2019 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Division II Men’s National Coaches’ Poll is starting to things shake up as we move into October, as released by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday afternoon.

While the top-5 are familiar faces, other teams are starting to make their jump up the national leaderboard.

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

Colorado School of Mines remained the unanimous No. 1 team for the third consecutive week after receiving all eight first place votes. The Orediggers haven’t competed since their dominating season opener at the UCCS Rust Buster, and are expected to return to the course this weekend at Arkansas’s Chile Pepper Festival.

Chico State moved up one spot to come in at No. 2 this week for the first time since 2015.. The Wildcats were the top DII school at the Capital Cross Challenge, finishing second overall to DI Cal Poly.

No. 3 Western Colorado fell one place due to Chico’s rise, and will return to competition at Chile Pepper since competing September 14 at the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite.

No. 4 Grand Valley State and No. 5 Adams State remained steady for the second and fourth week, respectively. The Lakers were led to a second place team finish in a D1 field by individual winner Tanner Chada, the newly minted National Athlete of the Week, at the Ohio State Buckeye Preview. The Grizzlies previously placed second at the Colorado College Invitational on September 14, and will travel across the country to DI Lehigh University in Pennsylvania for the Paul Short Run.

The biggest move in this week’s polls came from Charleston (W.V.), shooting up 11 spots from No. 20 to No. 9 for their highest placement in program history. The Golden Eagles are following a strong performance at the Trevecca Nazarene DII Showcase, placing second by one point to No. 8 Southern Indiana.

Also setting a new program benchmark is No. 11 Lee (Tenn.). The Flames jumped up five spots from a week ago after a solid third place outing at the DII Showcase to finish ahead of now No. 12 UC-Colorado Springs by three points.

Moving up into the top-25 from the land of receiving votes for their highest ranking since 2016 is No. 14 UC San Diego. The Tritons placed third at the Capital Cross Challenge behind Chico State and ahead of No. 16 Queens (N.C.), who moved up three spots this week. Alabama-Huntsville dominated the UAH Chargers XC Open and gained two spots to come in at No. 20 for their highest showing in program history.

No. 21 Cal Poly Ponoma is rejoining the top-25 since the preseason, and No. 24 Cal State Stanislaus is nationally ranked for the first time in school history.

The next National Coaches’ Poll will be released on October 9.Be sure to check back throughout the season until November 23, when the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, California.

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

2019 Week 3 - October 2nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (8th)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (24th)
188 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (13th)
186 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (21st)
176 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Damon Martin (25th)
170 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA
Jamie Burnham (4th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (19th)
152 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (22nd)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East
Nick Bias (6th)
132 ▲ 11
(LW: 20)
10 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC
Jake Issacson (3rd)
129 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (6th)
122 ▲ 5
(LW: 16)
12 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Mark Misch (13th)
114 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (5)
Lone Star
Jake Krolick (3rd)
99 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (2)
CCAA
Nate Garcia (13th)
92
(LW: RV)
15 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA
Nick Gibson (2nd)
89 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Tom Scott (2nd)
80 ▲ 3
(LW: 19)
17 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (8th)
71 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (4)
NSIC
Doug Petersen (4th)
64 ▼ 7
(LW: 11)
19 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (3)
CCAA
Torrey Olson (2nd)
55 ▼ 4
(LW: 15)
20 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC
David Cain (22nd)
41 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (4)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (3rd)
37 NR
21 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (5)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (10th)
37 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
23 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conference Carolinas
Jackie Kirby (1st)
27 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 cal-state-stanislaus CAL STATE STANISLAUS
West Region (5)
CCAA
Darren Holman (4th)
16
(LW: RV)
25 southern-connecticut SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
John Wallin (10th)
11 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)

Also Receiving Votes: Biola (Calif.) 4, Colorado Christian 2, Wayne State (Mich.) 2, Malone 1

Dropped Out: No. 12 Alaska Anchorage, No. 18 Biola (Calif.), No. 25 Colorado Christian

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 9/24Wed 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 10/1Wed 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/8Wed 10/9
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/15Wed 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
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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