2018 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – After one of the biggest weekends in the collegiate cross country season, there was finally movement in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

In total 18 of the previous top-25 teams saw change in this week’s poll and while a new No. 1 was not crowned, seven of the top-10 teams experienced movement.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 4)Colorado 5)Syracuse)
Adams State Grand Valley State Colorado Mines Chico State Western State

The No. 1 spot in the country remained with Adams State after it once again received all eight first place votes. The Grizzlies placed third as a team at the Stanford Invitational this past weekend and were led by Sydney Gidabuday, who finished second overall and was named National Athlete of the Week.

Adams State scored 75 points in Palo Alto, California, and finished higher in the team standings than numerous NCAA Division I programs. The only teams that beat them at the meet was NCAA DI nationally-ranked No. 5 Stanford and No. 25 UCLA.

This is the fourth consecutive week that Adams State has unanimously been selected for the top spot.

Improving one spot into a tie for No. 2 is Grand Valley State. The Lakers are fresh off a win at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational, in which they placed all five of their scoring athletes in the top-25. Zach Panning led the charge as he collected the meet’s individual title.

Remaining at No. 2, albeit this time in a tie, is Colorado Mines which has been off from competition since a win at the Colorado College Invitational in early September. They will meet Mountain Region rival and current top-ranked Adams State in their next meet at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open on October 13.

Jumping up one to No. 4 is Chico State after winning the Capital Cross Challenge for the third-straight year. Eddie King paced the way for the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish. It was the first race of the season for Chico State.

Dropping one but remaining in the top-five is No. 5 Western State who was off from competition this past weekend. The Mountaineers won its Mountaineer/Cowboy Classic their last time out and will race again at the Lewis University Conference Cross-Over on October 6.

Augustana (S.D.) held in the No. 6 spot in the poll after the program won the Maroon Division III race at the Roy Griak Invitational over the weekend. Nathan Schroeder led the way with a fifth-place finish.

No. 7 CSU-Pueblo, No. 8 Southern Indiana, No. 9 Mount Olive and No. 10 Western Oregon all improved one spot from the previous poll.

CSU-Pueblo was off from competition this past weekend while Southern Indiana finished 22nd out of 45 teams in the blue race at the Louisville Classic, Mount Olive took 16th out of 41 teams at the Paul Short Run Invitational and Western Oregon sent a small batch of athletes to run at the Charles Bowles Willameete Invite.

The largest gain in the poll belonged to a four-spot improvement by No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona after a fifth-place finish at the Capital Cross Challenge. The only new team to join the top-25 was No. 25 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) after receiving votes in the previous poll. It is the first time Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been ranked in program history.

Western Washington, West Texas A&M, Cedarville and Augusta also received votes.

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

2018 Week 3 - October 3rd

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (24th)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (20th)
188 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
2 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (7th)
188 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (23rd)
174 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (12th)
170 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (18th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Matt Morris (6th)
151 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (21st)
144 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (10th)
136 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (2)
GNAC
Mike Johnson (15th)
126 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Tom Scott (1st)
122 ▼ 4
(LW: 7)
12 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (9th)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (3)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (19th)
95 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
13 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (14th)
95 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
15 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (3rd)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (3)
NSIC
Doug Petersen (3rd)
78 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (5th)
72 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Leo Mayo (13th)
71 ▼ 3
(LW: 15)
19 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (7th)
55 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (4)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (2nd)
54 ▲ 4
(LW: 24)
21 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Jack Hazen (52nd)
33 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (5)
GNAC
Michael Friess (29th)
31 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Clayton Foster (1st)
21 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (21st)
16 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 embry-riddle-fla EMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
South Region (2)
Sunshine
Michael Rosolino (16th)
13
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Western Washington 6, West Texas A&M 3, Cedarville 3, Augusta 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Western Washington

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
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Wed 8/29
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Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/19
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Sep. 13: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/25
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Wed 9/26
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Week 3Tue 10/2
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Wed 10/3
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Week 4Tue 10/9
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Wed 10/10
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Week 5Tue 10/16
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Wed 10/17
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Oct. 20: Pre-National
Week 6Tue 10/23
Wed 10/24
Nov. 2-4: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/6
Wed 11/7
Nov. 17-18: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Wed 11/21
Dec. 1: NCAA DII Champs, Pittsburgh, Pa.
FINAL ResultsSun 11/18
Sun 12/2
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