2017 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Pre-Championships

NEW ORLEANS – With the most important race of the season right around the corner, Adams State turned on the afterburners to reclaim first place in the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

The Grizzlies put together its finest performance of the season at the South Central Regionals last weekend, scoring 35 points to outpace Colorado Mines – who dropped to second in the rankings – by three points for the regional title. That allowed Adams State to climb back into first place in the rankings – announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday – a week after slipping to third. Adams State garnered all eight first-place votes.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Adams State Colorado Mines Grand Valley State Chico State Southern Indiana
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Eight of the top-10 finishers at the South Central Regional hailed from either Adams State or Colorado Mines, including regional champion Lucio Ramirez of Adams State. With No. 11 Western State also qualifying for the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships, scheduled for Nov. 18 in Evansville, Indiana, the South Central Regional featured some of the heaviest hitters that will compete for a national title in a little over a week.

Rounding out the top-five on the week were Grand Valley State, Chico State and Southern Indiana.

GVSU claimed the Midwest Region team title, led by Wuoi Mach (31:33.5 – fifth). Southern Indiana returned to the top-five after finishing as a runner up to the Lakers with 72 points. The Screaming Eagles had fallen as far as ninth in the rankings just two polls ago before moving up to eighth in the last rankings.

Chico State remained in fourth after taking home the West Region team championship. The Wildcats got three top-10 performances, including a runner-up finish from Kyle Medina (29:57.5) out in Monmouth, Oregon.

Cal Baptist and Augustana (S.D.) tied for sixth in the rankings this week after a runner-up finish in the West Region and a victory in the Central Region, respectively. Queens (N.C.) and Lewis both jumped up one spot to ninth and tenth, respectively, this week, while Mount Olive fell three spots to eighth.

West Texas A&M saw a huge boost in the rankings thanks to a fourth-place finish at the West Regionals. The Buffs jumped all the way to 13th after having gone unranked across the last five polls.

Missouri Southern (18th) and Bellarmine also returned to the rankings after a brief hiatus on the outside-looking-in.  Missouri Southern placed second at the Central Regional, while Bellarmine put together a fifth-place performance at the Central Regional on the heels of a runner-up finish by Chris Striegel (31:24.8).

Also moving up more than one spot in the rankings on the week were Walsh (five spots up to 14th), Stonehill (two spots up to 16th), Shippensburg (three spots up to 17th) and Dallas Baptist (three spots up to 22nd).  

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 7 - November 8th

1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (23rd)
(8 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 3)
2 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (1)
Chris Siemers (6th)
192 ▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Jerry Baltes (19th)
182 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (22nd)
178 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (20th)
158 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (17th)
157 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
6 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (2)
PacWest (1)
Ben Gall (6th)
157 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
8 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (1)
Conf. Carolinas (1)
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
149 ▼ 3
(LW: 5)
9 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (2)
SAC (1)
Kevin Licht (1st)
129 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC (2)
James Kearney (4th)
128 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (11th)
120 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 western-oregon WESTERN OREGON
West Region (3)
GNAC (1)
Mike Johnson (14th)
116 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (4)
Lone Star (1)
Jake Krolick (1st)
92 NR
14 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (6th)
82 ▲ 5
(LW: 19)
15 csu-pueblo CSU PUEBLO
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (4)
Matt Morris (5th)
79 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (1)
Karen Boen (20th)
71 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 shippensburg SHIPPENSBURG
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC (1)
Steve Spence (20th)
58 ▲ 3
(LW: 20)
18 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (2)
MIAA (3)
Jamie Burnham (2nd)
57 NR
19 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South (1)
Caleb Morgan (4th)
55 ▼ 3
(LW: 16)
20 bellarmine BELLARMINE
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (3)
Jim Vargo (18th)
(LW: RV)
21 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (4)
GNAC (3)
Brit Townsend (18th)
41 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (6)
Heartland Conference (2)
Jacob Phillips (13th)
32 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 central-missouri CENTRAL MISSOURI
Central Region (3)
MIAA (2)
Kirk Pedersen (31st)
22 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
23 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (5)
GNAC (2)
Michael Friess (28th)
22 ▼ 7
(LW: 16)
25 academy-of-art ACADEMY OF ART
West Region (6)
PacWest (2)
Torrey Olson (3rd)
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Rogers State 16, Augusta 10, American International 9, Cal Poly Pomona 7, Edinboro 7, Minnesota Duluth 7, Alabama-Huntsville 4, Saginaw Valley State 3

Dropped Out: No. 9 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 15 Lindenwood, No. 21 Rogers State, No. 24 American International

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
Adams State111111311
Grand Valley State222233232
Colo. School of Mines333322123
Western Colorado23212018181812114
California Baptist1298897665
Queens (N.C.)19229910101096
CSU Pueblo791213121314157
Augustana (S.D.)152018988768
Chico State444444449
Mount Olive16755565811
Southern Indiana6556698512
West Texas A&M1816RVRV1314
Missouri Southern1012232322RV1817
Dallas Baptist24241620252218
American International1719191919RV24RV19
Central MissouriRVRV25232320
Western Oregon161713131221
Indiana (Pa.)RV24
Minnesota DuluthRV25
Rogers State161521RV21RV26
Sioux Falls151527
Lee (Tenn.)131417171416161928
Saint Leo30
Simon Fraser17132221
Alaska Anchorage511111213171623
Academy of Art21RVRV24RV25
Cal Poly Pomona8677759RV
Saginaw Valley State98RV
Western WashingtonRVRV23RV
UC San Diego24RV222321
UC-Colorado SpringsRV
Northwest Missouri2125RV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2017 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29Wed 8/30
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12Wed 9/13
Sep. 14: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/19Wed 9/20
Week 3Tue 9/26Wed 9/27
Week 4Tue 10/3Wed 10/4
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10Wed 10/11
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24Wed 10/25
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
Sat 11/18