MEET PREVIEW: Lewis Conference Crossover Invitational

If you thought “Avengers: Infinity War” was the most ambitious crossover, think again.

Lewis University is hosting its fifth annual Conference Crossover Invitational this weekend, which is the largest NCAA Division II-only meet in the country.

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There will be 73(!) teams from 12 conferences and six of the eight regions in action on Saturday at the Lewis Cross Country Course. Of those 73 teams, 38 are women’s squads and 35 come from the men’s ranks, with 20 of whom found homes in the most recent NCAA Division II Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls that came out on Wednesday.

Ranked Teams At Lewis Conference Crossover

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 4 Grand Valley State
No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 6 Augustana (S.D.)
No. 5 Augustana (S.D.)
No. 7 Missouri Southern
No. 8 Lee (Tenn.)
No. 8 Southern Indiana
No. 12 Walsh
No. 11 Michigan Tech
No. 13 Southern Indiana
No. 12 Lee (Tenn.)
No. 14 Cal State East Bay
No. 17 Walsh
No. 17 Missouri Southern
No. 18 Cal State San Marcos
No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.)
No. 19 Alabama-Huntsville
No. 22 Saginaw Valley State
No. 25 Wayne State (Mich.)

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The Women’s 6K goes off first at 10 am CT with eight nationally-ranked teams in the mix from six different conferences, including six in the top-15: No. 2 Grand Valley State, No. 5 Augustana (S.D.), No. 8 Lee (Tenn.), No. 12 Walsh, No. 13 Southern Indiana, No. 14 Cal State East Bay, No. 17 Missouri Southern and No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.).

As much as the Lakers will steal headlines as the top-ranked team in the field – and justifiably so as the defending national champions – pay heed to the Vikings. The 10th-ranked team in the nation is coming off a strong victory at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Men’s 8K is scheduled to start at 10:45 am CT with 11 nationally-ranked teams from seven different conferences vying for the team title, including six in the top-15: No. 4 Grand Valley State, No. 6 Augustana (S.D.), No. 7 Missouri Southern, No. 8 Southern Indiana, No. 11 Michigan Tech, No. 12 Lee (Tenn.), No. 17 Walsh, No. 18 Cal State San Marcos, No. 19 Alabama-Huntsville, No. 22 Saginaw Valley State and No. 25 Wayne State (Mich.).

Once again, we must direct your attention to the sixth-ranked Vikings, who recently won the team title at the Roy Griak Invitational in a dominant effort, scoring the fewest points by an NCAA DII team in meet history.

Be sure to check back in later this weekend for a recap of the meet.