2019 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS — After winning the first national men’s cross country title in program history, the Grand Valley State Lakers enter the 2019 season as the No. 1 team in NCAA’s Division II according to a poll of coaches released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
Western Colorado
Colo. School of Mines
Chico State
Adams State
1
Grand Valley State
2
Western Colorado
3
Colo. School of Mines
4
Chico State
5
Adams State
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

GVSU enjoys its first preseason No. 1 plaudit in program history and is listed in the top spot in the poll overall for the first time since 2015.

After the Lakers, RMAC — Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — programs hold the No. 2, 3, 5, and 10 spots.

At No. 2, Western Colorado earns its best preseason ranking since 2013 after notching a third-place finish at last year’s NCAA championships.

Colorado School of Mines assumes the No. 3 spot in the preseason for the third-consecutive year. The 2015 national champion Orediggers have compiled seven podium finishes at the NCAA championships this decade and finished runner-up in 2018.

It’s a broken record for Chico State at No. 4. They’ve assumed that exact position in the preseason for the sixth time in seven years. After placing seventh last year, the Wildcats look to jump back on the NCAA’s podium for the first time since 2016.

For the first time since 2002, No. 5 Adams State sits outside the top two in the preseason poll. The winners of eight national crowns since 2008, the Grizzlies placed fourth at the 2018 national meet.

At No. 6, Missouri Southern has produced its best showing in the poll since they were No. 5 in the 2001 preseason tally. While starting last year at No. 20, the Lions climbed to a season-best No. 7 at year’s end, ultimately finishing 11th at the national championships.

Coming off its best national finish in program history in fifth-place, Sioux Falls at No. 7 hits an all-time program best ranking. 

More all-time bests were set by No. 15 Charleston (W.Va.) and No. 20 Michigan Tech. 

The South Central region with six in the national top 25 leads among all regions. The Midwest and West regions follow close behind with five teams each in the listing. 

The RMAC leads the way among conferences with five listed in the top 25, including three-of-the-top-five spots with No. 2 Western Colorado, No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, and No. 5 Adams State. The GLIAC and GNAC each have three in the preseason order.

The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are slated for Saturday, November 23rd in Sacramento, Calif. The national poll has no bearance on selection for the national meet.

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

2019 Preseason - August 28th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2018
FINAL
1 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (21st)
197
(6 fpv)
1
2 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (13th)
191
(1 fpv)
3
3 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (8th)
186
(1 fpv)
2
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (24th)
173 7
5 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Damon Martin (25th)
172 4
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (4th)
158 11
7 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Doug Petersen (4th)
149 5
8 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (2)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (10th)
145 6
9 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (3)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (19th)
133 10
10 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Mark Misch (13th)
121 12
11 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (22nd)
119 19
12 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Tom Scott (2nd)
106 9
13 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (20th)
101 14
14 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (5)
Lone Star
Jake Krolick (3rd)
97 15
15 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East
Nick Bias (6th)
86 22
16 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (6th)
78 23
17 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (3)
GNAC
Ryan McWilliams (1st)
74 8
18 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (22nd)
63 21
19 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conference Carolinas
Jackie Kirby (1st)
60 13
20 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC
Jake Issacson (3rd)
50 ---
21 black-hills-state BLACK HILLS STATE
South Central Region (6)
RMAC
Scott Walkinshaw (22nd)
42 16
22 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (8th)
33 18
23 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (4)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (3rd)
26 25
24 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (33rd)
11 26
25 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (2)
PSAC
Clayton Foster (2nd)
10 31

Also Receiving Votes: Augusta 9, Southern Connecticut 6, UNC Pembroke 2, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1, MSU Moorhead 1

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27Wed 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 5: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/17Wed 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 19: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/24
Wed 9/25
Week 3Tue 10/1
Wed 10/2
Week 4Tue 10/8
Wed 10/9
Week 5Tue 10/15
Wed 10/16
Oct. 25-27: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/29
Wed 10/30
Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/13
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Sacramento, Calif.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/9
Sat 11/23
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