2018 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – There was big movement once again 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.

Twelve of the top-17 teams saw change which included six of the top-10 programs.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Colorado 4)Syracuse)
Adams State Grand Valley State Colorado Mines Chico State Western State

Adams State was selected as the No. 1 team in the nation for the fifth consecutive week to open the 2018 season, once again collecting all eight first-place votes. The Grizzlies were off from competition but will return to the course this weekend with the running of the Fort Hays State Tiger Open on Saturday.

Adams State is trying to match last year’s run of six-straight weeks to open a season atop the poll.

Grand Valley State held in the No. 2 spot after also not racing this past weekend. The Lakers will return to the course at the Jayhawk Invitational this Friday.

Falling to the No. 3 spot was Colorado Mines although it wasn’t much of a decline as they were just tied for second with Grand Valley State last week. The Orediggers will meet up with South Central Region rival Adams State at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open this weekend.

Chico State remained at No. 4 after also being idle. The program will be back with the Bronco Invitational on Saturday.

Improving one into a tie for No. 4 was Western State after an impressive showing at the Lewis Conference Crossover Invitational this past weekend. The Mountaineers scored 84 points and were led by Taylor Stack in fifth-place.

No. 6 Augustana (S.D.) remained in its previous rank after being off from competition. The Vikings head to the Wisconsin-LA Crosse Invitational this weekend.

Shooting up four spots to No. 7 was Queens (N.C.) after a second-place finish at the Conference Crossover. The group scored 115 points and placed four runners in the top-26 of the meet. Daniel Wallis paced the group with a sixth-place performance.

Coming in behind them in No. 8 was Simon Fraser after a five-spot improvement from the week before. The Clan placed third at the Conference Crossover with 127 points. The unit had three athletes finish in the top-20 and was led by Rowan Doherty in ninth overall. It is the new highest mark received by the program in school history.

Moving up three into No. 9 was Saginaw Valley State who was off from competition this past weekend. It ties the second-best mark received in program history. The group will race again at the Jayhawk Invitational on Friday.

Rounding out the top-10 was No. 10 CSU-Pueblo after a fifth-place showing at the Conference Crossover. The ThunderWolves will be off until the RMAC Championships in early November.

Six of the next seven teams and eight squads overall from No. 11-21 saw movement with the biggest improvement in the poll belonging to No. 12 Cal Poly Pomona after shooting up eight spots. The Broncos took fifth at the Capital Cross Challenge this past weekend and knocked off 10 Division I teams at the meet in the process.

No. 11 Dallas Baptist (up two spots), No. 12 Missouri Southern (up three spots), No. 15 Lee (Tenn./up two spots), No. 15 Sioux Falls (up one spot), No. 17 Walsh (up two spots), No. 20 Malone (up one spot) and No. 21 Stonehill (up three spots) also improved in that range of programs.

In total 17 of the previous top-25 teams had movement. New to the poll this week was No. 14 UC-Colorado Springs, No. 18 UC San Diego and No. 19 Western Washington. Out of those teams only Western Washington received votes in the previous poll.

Black Hills State, Southern Indiana, Edinboro and Augusta also received votes.

Be sure to keeping checking in with the poll as more change is expected with another big race weekend this week along with Pre-Nationals just around the corner on October 20 at Slippery Rock.

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 4 - October 10th

1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Damon Martin (24th)
(8 fpv)
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Jerry Baltes (20th)
189 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (4)
Chris Siemers (7th)
187 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (23rd)
172 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
4 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (2)
Jennifer Michel (12th)
172 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
6 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC (2)
Tracy Hellman (18th)
158 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Tom Scott (1st)
154 ▲ 4
(LW: 11)
8 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (19th)
144 ▲ 5
(LW: 13)
9 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Rod Cowan (9th)
136 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (3)
Matt Morris (6th)
127 ▼ 3
(LW: 7)
11 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference (1)
Jacob Phillips (14th)
118 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (3)
CCAA (3)
Chris Bradford (2nd)
101 ▲ 8
(LW: 20)
12 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (3rd)
101 ▲ 3
(LW: 15)
14 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (6)
RMAC (5)
Mark Misch (12th)
83 NR
15 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (3)
NSIC (1)
Doug Petersen (3rd)
81 ▲ 1
(LW: 16)
15 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (5th)
81 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
17 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC (2)
Rob Mizicko (7th)
78 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (5)
CCAA (4)
Nate Garcia (12th)
70 NR
19 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
GNAC (3)
Pee Wee Halsell (32nd)
(LW: RV)
20 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC (1)
Jack Hazen (52nd)
49 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (2)
Karen Boen (21st)
39 ▲ 3
(LW: 24)
22 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (6)
GNAC (1)
Michael Friess (29th)
20 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10 (3)
Leo Mayo (13th)
16 ▼ 5
(LW: 18)
24 embry-riddle-fla EMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
South Region (2)
Sunshine (1)
Michael Rosolino (16th)
12 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
24 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (7)
GNAC (4)
Mike Johnson (15th)
12 ▼ 14
(LW: 10)

Also Receiving Votes: Southern Indiana 11, Black Hills State 11, Edinboro 7, Augusta 2

Dropped Out: No. 8 Southern Indiana, No. 9 Mount Olive, No. 23 Edinboro

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

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