2022 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country season is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday afternoon.

Regional Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Regional Championships Saturday is set for Saturday, November 19.

Atlantic Region

Defending regional champion Charleston (W.Va.) is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s runner-up Edinboro at No. 2. The Golden Eagles return three All-Region athletes, including one All-American, from last year’s squad, while the Fighting Scots return a talented team as well.

Concord, Davis & Elkins and Shippensburg round out the preseason top-5.

Central Region

Defending regional champion Augustana (S.D.) is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s runner-up Missouri Southern at No. 2. The Vikings return a core group from their lineup that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, while the Lions bring back four of thier top-7 athletes from last year.

Pittsburg State, Neb.-Kearney and Central Missouri round out the preseason top-5.

East Region

Defending regional champion American International is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s runner-up Southern Connecticut at No. 2. The Yellow Jackets welcome back four key runners from last year’s squad and added a few talented newcomers, while the Owls return five of their top-7 and will be supported by a solid recruiting class.

Franklin Pierce, Roberts Wesleyan and Adelphi round out the preseason top-5.

Midwest Region

Defending regional champion Grand Valley State is No. 1 to begin the season, with last year’s third-place team Walsh at No. 2. The Lakers, who are the defending national championships, welcome back three of their top runners that helped them win an NCAA title, including national runner-up Tanner Chada. The Cavaliers return six of their top-7 athletes from last year and add several newcomers.

Michigan Tech, Wayne State (Mich.) and Lewis round out the preseason top-5.

South Region

Defending regional champion Lee (Tenn.) is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Alabama-Huntsville is No. 2. The Flames return five of their top-6 from last year’s team that competed at the NCAA Championships and welcome a handful of transfers that will add to their depth. The Chargers return two of their top-6 and are said to have athletes ready to step in and make an impact.

Mississippi College, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Florida Southern round out the preseason top-5.

South Central Region

Adams State, who finished second at last year’s regional championships, will begin the season at No. 1, with defending regional champion Colorado School of Mines starting the year at No. 2. The Grizzlies bring back four athletes from last year’s team and have a handful of talented newcomers that are expected to make some noise, while the Orediggers return Dillion Powell and a talented lineup as well.

Colorado Christian, Western Colorado and UC-Colorado Springs round out the preseason top-5.

Southeast Region

Defending regional champion Wingate begins the season at No. 1, followed by last year’s fourth-place team Augusta. The Bulldogs return six of the seven athletes who helped them finish sixth at the NCAA Championships, while the Jaguars return several members from last year’s lineup.

Anderson (S.C.), Emmanuel (Ga.) and Catawba round out the preseason top-5.

West Region

Defending regional champion Chico State will begin the season at No. 1, followed by regional runner-up Fresno Pacific at No. 2. The Wildcats are said to have their entire lineup back from last year’s team that finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and have a great supporting cast. The Sunbirds welcome back six of their top-7 runners and added several newcomers to the mix.

Cal Poly Pomona, Azusa Pacific and Western Washington round out the preseason top-5.

NCAA Division II
Men's Cross Country
USTFCCCA Regional Coaches' Rankings

2022 Preseason - August 29th

About this Product
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Coaches’ Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 1
2edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 2
3concordCONCORD
Mountain East
 3
4davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 6
5shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 4
6west-liberty-stateWEST LIBERTY STATE
Mountain East
 7
7lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 9
8indiana-paINDIANA (PA.)
PSAC
 8
9slippery-rockSLIPPERY ROCK
PSAC
 5
10bloomsburgBLOOMSBURG
PSAC
 10

Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 1
2missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN
MIAA
 2
3pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE
MIAA
 3
4neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 4
5central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 5
6u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 6
7fort-hays-stateFORT HAYS STATE
MIAA
 7
8northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 8
9sioux-fallsSIOUX FALLS
NSIC
 9
10emporia-stateEMPORIA STATE
MIAA
 10

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
Northeast-10
 1
2southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
Northeast-10
 2
3franklin-pierceFRANKLIN PIERCE
Northeast-10
 5
4roberts-wesleyanROBERTS WESLEYAN
ECC
 4
5adelphiADELPHI
Northeast-10
 6
6jefferson-paJEFFERSON (PA.)
CACC
 7
7assumptionASSUMPTION
Northeast-10
 8
8wilmington-delWILMINGTON (DEL.)
CACC
 10
9le-moyneLE MOYNE
Northeast-10
 11
10bentleyBENTLEY
Northeast-10
 14

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 1
2walshWALSH
G-MAC
 3
3michigan-techMICHIGAN TECH
GLIAC
 4
4wayne-state-michWAYNE STATE (MICH.)
GLIAC
 7
5lewisLEWIS
GLVC
 2
6saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 8
7cedarvilleCEDARVILLE
G-MAC
 6
8illinois-springfieldILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
GLVC
 9
9findlayFINDLAY
G-MAC
 12
10northwood-michNORTHWOOD (MICH.)
G-MAC
 10

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 1
2alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 2
3mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 3
4embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 4
5florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 5
6saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 6
7tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 7
8montevalloMONTEVALLO
GSC
 8
9valdosta-stateVALDOSTA STATE
GSC
 9
10christian-brothersCHRISTIAN BROTHERS
GSC
 10

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 2
2colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 1
3colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 3
4western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 5
5uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 4
6west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 6
7colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA
RMAC
 8
8csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO
RMAC
 10
9black-hills-stateBLACK HILLS STATE
RMAC
 13
10south-dakota-minesSOUTH DAKOTA MINES
RMAC
 11

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1wingateWINGATE
SAC
 1
2augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 4
3anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 5
4emmanuel-gaEMMANUEL (GA.)
Conference Carolinas
 6
5catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 3
6unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 7
7flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 8
8lees-mcraeLEES-MCRAE
Conference Carolinas
 10
9tusculumTUSCULUM
SAC
 11
10georgia-collegeGEORGIA COLLEGE
PBC
 12

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 1
2fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC
PacWest
 2
3cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA
CCAA
 3
4azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC
PacWest
 4
5western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 5
6cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 6
7biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 7
8simon-fraserSIMON FRASER
GNAC
 8
9cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 9
10western-oregonWESTERN OREGON
GNAC
 10


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
Atlantic (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Charleston (W.Va.)11
Edinboro22
Concord33
Davis and Elkins44
Shippensburg55
Lock Haven76
Indiana (Pa.)87
West Liberty State68
Slippery Rock99
Kutztown10
Bloomsburg10
Central (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Augustana (S.D.)11
Missouri Southern22
Pittsburg State33
Neb.-Kearney44
Sioux Falls95
Central Missouri56
Northwest Missouri87
Minot State8
Rogers State9
Minnesota Duluth10
U-Mary6
Fort Hays State7
Emporia State10
East (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
American International11
Southern Connecticut22
Franklin Pierce33
Roberts Wesleyan44
Adelphi55
Jefferson (Pa.)66
Assumption77
Georgian Court8
Le Moyne99
Bentley1010
Wilmington (Del.)8
Midwest (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Grand Valley State11
Walsh22
Michigan Tech33
Wayne State (Mich.)44
Lewis55
Cedarville76
Saginaw Valley State67
Illinois-Springfield88
Northwood (Mich.)109
Findlay910
South (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Lee (Tenn.)11
Alabama-Huntsville22
Mississippi College33
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)44
Florida Southern55
Montevallo86
Saint Leo67
Tampa78
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)9
West Florida10
Valdosta State9
Christian Brothers10
South Central (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Adams State11
Colo. School of Mines22
Colorado Christian33
Western Colorado44
UC-Colorado Springs55
West Texas A&M66
CSU Pueblo87
Black Hills State98
Colorado Mesa79
Dallas Baptist10
South Dakota Mines10
Southeast (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Wingate11
Augusta22
Anderson (S.C.)33
Emmanuel (Ga.)44
Catawba55
UNC Pembroke66
Flagler77
Lees-McRae88
Georgia College109
Lincoln Memorial10
Tusculum9
West (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Chico State11
Cal Poly Pomona32
Azusa Pacific43
Fresno Pacific24
Western Washington55
Cal State San Marcos66
Biola (Calif.)77
Simon Fraser88
Cal State Stanislaus99
Western Oregon1010

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 15: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/27
Wed 9/28
Week 3Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 4Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 5Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Week 6Tue 10/25
Wed 10/26
Nov. 4-6: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/8
Wed 11/9
Nov. 18: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Wed 11/23
Dec. 2: NCAA Champs - Seattle, Wash.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/19
Fri 12/2