MEET PREVIEW: 2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Championships

Tickets to the 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be punched this weekend at the various Regional Championships.

QUICK LINK: REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

Here is a closer look at each of the regions, arranged by ranked teams in said regions. Those regions are listed alphabetically.

Remember: The top-3 teams from each region earn automatic bids to NCAAs, which will be held November 18 in Evansville, Indiana.

Atlantic Region

Location: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania | Host: Lock Haven
2016 Champions: Shippensburg (Men), Shippensburg (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 20 Shippensburg None

Central Region

Location: Kearney, Nebraska | Host: Nebraska-Kearney
2016 Champions: Augustana (S.D.) (Men), U-Mary (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) No. 6 Pittsburg State
No. 15 Lindenwood No. 7 U-Mary
No. 23 Central Missouri No. 14 Oklahoma Baptist
No. 17 Minnesota Duluth
No. 20 Augustana (S.D.)

East Region

Location: Amherst, New York | Host: Daemen
2016 Champions: American Int’l (Men), Stonehill (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 18 Stonehill No. 25 Stonehill
No. 24 American Int’l

Midwest Region

Location: Cedarville, Ohio | Host: Cedarville
2016 Champions: GVSU (Men), GVSU (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 2 Grand Valley State No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 8 Southern Indiana No. 8 Hillsdale
No. 11 Lewis No. 10 Walsh
No. 19 Walsh No. 17 Northern Michigan
No. 23 Southern Indiana
No. 25 Malone

South Region

Location: Lakeland, Florida | Host: Florida Southern
2016 Champions: Lee (Tenn.) (Men), UPR Rio Piedras (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 16 Lee (Tenn.) No. 15 Lee (Tenn.)

South Central Region

Location: Canyon, Texas | Host: West Texas A&M
2016 Champions: Colorado Mines (Men), Adams State (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 1 Colorado Mines No. 3 Adams State
No. 3 Adams State No. 11 Colorado Mines
No. 12 Western State No. 13 Dallas Baptist
No. 14 CSU-Pueblo No. 19 UC-Colo. Springs
No. 21 Rogers State No. 24 Western State
No. 25 Dallas Baptist

Southeast Region

Location: Westgate, North Carolina | Host: Wingate
2016 Champions: Mount Olive (Men), Montevallo (Ala.) (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 5 Mount Olive No. 16 Queens (N.C.)
No. 10 Queens (N.C.) No. 21 Mount Olive

West Region

Location: Monmouth, Oregon | Host: Western Oregon
2016 Champions: Chico State (Men), Chico State (Women)
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
No. 4 Chico State No. 1 Cal Baptist
No. 6 Cal Baptist No. 4 Alaska Anchorage
No. 9 Cal Poly Pomona No. 5 Chico State
No. 13 Western Oregon No. 9 Simon Fraser
No. 16 Alaska Anchorage No. 12 Cal State San Marcos
No. 22 Simon Fraser No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona

If you can’t tell, there is some serious competition for those automatic bids in the Midwest Region, South Central Region and West Region. There are a total of 10, 11 and 12 ranked teams, respectively, in those regions. No region has more top-10 teams than the West Region, which is home to three on each side.

Check back in next week as we’ll name All-Region athletes on Monday, hand out Regional Awards on Tuesday and release the final National Coaches’ Polls of the season on Wednesday.