2019 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – There is a new number one that sits atop of the week one polls, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon.

With the first countable at-large considering date being September 19, things are about to be shaking up more than what the first two set of polls state.

NCAA Division II — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Western Colorado
Grand Valley State
Chico State
Adams State
Colo. School of Mines
Western Colorado
Grand Valley State
Chico State
Adams State
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The top spot now belongs to Colorado School of Mines, the 2018 national runner-up, who received all eight first place votes. Mines opened up the season with a dominating performance at the UCCS Rust Buster Invite with a perfect 15. Chris Cathcart won the 8K race and set a course record in the process.

The Orediggers are No. 1 for the first time since the 2017 season.

No. 2 Western Colorado held its position. The Mountaineers competed in a pair of meets – the Wyoming Invite and the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite – with Charlie Sweeny pacing the team at both.

Grand Valley State, the defending national champions, dropped two spots to third. The Lakers opened the season at the Calvin Knight Invite and the MSU Spartan Invitational, finishing second to Michigan State.

No. 4 Chico State, No. 5 Adams State, and No. 6 Missouri Southern all remained the same.

Following the Lions in the No. 6 and No. 7 spots are Augustana (S.D.) and Southern Indiana, who moved up two and three spots, respectively. The Vikings placed second to DI Nebraska at the Augustana Twilight, while the Screaming Eagles rolled to a team title at the Stegemoller Classic.

The biggest shakeup in the rankings came from Michigan Tech, who achieved their highest ranking after jumping up 11 spots from No. 20 to No. 9. Jake Issacson’s squad finished third at the aforementioned Spartan Invitational, just four points behind Grand Valley State.

This is the first top-10 appearance for the Huskies in program history.

No. 10 UC-Colorado Springs stayed exactly where they were in the preseason to round out the top-10.

Other teams moving up in the rankings are Simon Fraser (No. 13 to No. 11), West Texas A&M (No. 14 to No. 13), and Alaska Anchorage (No. 17 to No. 14).

No. 17 Western Washington made the second biggest jump in the polls. They moved up seven spots from No. 24. The Vikings earned a second place finish to No. 11 Simon Fraser at the CWU Apple Ridge Invite.

Southern Connecticut moved into the poll and is slotted at No. 24 after receiving votes in the preseason. They are back in the top-25 since week 7 of last year.

Cal State San Marcos (No. 18), Northwest Missouri (No. 19), Biola (Calif.), and Colorado Christian (No. 25) are the newest additions to the polls.

Cal State San Marcos topped No. 21 Queens at the Cougar Challenge in California, having runners finish 3-4-5 to lead the Cougars to the team title. This is their highest national ranking in school history.

Northwest Missouri is ranked for the first time since the 2017 season.

Both Biola (Calif.) and Colorado Christian are in the top-25 for the first time in school history.

This year is a big year for the Eagles, the 2019-2020 year marks the competition of the Division II membership process, making them eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs.

The next NCAA Division II Men’s National Coaches’ Poll will be released on September 25.

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Week 1 - September 18th

1 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Chris Siemers (8th)
(8 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 3)
2 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (3)
Jennifer Michel (13th)
188 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Jerry Baltes (21st)
182 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (24th)
178 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (2)
Damon Martin (25th)
172 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 missouri-southern MISSOURI SOUTHERN
Central Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Jamie Burnham (4th)
159 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (2)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (19th)
148 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (22nd)
142 ▲ 3
(LW: 11)
9 michigan-tech MICHIGAN TECH
Midwest Region (3)
Jake Issacson (3rd)
134 ▲ 11
(LW: 20)
10 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (4)
Mark Misch (13th)
128 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (20th)
112 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 sioux-falls SIOUX FALLS
Central Region (3)
NSIC (3)
Doug Petersen (4th)
111 ▼ 5
(LW: 7)
13 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (5)
Lone Star (1)
Jake Krolick (3rd)
103 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (3)
GNAC (3)
Ryan McWilliams (1st)
91 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (4)
Rod Cowan (10th)
84 ▼ 7
(LW: 8)
16 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (2)
Caleb Morgan (6th)
72 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
GNAC (1)
Pee Wee Halsell (33rd)
69 ▲ 7
(LW: 24)
18 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (5)
CCAA (2)
Torrey Olson (2nd)
61 NR
19 northwest-missouri NORTHWEST MISSOURI
Central Region (4)
MIAA (2)
Nick Gibson (2nd)
55 NR
20 charleston-w-va CHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Atlantic Region (1)
Mountain East (1)
Nick Bias (6th)
50 ▼ 5
(LW: 15)
21 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Tom Scott (2nd)
47 ▼ 9
(LW: 12)
22 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC (1)
Rob Mizicko (8th)
46 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 biola-calif BIOLA (CALIF.)
West Region (6)
PacWest (1)
Sean Henning (5th)
19 NR
24 southern-connecticut SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (3)
John Wallin (10th)
(LW: RV)
25 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (6)
RMAC (7)
John Poag (6th)
10 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Malone 7, Mount Olive 7, UC San Diego 5, Cedarville 3, Alabama-Huntsville 2, Edinboro 1

Dropped Out: No. 18 Stonehill, No. 19 Mount Olive, No. 21 Black Hills State, No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 25 Edinboro

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
Colo. School of Mines311111111
Adams State555522352
Chico State443233223
Grand Valley State134444334
Northwest Missouri19141513121175
Augustana (S.D.)977767786
Western Colorado222355537
Queens (N.C.)12211916161818148
West Texas A&M141313131011131110
Cal State StanislausRV24RVRV2111
Cal State San Marcos1815191820161512
Michigan Tech20991011108913
Missouri Southern6666766614
Mount Olive19RV23232114152415
Cal Poly Pomona23212322RV1216
Colorado Christian2525RV21232317
Charleston (W.Va.)1520209917202018
UC-Colorado Springs101010121516171620
Southern Indiana118888891221
Western Washington2417212222
Sioux Falls7121118201523
American InternationalRVRV24
Biola (Calif.)2318RVRVRVRV25
UC San DiegoRVRV1414191926
Lee (Tenn.)16161611129121827
Fort Hays State29
Saint LeoRVRV30
Roberts Wesleyan252531
Davis and Elkins33
Saginaw Valley State8152021222414RV
MSU MoorheadRVRV
Southern ConnecticutRV2424252425
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)RVRV
Wayne State (Mich.)RVRV25
Alaska Anchorage171412
Simon Fraser1311
UNC PembrokeRV
Black Hills State21

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27Wed 8/28
Sep. 5: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/17Wed 9/18
Sep. 19: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/24Wed 9/25
Week 3Tue 10/1Wed 10/2
Week 4Tue 10/8Wed 10/9
Week 5Tue 10/15Wed 10/16
Oct. 25-27: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/29Wed 10/30
Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/13
Wed 11/13
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Sacramento, Calif.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/9
Sat 11/23