WEEKEND PREVIEW: 2019 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Championships

It’s finally Regional Championship Weekend for NCAA Division II Cross Country!

Automatic bids are rewarded to the top-3 men’s and women’s team at each of the eight regional championships, while ten additional teams will be selected as at-large bids by the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Committee. Additionally, 24 individuals outside of the  qualifying teams are selected to compete at the NCAA Championships.

SEE MORE: NCAA Division II Regional Championships Central | NCAA Division II Championships Qualifying Criteria

NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL (WEEK 6): Men | Women

Let’s take a closer look at some of the regional championships meets to keep your eyes on as we head into the weekend.

2019 South Central Regional Championships

Date: Saturday, November 9 | Location: The Range
Men’s 10K Race – 10:45 am CT | Women’s 6K Race – 9:30 am CT

Men’s Teams

 

Women’s Teams

No. 1 Colorado School of Mines
 
No. 1 Adams State
No. 3 Adams State
 
No. 3 Colorado School of Mines
No. 5 Western Colorado
 
No. 6 Western Colorado
No. 13 West Texas A&M
 
No. 12 UC-Colorado Springs
No. 17 UC-Colorado Springs
 
 
No. 23 Colorado Christian
 
 
 
 
 

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The unanimous No. 1 teams in the countries on both sides are the heavy favorites to defend their South Central titles, and the RMAC Championships gave us a preview of what the results could look like once it’s all said and done.

The men’s race features No. 1 Colorado School of Mines, No. 3 Adams State and No. 5 Western Colorado, and have been the top teams in the region week in and week out. The Orediggers will look to defend their title and add their third regional championship in the last four years. Adams State and Western Colorado will duke it out for the second and third place spots.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Adams State will look to make it eight straight regional titles and could roll to another dominating performance like it did two weeks ago. No. 3 Colorado School of Mines and No. 6 Western Colorado will look to grab those remaining bids.

2019 Midwest Regional Championships

Date: Saturday, November 9 | Location: Angel Mounds
Men’s 10K Race – 11:45 am CT | Women’s 6K Race – 10:30 am CT

Men’s Teams

 

Women’s Teams

No. 3 Grand Valley State
 
No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 8 Michigan Tech
 
No. 9 Hillsdale
No. 9 Southern Indiana
 
No. 10 Walsh
No. 14 Saginaw Valley State
 
No. 15 Southern Indiana
No. 22 Walsh
 
No. 17 Southwest Baptist
RV Illinois-Springfield
 
No. 18 Saginaw Valley State
 
 
No. 19 Michigan Tech
 
 
No. 22 Cedarville
 
 
No. 24 Malone

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Grand Valley State has a combined 35 Regional Championship titles and will look to add two at the conclusion of the Midwest Regional Championships

The Laker men will go for its 18th straight regional championship, but No. 9 Michigan Tech won’t go down quietly. The Huskies placed second to GVSU at the GLIAC Championships by 13 points in one of the closest team races in in years. No. 14 Saginaw Valley State finished four points behind Michigan Tech in third at the GLIAC Championships. Throw No. 9 Southern Indiana, the GLVC champion, in the mix and it can be an exciting race to see unfold.

The women’s race has No. 2 Grand Valley State as the heavy favorite to win its 19th straight Midwest Regional Championship, while GMAC opponents No. 9 Hillsdale and No. 10 Walsh look to punch their tickets and fill those remaining automatic spots.

Keep an eye out for No. 15 Southern Indiana, No. 17 Southwest Baptist, No. 18 Saginaw Valley State, as these teams will look to stir up the standings with the depth of the region in the National Coaches’ Poll.

2019 West Regional Championships

Date: Saturday, November 9 | Location: Ash Creek Preserve
Men’s 10K Race – 11:15 am PT | Women’s 6K Race – 10:00 am PT

Men’s Teams

 

Women’s Teams

No. 2 Chico State
 
No. 4 Chico State
No. 16 Cal State San Marcos
 
No. 11 Western Washington
No. 19 UC San Diego
 
No. 13 Alaska Anchorage
No. 21 Western Washington
 
No. 14 Seattle Pacific
RV Cal Poly Pomona
 
No. 16 Cal State East Bay
RV Biola (Calif.)
 
No. 21 Cal Poly Pomona
 
 
No. 23 UC San Diego
 
 
No. 25 Cal State Stanislaus

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The men’s race has No. 2 Chico State as the favorite to win its fourth consecutive West Regional Championship. The race the remaining automatic bids can be anyones, as No. 16 Cal State San Marcos, No. 19 UC San Diego and No. 21 Western Washington will vie for those remaining spots.

On the women’s side, No. 4 Chico State looks to be the favorite to take home the trophy for the first time since 2016 and will have to knock off the defending champions in No. 13 Alaska Anchorage as the Seawolves aim to make it back-to-back titles. No. 11 Western Washington is looking to make some noise after claiming its first GNAC Championship over Alaska Anchorage.

Other Meets Of Interest

Central Region

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The men’s side will feature No. 6 Missouri Southern, No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) and No. 11 Northwest Missouri, and all three sit are the favorites to earn automatic NCAA bids. The Lions will look to defend their Central Region Championships from a year ago, but will have to hold off strong charges from the Vikings and Bearcats. Northwest placed second to Missouri Southern at the MIAA Championships, while Augustana (S.D.) won the NSIC Championships. 

The women’s race will be a rematch of the NSIC Cross Country Championships between No. 5 U-Mary and No. 7 Augustana (S.D.), where the Marauders took the title home for the fourth straight year. U-Mary will also be looking to make it four-straight regional titles.

South Region

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The men’s race will be between No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville and No. 12 Lee (Tenn.). The Chargers come in as the top team in the region following their Gulf South Conference title two weeks ago and look for their first title since 2011, while the Flames look to reclaim the South, previously winning the regional title in 2017.

On the women’s side, No. 8 Lee (Tenn.) will seek the program’s first South Region title after coming off of a Gulf South Championship two weeks ago. No. 19 Tampa last won the South in 2015 .