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

NEW ORLEANS–It’s time to toe the line! The NCAA Division II cross country season begins this weekend, and, according to a panel of the nation’s coaches, the Adams State University Grizzlies, begin the season as the No. 1 team in the country. Defending national champion Grand Valley State was ordered at No. 2 to start the season.

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

ASU’s women are No. 1 for the ninth-straight poll. They entered last year’s national championships with the top rank, but finished third on the final podium. The members of the polls committee voted unanimously for the squad as their No. 1.

The defending national champion Grand Valley State Lakers earned the unanimous runner-up slot in the poll, matching last year’s preseason ranking. GVSU and head coach Jerry Baltes have won six national women’s cross country titles this decade (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018). 

Western Colorado lands No. 3 in the preseason poll for the third-straight year. The Mountaineers have finished on the national podium six times this decade, including their fourth-place showing in 2018.

At No. 4, Colorado School of Mines lands its all-time best ranking, coming off their fifth-place performance at last year’s national championships. 

No. 5 U-Mary rounds out the top five with back-to-back, national runner-up performances in its most recent history.

At No. 12, Michigan Tech enjoys its all-time best spot in the national poll after finishing seventh in its first national meet in program history. The program was ranked 24th in the 2018 preseason poll. 

The Midwest region, led by No. 2 GVSU, leads the eight regions with seven listed in the preseason top 25. It’s the most for the conference since they had the same tally in the 2016 week three poll. The South Central and Central regions follow with four teams apiece.

Both the RMAC and GNAC have four teams in the national poll. The GLIAC and G-MAC each chime in with three.

Looking ahead, 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
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Preseason - August 28th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2018
FINAL
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (32nd)
200
(8 fpv)
3
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (21st)
192 1
3 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (13th)
181 4
4 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (8th)
174 5
5 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Dennis Newell (14th)
173 2
6 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (24th)
160 8
7 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (2)
GNAC
Ryan McWilliams (1st)
152 6
8 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (3)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (20th)
143 9
9 seattle-pacific SEATTLE PACIFIC
West Region (4)
GNAC
Karl Lerum (7th)
133 15
10 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (19th)
125 18
11 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC
Andrew Towne (9th)
122 19
12 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC
Jake Issacson (3rd)
109 7
13 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (8th)
98 12
14 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (6th)
96 29
15 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (5th)
87 11
16 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (23rd)
76 ---
17 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (33rd)
71 20
18 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Russ Jewett (34th)
62 13
19 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC
Grant Lofdahl (3rd)
55 ---
20 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Tom Scott (2nd)
52 10
21 oklahoma-baptist OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
Central Region (4)
GAC
Matt Kennedy (6th)
31 16
22 roberts-wesleyan ROBERTS WESLEYAN
East Region (1)
ECC
Andrew Dorr (9th)
30 21
23 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Clayton Foster (2nd)
26 23
24 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC
Jack Hazen (29th)
23 ---
25 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (2)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (22nd)
13 14

Also Receiving Votes: Black Hills State 9, Southwest Baptist 4, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 2, Indianapolis 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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