wuoi Mach (24:48.3), while the Wildcats of Chico State won the 44th Annual Western Washington University Cross Country Classic on the backs of seven top-eight performances, including Connor Fisher’s (31:37.8) victory.

Augustana (S.D.) (eighth) and Queens (N.C.) (10th) remained did not move in the rankings, while Mount Olive dropped one spot to sixth and Southern Indiana fell three spots to ninth to round out the top-10.

Western Oregon set a new program-best ranking by coming in at a tie for 13th this week. Stonehill also made a significant jump in the rankings by moving up eight spots to 15th for its best ranking since coming in at 15th during the sixth week of the 2012 campaign.

Three new teams made their season-debuts in the rankings this week in Lindenwood (11th), Western Washington (23rd) and Central Missouri (25th). Lindenwood’s rise to 11th can be attributed to defeating five nationally-ranked teams at the Lewis Crossover. Western Washington finished second behind Chico State at its home meet and Central Missouri was third at the Fort Hays Open.

Additionally, Walsh and Academy of Art returned to the rankings this week after strong showings at the Lewis Crossover. Walsh fell out a week ago, but returns at 19th after placing seventh at the aforementioned meet. Academy of Art hasn’t seen its name in the rankings since the preseason poll, but comes in a 24th this week after finishing just two points behind Walsh, despite a first-place finish by senior Gatien Airiau (24:42.8).

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

2017 Week 5 - October 11th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (23rd)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
191 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
184 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
177 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (2)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
162 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
160 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (3)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
152 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (17th)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (20th)
142 ▼ 3
(LW: 6)
10 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Kevin Licht (1st)
122 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 lindenwood LINDENWOOD
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Randy Cole (6th)
108
(LW: RV)
11 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
James Kearney (4th)
108 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
13 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Matt Morris (5th)
91 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
13 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (4)
GNAC
Mike Johnson (14th)
91 ▲ 4
(LW: 17)
15 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
90 ▲ 8
(LW: 23)
16 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
80 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (5)
GNAC
Michael Friess (28th)
77 ▼ 4
(LW: 13)
18 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
64 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (6th)
45 NR
20 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
43 ▼ 4
(LW: 16)
21 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (6)
CCAA
Nate Garcia (11th)
42 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
22 shippensburg SHIPPENSBURG
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Steve Spence (20th)
40 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (7)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (31st)
25 NR
24 academy-of-art ACADEMY OF ART
West Region (8)
PacWest
Torrey Olson (3rd)
16 NR
25 central-missouri CENTRAL MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Kirk Pedersen (31st)
12
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Rogers State 11, American International 8, Missouri Southern 6, Malone 5, Augusta 5

Dropped Out: No. 15 Bellarmine, No. 19 American International, No. 21 Rogers State, No. 22 Missouri Southern, No. 25 Malone

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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