2019 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – An exciting weekend of Conference Championship racing led to some movement in this week’s version of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Eight teams climbed up the leaderboard and three new teams enter this week’s poll, as many are setting program records as we move further into the championship portion of the season.

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

Colorado School of Mines showed why they are the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with a dominating performance at the RMAC Championships. The Orediggers scored 21 points en route to their third title in the last four years, defeating now No. 3 Adams State (60 points) and No. 5 Western Colorado (88 points). Dylan Ko took home the individual title for the Orediggers in 23:20.9 for 8K and led their scoring contingent to a 1-5-6-7-9 finish.

No. 2 Chico State moved up one spot following their 18th consecutive CCAA Championship. The Wildcats placed four runners in the top-10 of the field and defeated CCAA runner-up Cal State San Marcos 33-72. The Cougars moved up four spots to No. 16 following their performance and achieved their highest placement in program history.

Three GLIAC schools moved up in the rankings following one of the closest contested GLIAC Championships in recent years. Grand Valley Statmoving up one spot to No. 3 to sit in a tie with Adams State. The Lakers topped Michigan Tech 44-57 and were led to their 18th straight GLIAC title by Tanner Chada, posting a personal best at 8K to win the individual title in 23:55.7. Saginaw Valley State finished four points behind Michigan Tech to come in third overall in the team standings with 61 points.

With their finishes, the Huskies moved up two spots to No. 8 to set a new program record, while the Cardinals soared 10 spots from No. 24 to No. 14 this week.

Alabama-Huntsville jumped four spots to No. 9 to earn its highest placement in program history. The Chargers defeated now No. 12 Lee (Tenn.) 35-52 for the Gulf South Conference title and their first since 2013.

For the third week in a row, Northwest Missouri set another program and come in at No. 11 following a one spot bump. The Bearcats had three runners go 2-3-4 to lead them to a runner-up finish at the MIAA Championships behind No. 6 Missouri Southern. The Lions and individual champion Gidieon Kimutai successfully defended their MIAA titles, with Kimutai traversing the 8K course in a new personal best of 23:37.3.

Walsh, moving up one spot from No. 24 to No. 23, won the GMAC Cross Country Championships. This is the second conference title in three years for the Cavaliers as they put five runners in the top-14.

Three new teams enter the National Coaches’ Poll this week – No. 21 Western Washington, previously not ranked, won its fifth GNAC title in program history and first since 2009 for their highest national ranking this season. No. 24 Augusta achieved its highest placement in program history and is in the top-25 for the first time this year following a Peach Belt Conference title. No. 25 Roberts Wesleyan won the East Coast Conference title with 19 points and received the nod to the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history.

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

2019 Week 6 - October 30th

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 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (24th)
188 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (25th)
182 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (21st)
182 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
5 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (13th)
167 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (4th)
161 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (19th)
152 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (2)
GLIAC (2)
Jake Issacson (3rd)
142 ▲ 2
(LW: 10)
9 alabama-huntsville ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
David Cain (22nd)
131 ▲ 4
(LW: 13)
9 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (22nd)
131 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
11 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA (2)
Nick Gibson (2nd)
114 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (2)
GSC (2)
Caleb Morgan (6th)
106 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (4)
Lone Star (1)
Jake Krolick (3rd)
103 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (3)
Rod Cowan (10th)
92 ▲ 10
(LW: 24)
15 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conference Carolinas (1)
Jackie Kirby (1st)
88 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (2)
CCAA (2)
Torrey Olson (2nd)
86 ▲ 4
(LW: 20)
17 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (13th)
78 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC (1)
Tom Scott (2nd)
66 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 uc-san-diego UC SAN DIEGO
West Region (3)
CCAA (3)
Nate Garcia (13th)
54 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (6th)
48 ▼ 3
(LW: 17)
21 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
GNAC (1)
Pee Wee Halsell (33rd)
40 NR
22 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (8th)
25 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (6)
RMAC (7)
John Poag (6th)
18 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 augusta AUGUSTA
Southeast Region (3)
PBC (1)
Adam Ward (9th)
11
(LW: RV)
25 roberts-wesleyan ROBERTS WESLEYAN
East Region (1)
ECC (1)
Andrew Dorr (9th)
9 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Cal Poly Pomona 8, MSU Moorhead 6, Biola (Calif.) 5, Illinois-Springfield 4, American International 2, Saint Leo 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Sioux Falls, No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 25 Southern Connecticut

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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