2017 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll — Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – There’s a new king in town.

For the first time since the final week of the 2016 season, Colorado Mines shot to the top of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. That fact can be attributed to the outstanding weekend by the Orediggers in Chadron, Nebraska.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Colorado Mines Grand Valley State Adams State Chico State Mount Olive
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It was there that Colorado Mines captured the RMAC Cross Country Championship thanks to 1-2 finishes from juniors Grant Colligan (24:59.5) and Ricardo Ocampo (25:12.9). Additionally, four other runners finished within the top-10, while the Orediggers’ seventh runner wrapped up in 12th place. The Orediggers claimed all eight first-place votes in the rankings this week.

At the RMAC Championships, Colorado Mines defeated Adams State, who was knocked out of first place in the polls for the first time this season – and for just the 14th time in the last 80 polls. The Grizzlies slipped down to third, having been leapfrogged by both Colorado Mines and Grand Valley State. The Lakers captured the GLIAC Cross Country Championship to bump them up a spot from third.

Chico State held down its spot in fourth place coming off a CCAA Cross Country Championship-winning performance. The Wildcats’ Kyle Medina (24:16.3) and Connnor Fisher (24:23.4) finished 1-2 in that race, while the next five runners wrapped up inside the top-10.

The next four teams in the polls all moved up one spot from a week ago. Mount Olive (fifth), Cal Baptist (sixth), Augustana (S.D.) (seventh) and Southern Indiana (eighth) all moved ahead of Cal Poly Pomona (ninth), which fell four spots.

Mount Olive notched a perfect score at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships to put them back in fifth place after falling to sixth in the last poll. The Trojans’ Jonathan Dahlke (26:14.5) led the pack, but all five scorers finished within 1.3 seconds of one another.

Cal Baptist posted a victory at the PacWest Championships with rookie McMarshall Hartzenburg (24:53.7) winning that race to jump to sixth. Augustana (S.D.) picked up the win at the NSIC Championships while Austin Nolan’s (24:28.7) winning-performance at the GLVC Conference Championships allowed Southern Indiana to move up to eighth.

Cal Poly Pomona finished second to Chico State at the CCAA Cross Country Championships. Queens (N.C.) rounded out the top-10, winning the South Atlantic Championship.

Western State made a nice leap in the rankings, moving up six spots to 12th after a third-place finish at the RMAC Championships. The ranking is the highest on the season for the Wildcats.

Also moving up in the polls were Alaska Anchorage (t-16th), Shippensburg (20th) and Central Missouri (23rd), while Rogers State (21st), Simon Fraser (22nd) and American International (24th) all returned to the top-25.

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

2017 Week 6 - October 25th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
200
(8 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
187 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Damon Martin (23rd)
184 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
179 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
164 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (2)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
159 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (17th)
152 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (20th)
148 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (3)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
137 ▼ 4
(LW: 5)
10 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Kevin Licht (1st)
125 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
James Kearney (4th)
118 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
109 ▲ 6
(LW: 18)
13 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (4)
GNAC
Mike Johnson (14th)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Matt Morris (5th)
86 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 lindenwood LINDENWOOD
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Randy Cole (6th)
82 ▼ 4
(LW: 11)
16 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (5)
GNAC
Michael Friess (28th)
76 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
16 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
76 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
18 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
54 ▼ 3
(LW: 15)
19 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (6th)
46 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 shippensburg SHIPPENSBURG
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Steve Spence (20th)
44 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 rogers-state ROGERS STATE
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference
Chris McCormick (8th)
35
(LW: RV)
22 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (6)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (18th)
28 NR
23 central-missouri CENTRAL MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Kirk Pedersen (31st)
22 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
24 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10
Leo Mayo (12th)
21
(LW: RV)
25 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (6)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
20 ▼ 5
(LW: 20)

Also Receiving Votes: Malone 18, Academy of Art 12, Augusta 5, Edinboro 4, Bellarmine 2, Western Washington 2

Dropped Out: No. 21 UC San Diego, No. 23 Western Washington, No. 24 Academy of Art

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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