2018 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – As the NCAA Division II Pre-Nationals are just a few days away there wasn’t much movement to be had in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s National Coaches’ Poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

Teams are starting to gear up for the championships season and a lot of the nation’s best will be at the Rock Pre-Nationals hosted by Slippery Rock University this Saturday at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The men’s 8K race will get started at 10:30 a.m. EST and will be followed by the women’s 6K race at 11:30 a.m.

The site serves as the host of the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday, December 1.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Colorado 5)Syracuse)
Adams State Grand Valley State Colorado Mines Chico State Western State

Adams State kept the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive week to open the year after once again receiving all eight first-place votes. The Grizzlies wrapped up their regular-season portion of the schedule with a fourth-place finish at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open this past weekend. They did not run their top unit at the meet.

Adams State has now matched it six-week run atop the charts it accomplished during last year. The team will be back in action with the running of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on November 3.

Grand Valley State remained in the No. 2 spot after a second-place finish in the red race of the Bradley Pink Classic. They were the top Division II program at the meet and will be off until the GLIAC Conference Championships on November 3.

Also staying put was No. 3 Colorado Mines after taking tenth overall at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open this past weekend. They too did not run their top scoring unit. The Orediggers will be at Pre-Nationals this weekend.

Holding in No. 4 was Chico State after the group won the invitational race (and the open race) at the Bronco Invitational. The Wildcats will have one more regular season meet with the Doc Adams Open on November 3.

Dropping one from a tie last week was No. 5 Western State. The Mountaineers were off from competition this past weekend and will run at its 68th W Mountain Race on Saturday.

Improving one to the No. 6 spot was Queens (N.C.) after it won the team title at its Royals Cross Country Challenge this past Friday. The program will be heading to compete at Pre-Nationals this Saturday.

Dropping one to No. 7 was Augustana (S.D.) after the Vikings took second at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational over the weekend. The group will have one last regular season meet with the Mount Marty Invite this Saturday.

Holding at No. 8 was Simon Fraser after another off week from competition. The Clan haven’t raced since a third-place finish at the Conference Crossover Invitational in early October and will be back in action this Saturday with the Western Washington University Classic.  

The biggest improvement in the poll belonged with No. 9 Mount Olive who shot all the way into the top-10 after being unranked the previous week. The Trojans finished second at the Royals Cross Country Challenge this past week and will race this Saturday at Pre-Nationals.

Falling one to round out the top-10 was No. 10 Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals were off from competition and will run again this Saturday at the Wayne State Warrior Challenge.

The largest improvement other than Mount Olive made from the week before was just a two-spot gain by No. 15 Walsh. Two other programs gained one spot while 16 teams experienced a small drop in rank. The biggest fall was just four positions.

In total 21 of the top-25 programs experienced some sort of change even if none of them were very big.

Also new to the poll this week was No. 23 Alabama-Huntsville, No. 25 Southern Indiana and No. 25 Edinboro. It a new program high for Alabama-Huntsville.

Alaska Anchorage, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), West Texas A&M and Augusta received votes.

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

2018 Week 5 - October 17th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Damon Martin (24th)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (20th)
189 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (4)
Chris Siemers (7th)
187 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (23rd)
175 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (2)
Jennifer Michel (12th)
166 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Tom Scott (1st)
156 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC (2)
Tracy Hellman (18th)
155 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (19th)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conference Carolinas (1)
Matt Van Lierop (10th)
137 NR
10 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (2)
GLIAC (2)
Rod Cowan (9th)
131 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 csu-pueblo CSU-PUEBLO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (3)
Matt Morris (6th)
120 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference (1)
Jacob Phillips (14th)
108 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (3)
CCAA (3)
Chris Bradford (2nd)
98 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (3rd)
97 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC (2)
Rob Mizicko (7th)
84 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (3)
NSIC (1)
Doug Petersen (3rd)
73 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (6)
RMAC (5)
Mark Misch (12th)
71 ▼ 3
(LW: 14)
17 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (5th)
71 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
19 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
GNAC (3)
Pee Wee Halsell (32nd)
51 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (2)
Karen Boen (21st)
41 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC (1)
Jack Hazen (52nd)
40 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (5)
CCAA (4)
Nate Garcia (12th)
33 ▼ 4
(LW: 18)
23 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC (3)
David Cain (21st)
14 NR
24 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10 (3)
Leo Mayo (13th)
12 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (21st)
9
(LW: RV)
25 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC (1)
Clayton Foster (1st)
9
(LW: RV)
25 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (7)
GNAC (4)
Mike Johnson (15th)
9 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)

Also Receiving Votes: Alaska Anchorage 7, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 7, West Texas A&M 6, Augusta 1

Dropped Out: No. 22 Alaska Anchorage, No. 24 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

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