2019 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – 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 saw some teams continue to make strides in the standings.

The top-5 remained in the same order for the second straight week, and nine teams continued to rise in the rankings from a week ago following the last weekend of heavy action as teams begin preparing for conferences.

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Adams State
Chico State
Grand Valley State
Western Colorado
1
Colo. School of Mines
2
Adams State
3
Chico State
4
Grand Valley State
5
Western Colorado
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The usual suspects continue to makeup the landscape for the top-5. For the fifth consecutive week, Colorado School of Mines is the overwhelming favorite after receiving all eight first-place votes.

The top-10 saw one team rise and two new faces in this week’s edition of the poll. No. 6 Missouri Southern moved up one spot following a second-place finish to No. 2 Grand Valley State at the Lewis Crossover. Lee (Tenn.) achieved its highest ranking in program history by moving up three spots to No. 9 following a team title at the Royals XC Challenge, while Michigan Tech moved up one spot to No. 10.

For the third time this season, Northwest Missouri continued to raise raising its standard, moving one spot up to No. 12 and setting a new program benchmark. The Bearcats were off this past weekend, but are coming off of their showing at the Chile Pepper Festival.

Some of the bigger jumps in the poll comes in the middle of the pack. Alabama-Huntsville climbed six spots from No. 19 to No. 13, Mount Olive comes in with the largest jump of seven spots to No. 14, and Sioux Falls climbed five spots to No. 15.

Both Alabama-Huntsville and Sioux Falls were in competition at the Lewis Crossover and finished in fifth and sixth, respectively. This is the Chargers highest national ranking in program history.

Over at the Royals XC Challenge, the Trojans placed second to Lee (Tenn.) at the Royals XC Challenge by 23 points and finishing ahead of third-place Queens (N.C.) (No. 18) and fourth-place Charleston (W.VA.) (No. 17).

Colorado Christian rejoins the poll, this time coming in at a program-high No. 21. The Cougars knocked off teams from the Midwest and Central regions to earn the nod back into the top-25. 

The next National Coaches’ Poll will be released on October 30 following Conference Championship weekend.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 5 - October 16th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Chris Siemers (8th)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (25th)
192 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (24th)
182 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (21st)
177 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (13th)
168 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (4th)
161 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (19th)
152 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (22nd)
139 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (2)
Caleb Morgan (6th)
134 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC (2)
Jake Issacson (3rd)
125 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (4)
Lone Star (1)
Jake Krolick (3rd)
121 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA (2)
Nick Gibson (2nd)
107 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (2)
GSC (1)
David Cain (22nd)
97 ▲ 6
(LW: 19)
14 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conference Carolinas (1)
Jackie Kirby (1st)
95 ▲ 7
(LW: 21)
15 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (4)
NSIC (3)
Doug Petersen (4th)
84 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (13th)
82 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (6th)
73 ▼ 8
(LW: 9)
18 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC (1)
Tom Scott (2nd)
71 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (2)
CCAA (3)
Nate Garcia (13th)
69 ▼ 5
(LW: 14)
20 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (3)
CCAA (2)
Torrey Olson (2nd)
51 ▼ 2
(LW: 18)
21 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (6)
RMAC (7)
John Poag (6th)
36 NR
22 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (4)
CCAA (4)
Chris Bradford (3rd)
28 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (8th)
24 ▼ 6
(LW: 17)
24 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (5)
GLIAC (3)
Rod Cowan (10th)
10 ▼ 2
(LW: 22)
25 southern-connecticut SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (3)
John Wallin (10th)
8 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)

Also Receiving Votes: Cal State Stanislaus 7, Augusta 5, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1, Illinois-Springfield 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Wayne State (Mich.)

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 10/29Wed 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Sacramento, Calif.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/9
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/23
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