Nearly Every Team Moves in Newest NCAA DII Men’s National Poll
NEW ORLEANS – Defending NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country Champion Colorado Mines maintained its status atop the week two edition of the National Coaches’ Polls, but it was moving week for pretty much the rest of the top-25.
The Orediggers were one of just three teams that held steady from last week in the new men’s poll announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). One was No. 4 Chico State and the other was No. 20 Saginaw Valley State.
Everyone else checked in with a different rank from a week ago, including five teams – a full one-fifth of the poll – that joined for the first time this season with plenty of running left to do until the November 19 NCAA Championships in Saint Leo, Florida.
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Adams State, which was idle, returned to the No. 3 position ahead of Chico State.
Making the biggest jump of any team in the top-10 was No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona, which improved five spots from last time. The Broncos were the runners-up at the UC-Riverside Invitational behind fifth-place Mark Huizar, propelling them to their highest rank in program history.
No. 6 Augustana (S.D.) moved up one spot, displacing Shippensburg down to No. 7. Western State moved up one spot to No. 8, followed by Alaska Anchorage at No. 9 after a four-spot dip.
Moving up to No. 10 was CSU-Pueblo for its first-ever top-10 appearance. The ThunderWolves defeated DI Utah State on a tiebreak, 57-57, to win the Montana State Invitational this past weekend behind individual winner Derrick Williams.
Perhaps no team, though, made a bigger impression this weekend than the Hillsdale men. The Chargers went from unranked to No. 11 – its highest rank since 2014 and tied for its third-best mark in program history – after finishing fifth at Michigan State ahead of regional foe Southern Indiana. Those Screaming Eagles, meanwhile, fell five spots to No. 13.
Top-25 teams from last week moving up the most were No. 15 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 19 American International, which both improved six spots. For Lee, this is the highest rank in program history.
No. 12 Mount Olive moved up five spots from last time.
Joining the polls for the first time this year along with Hillsdale were No. 21 UC San Diego, No. 22 Missouri Southern, No. 24 Bellarmine and No. 25 Cal Baptist. For Bellarmine, this marks the first top-25 appearance since week six of the 2011 season.
See the full National Coaches’ 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 #2 — September 21
|next poll: September 28|
|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)||189||Midwest (1)||GLIAC||Jerry Baltes (18th)|
|3||Adams State||187||South Central (2)||RMAC||Damon Martin (22nd)|
|4||Chico State||177||West (1)||CCAA||Gary Towne (21st)|
|5||Cal Poly Pomona||158||West (2)||CCAA||Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (5th)|
|6||Augustana (S.D.)||156||Central (1)||NSIC||Tracy Hellman (16th)|
|7||Shippensburg||153||Atlantic (1)||PSAC||Steve Spence (19th)|
|8||Western State||149||South Central (3)||RMAC||Jennifer Michel (10th)|
|9||Alaska Anchorage||140||West (3)||GNAC||Michael Friess (27th)|
|10||CSU-Pueblo||119||South Central (4)||RMAC||Matt Morris (4th)|
|11||Hillsdale||116||Midwest (2)||GLIAC||Andrew Towne (3rd)|
|12||Mount Olive||97||Southeast (1)||Conf. Carolinas||Matt Van Lierop (8th)|
|13||Southern Indiana||95||Midwest (3)||GLVC||Mike Hillyard (19th)|
|14||Western Washington||91||West (4)||GNAC||Pee Wee Halsell (30th)|
|15||Lee (Tenn.)||89||South (1)||Gulf South||Caleb Morgan (3rd)|
|16||Lock Haven||70||Atlantic (2)||PSAC||Aaron Russell (19th)|
|17||West Texas A&M||66||South Central (5)||Lone Star||Darren Flowers (8th)|
|18||MSU Moorhead||64||Central (2)||NSIC||Ryan Milner (6th)|
|19||American International||61||East (1)||Northeast-10||Leo Mayo (11th)|
|20||Saginaw Valley State||54||Midwest (4)||GLIAC||Rod Cowan (7th)|
|21||UC San Diego||37||West (5)||CCAA||Nate Garcia (10th)|
|22||Missouri Southern||35||Central (3)||MIAA||Bryan Schiding (4th)|
|23||Stonehill||32||East (2)||Northeast-10||Karen Boen (19th)|
|24||Bellarmine||19||Midwest (5)||GLVC||Jim Vargo (17th)|
|25||Cal Baptist||11||West (6)||PacWest||Ben Gall (5th)|
|Also Receiving Votes: Walsh 10, Black Hills State 9, Harding 7, UW-Parkside 3, Edinboro 3, Queens (N.C.) 2, Lewis 1, Dallas Baptist 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 12 Lewis, No. 13 UW-Parkside, No. 14 East Central (Okla.), No. 23 SF State, No. 24 Walsh|
|(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)|