NCAA DII Men’s National Coaches’ Poll Shifts After Griak
NEW ORLEANS – While certainly not as eventful as last week’s NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, this week’s edition has its fair share of changes – mostly as a result of the Roy Griak Invitational.
Each of the top six teams in the poll announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) remained stationary from a week ago, but several other teams farther down the top-25 list made big moves after big weekends in Minnesota.
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Rounding out the top-six were No. 3 Adams State, No. 4 Chico State, No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona and Griak Champion No. 6 Augustana (S.D.).
While the Griak-winning Vikings weren’t able to move up, the two teams directly behind them in the standings did make significant gains.
Runner-up UC San Diego jumped up seven spots to No. 14, while third-place Black Hills State went from receiving votes outside the top-25 all the way to No. 17. That mark is tied for the highest in program history; the Yellow Jackets were also No. 17 last year in week five.
The Les Bolstad Golf Course wasn’t as kind to fifth-place Western Washington and sixth-place MSU Moorhead, however. The Vikings dropped seven spots to No. 21, while the Dragons fell six to No. 24.
Also new to the poll this year was No. 23 Bentley. Coming off a win at the Trevecca Nazarene DII Showcase Invitational, the men made their highest appearance in the poll since week seven of the 2012 season.
See the full poll below.
The USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll for DII ranks the top 25 teams in the country. Voting panel of eight consists of the eight regional representatives, per gender.
Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2016 Week #3 — September 28
|next poll: October 5|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Region (CR)||Conference||Head Coach (Yr*)|
|1||Colorado Mines (7)||199||South Central (1)||RMAC||Chris Siemers (5th)|
|2||Grand Valley State (1)||190||Midwest (1)||GLIAC||Jerry Baltes (18th)|
|3||Adams State||187||South Central (2)||RMAC||Damon Martin (22nd)|
|4||Chico State||176||West (1)||CCAA||Gary Towne (21st)|
|5||Cal Poly Pomona||159||West (2)||CCAA||Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (5th)|
|6||Augustana (S.D.)||157||Central (1)||NSIC||Tracy Hellman (16th)|
|7||Western State||152||South Central (3)||RMAC||Jennifer Michel (10th)|
|8||Shippensburg||149||Atlantic (1)||PSAC||Steve Spence (19th)|
|9||Alaska Anchorage||135||West (3)||GNAC||Michael Friess (27th)|
|10||Hillsdale||126||Midwest (2)||GLIAC||Andrew Towne (3rd)|
|11||CSU-Pueblo||124||South Central (4)||RMAC||Matt Morris (4th)|
|12||Southern Indiana||103||Midwest (3)||GLVC||Mike Hillyard (19th)|
|13||Mount Olive||97||Southeast (1)||Conf. Carolinas||Matt Van Lierop (8th)|
|14||UC San Diego||89||West (4)||CCAA||Nate Garcia (10th)|
|15||Lee (Tenn.)||78||South (1)||Gulf South||Caleb Morgan (3rd)|
|16||Lock Haven||68||Atlantic (2)||PSAC||Aaron Russell (19th)|
|17||Black Hills State||67||South Central (5)||RMAC||Scott Walkinshaw (19th)|
|18||American International||61||East (1)||Northeast-10||Leo Mayo (11th)|
|19||Missouri Southern||59||Central (2)||MIAA||Bryan Schiding (4th)|
|20||Saginaw Valley State||52||Midwest (4)||GLIAC||Rod Cowan (7th)|
|21||Western Washington||50||West (5)||GNAC||Pee Wee Halsell (30th)|
|22||West Texas A&M||26||South Central (6)||Lone Star||Darren Flowers (8th)|
|23||Bentley||19||East (2)||Northeast-10||Kevin Curtin (6th)|
|24||MSU Moorhead||18||Central (3)||NSIC||Ryan Milner (6th)|
|25||Cal Baptist||17||West (6)||PacWest||Ben Gall (5th)|
|25||Bellarmine||17||Midwest (5)||GLVC||Jim Vargo (17th)|
|Also Receiving Votes: Stonehill 10, Edinboro 6, Simon Fraser 3, Walsh 3, Harding 2, Queens (N.C.) 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 23 Stonehill|
|(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)|