Malone Men Join Division II XC Top 10 in Final Regular Season National Coaches’ Polls

Malone Men Join Division II XC Top 10 in Final Regular Season National Coaches’ Polls

NEW ORLEANS – Though much of the final regular-season NCAA Division II Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls were quiet, there was at least one team pioneering into uncharted top-10 territory.

Malone‘s men made the headlining move of the polls released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), jumping up eight spots to No. 10 – its first-ever Division II top-10 mark – following a near-upset of No. 5 Southern Indiana at the Midwest Regional Preview.

The next National Coaches’ Polls will be released November 12 following most of the conference championships.

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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Adams State 2)Grand Valley State 3)Chico State 4)Colorado Mines t5) Southern Indiana
Southern Indiana
Adams St. GVSU Chico St. Colorado Mines Southern Indiana
Western State
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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Grand Valley State 2)Adams State 3)Minnesota Duluth 4)Western State 5)Chico State
GVSU Adams St. Minnesota Duluth Western St. Chico St.
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The Pioneers – In just their second season of NCAA Division II competition after an NAIA tenure with national titles as recently as 2007 through 2009 – put three runners in the top six to narrowly lose to USI, 33-36.

Malone’s women also impressed, improving three spots to a season-high No. 13 with its runner-up showing to No. 6 Hillsdale.

Taking the biggest leap in the women’s poll, however, was No. 5 Wayne State (Mich.). After falling into the 20s from No. 10 earlier this month, the Warriors posted a perfect score at Lake Superior State this past weekend to ignite a potential re-ascension.

Outside of the addition of the Malone men (and the consequent fall of Mount Olive to No. 11), both the men’s and women’s top 10 teams were nearly unchanged.

The lone other move was Western State’s men moving into a tie at No. 5 with Southern Indiana. Two-time defending champ No. 1 Adams State, No. 2 Grand Valley State, No. 3 Chico State and No. 4 Colorado Mines all remained put ahead of them.

No. 7 Alaska Anchorage, No. 8 Lock Haven, No. 9 Augustana and Malone rounded out the men’s top 10.

From two-time defending national champ No. 1 Grand Valley State all the way through No. 11 UC-Colorado Springs, the top of the women’s poll was unchanged. GVSU, No. 2 Adams State, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, No. 4 Western State, No. 5 Chico State, No. 6 Hillsdale, No. 7 Augustana (S.D.), No. 8 Simon Fraser, No. 9 UC San Diego and No. 10 Northern Michigan all remained steady.

The only new team to either poll were the Lewis women in a tie at No. 25 with U-Mary.

The Division II National Championships will be held Saturday, December 6, in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #5 — October 22

next release: October 29
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Adams State (8) 200 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (20th)
1
2 Grand Valley State 191 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th)
2
3 Chico State 185 West CCAA Gary Towne (19th)
3
4 Colorado Mines 175 South Central RMAC Chris Siemers (3rd)
4
5 Southern Indiana 161 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (17th)
5
5 Western State 161 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (8th)
6
7 Alaska Anchorage 158 West GNAC Michael Friess (25th)
7
8 Lock Haven 140 Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (17th)
8
9 Augustana (S.D.) 139 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th)
9
10 Malone 114 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (48th)
18
11 Mount Olive 111 Southeast Conf. Carolinas Matt Van Lierop (6th)
10
12 Sioux Falls 105 Central NSIC Grant Watley (3rd)
12
13 UC San Diego 95 West CCAA Nate Garcia (8th)
12
14 Hillsdale 92 Midwest GLIAC Andrew Towne (1st)
11
15 Shippensburg 85 Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (17th)
17
16 Missouri Southern 77 Central MIAA Bryan Schiding (2nd)
16
17 West Texas A&M 75 South Central Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th)
15
18 American International 70 East Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (9th)
14
19 Cal Baptist 55 West PacWest Ben Gall (3rd)
19
20 Ashland 45 Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (5th)
20
21 Cal Poly Pomona 30 West CCAA Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (3rd)
22
22 Franklin Pierce 29 East Northeast-10 Zach Emerson (3rd)
21
23 Colorado Mesa 27 South Central RMAC Matt Canterbury (3rd)
25
24 Edinboro 24 Atlantic PSAC Rick Hammer (2nd)
23
25 UW-Parkside 23 Midwest GLVC Micah VanDenend (5th)
24
Also Receiving Votes: Lewis 8, Saint Leo 7, UC-Colorado Springs 5, Central Missouri 5, Stonehill 4, Neb.-Kearney 4
Dropped Out: None
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #5 — October 22

next release: October 29
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Grand Valley State (8) 200 Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th)
1
2 Adams State 191 South Central RMAC Damon Martin (27th)
2
3 Minnesota Duluth 184 Central NSIC Joanna Warmington (4th)
3
4 Western State 173 South Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (8th)
4
5 Chico State 166 West CCAA Gary Towne (19th)
5
6 Hillsdale 163 Midwest GLIAC Andrew Towne (4th)
6
7 Augustana (S.D.) 154 Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th)
7
8 Simon Fraser 144 West GNAC Brit Townsend (15th)
8
9 UC San Diego 134 West CCAA Nate Garcia (8th)
9
10 Northern Michigan 129 Midwest GLIAC Jenny Ryan (8th)
10
11 UC-Colorado Springs 115 South Central RMAC David Harmer (3rd)
11
12 Missouri Southern 108 Central MIAA Patty Vavra (21st)
13
13 Malone 104 Midwest GLIAC Jack Hazen (24th)
16
14 Cal Baptist 95 West PacWest Ben Gall (3rd)
14
15 Southern Indiana 91 Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (18th)
12
16 Midwestern State 87 South Central Lone Star Koby Styles (8th)
15
17 Metro State 66 South Central RMAC Nick Maas (2nd)
17
18 Wayne State (Mich.) 63 Midwest GLIAC Rick Cummins (18th)
23
19 Alaska Anchorage 53 West GNAC Michael Friess (25th)
20
20 Saginaw Valley State 48 Midwest GLIAC Rod Cowan (5th)
19
21 Edinboro 34 Atlantic PSAC Rick Hammer (2nd)
21
22 Roberts Wesleyan 32 East East Coast Andrew Dorr (4th)
18
23 Winona State 25 Central NSIC Brett Ayers (2nd)
22
24 Stonehill 13 East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (17th)
24
25 U-Mary 9 Central NSIC Dennis Newell (9th)
25
25 Lewis 9 Midwest GLVC James Kearney (1st)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Tampa 5, Shippensburg 3, Montevallo 2
Dropped Out: None
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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