MEET PREVIEW: NCAA Division II Conference Championship Weekend

It’s finally Conference Championship Weekend for NCAA Division II!

Over the course of the next few days, teams across the country will compete in 24 conference championships and look to take home league glory. We are going to get some great racing as many top-ranked teams will get to race head-to-head as we move into the postseason.

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NATIONAL COACHES’ POLLS (WEEK 5): Men | Women

Here’s a closer look at what is happening this weekend, starting with some of the conferences with the most combined ranked teams from the most recent edition of the National Coaches’ Polls that were released last week.

2019 RMAC Cross Country Championships

Date: Saturday, October 26 | Location: Tiara Rado Golf Course
Women’s 6K – 10:50 am MT | Men’s 8K – 11:45 am MT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

#1 Colorado School of Mines
#1 Adams State
#2 Adams State
#3 Colorado School of Mines
#5 Western Colorado
#6 Western Colorado
#16 UC-Colorado Springs
#15 UC-Colorado Springs
#21 Colorado Christian

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The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has plenty of depth, as it will feature a combined nine nationally-ranked programs and top-5 showdowns. Adams State will look to defend their title on both sides.

The Grizzly men will have to hold off the likes of No. 1 Colorado School of Mines and No. 5 Western Colorado if the championship is going to stay in Alamosa. The Orediggers, also the unanimous No. 1 team in NCAA DII for five consecutive weeks, are seeking their third RMAC title in program history, and looking to take back the conference glory that Adams State reclaimed a year ago.

On the women’s side, Adams State is aiming for its eighth straight title. The Grizzlies have been the No. 1 team in every National Coaches’ Poll this season and are a heavy favorites entering the weekend, and will be joined by No. 3 Colorado School of Mines and No. 6 Western Colorado.

2019 CCAA Cross Country Championships

Date: Saturday, October 26 | Location: Baywood Golf & Country Club
Women’s 6K – 9:00 am PT | Men’s 8K – 10:00 am PT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

#3 Chico State
#5 Chico State
#19 UC San Diego
#12 Cal State East Bay
#20 Cal State San Marcos
#17 UC San Diego
#22 Cal Poly Pomona
#20 Cal Poly Pomona
RV Cal State Stanislaus
#23 Cal State Stanislaus

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The California Collegiate Athletic Association features a solid mix of ranked teams on both sides of the board. The women’s race will boast five top teams in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, and the men will have four.

Chico State is the heavy favorite entering this weekend. The Wildcats will look to sweep the awards once again – the men are going for their 18th straight conference title, while the women are going for their 12th consecutive.

The final results of this meet could certainly shake up the next edition of National Coaches’ Polls, as many of the teams competing this weekend are closely ranked to one another.

2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championships

Date: Saturday, October 26 | Location: Purdue University Northwest-Westville Campus
Women’s 6K – 11:00 am CT | Men’s 8K – 11:45 am CT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

#4 Grand Valley State
#2 Grand Valley State
#10 Michigan Tech
#19 Saginaw Valley
#24 Saginaw Valley
#21 Michigan Tech
#25 Wayne State (Mich.)
RV Wayne State (Mich.)

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The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will feature eight teams receiving national recognition.

The start of the postseason means a little more for Grand Valley State this year, as the men and women begin their journey to defend their NCAA titles. Entering conference weekend, the women have won 18 consecutive GLIAC titles and the men have won 17.

While the Lakers are the favorites on both sides, the men will be challenged with No. 10 Michigan Tech in the mix. The Huskies were four points behind GVSU at the MSU Spartan Invitational back in September and will look to knock off the conference powerhouse for their first GLIAC title.

Other Meets Of Interest

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)

Four nationally-ranked programs will take to the course in Wayne, Nebraska. The women’s race will have No. 9 U-Mary seeking its fourth consecutive conference title, but No. 4 Augustana (S.D.) may change the script as the Vikings will vie for their first NSIC title since 2014. On the men’s side, No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) will look to take back the NSIC title from No. 15 Sioux Falls. The Cougars ended the Vikings’ nine-year stretch of conferenced titles last year.

Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC)

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference will have four nationally-ranked on deck for Saturday. The women’s race will see No. 10 Hillsdale and No. 13 Walsh duke it out for the third year in a row. The Chargers won in 2017 and the Cavaliers won in 2018. No. 23 Malone would be seeking its first GMAC title in program history. The men’s race will see No. 23 Walsh go for its second conference title in three years.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)

Three top-ranked teams will race for the women’s GNAC title. No. 16 Alaska Anchorage is aiming for its fifth straight title, but will be challenged for the crown by Seattle Pacific and Western Washington, the No. 7 and No. 14 teams in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, respectively. The Falcons last conference title came in 2008, while the Vikings could claim their first GNAC title in program history.