2017 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Pre-Championships
NEW ORLEANS – With the most important race of the season right around the corner, Adams State turned on the afterburners to reclaim first place in the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.
The Grizzlies put together its finest performance of the season at the South Central Regionals last weekend, scoring 35 points to outpace Colorado Mines – who dropped to second in the rankings – by three points for the regional title. That allowed Adams State to climb back into first place in the rankings – announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday – a week after slipping to third. Adams State garnered all eight first-place votes.
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Eight of the top-10 finishers at the South Central Regional hailed from either Adams State or Colorado Mines, including regional champion Lucio Ramirez of Adams State. With No. 11 Western State also qualifying for the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships, scheduled for Nov. 18 in Evansville, Indiana, the South Central Regional featured some of the heaviest hitters that will compete for a national title in a little over a week.
Rounding out the top-five on the week were Grand Valley State, Chico State and Southern Indiana.
GVSU claimed the Midwest Region team title, led by Wuoi Mach (31:33.5 – fifth). Southern Indiana returned to the top-five after finishing as a runner up to the Lakers with 72 points. The Screaming Eagles had fallen as far as ninth in the rankings just two polls ago before moving up to eighth in the last rankings.
Chico State remained in fourth after taking home the West Region team championship. The Wildcats got three top-10 performances, including a runner-up finish from Kyle Medina (29:57.5) out in Monmouth, Oregon.
Cal Baptist and Augustana (S.D.) tied for sixth in the rankings this week after a runner-up finish in the West Region and a victory in the Central Region, respectively. Queens (N.C.) and Lewis both jumped up one spot to ninth and tenth, respectively, this week, while Mount Olive fell three spots to eighth.
West Texas A&M saw a huge boost in the rankings thanks to a fourth-place finish at the West Regionals. The Buffs jumped all the way to 13th after having gone unranked across the last five polls.
Missouri Southern (18th) and Bellarmine also returned to the rankings after a brief hiatus on the outside-looking-in. Missouri Southern placed second at the Central Regional, while Bellarmine put together a fifth-place performance at the Central Regional on the heels of a runner-up finish by Chris Striegel (31:24.8).
Also moving up more than one spot in the rankings on the week were Walsh (five spots up to 14th), Stonehill (two spots up to 16th), Shippensburg (three spots up to 17th) and Dallas Baptist (three spots up to 22nd).