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DII Men’s National Poll Sets the Stage for Conference Championships

DII Men’s National Poll Sets the Stage for Conference Championships

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA
October 12, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – The postseason has all but arrived in NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country, and the last regular-season edition of the National Coaches’ Poll sets the stage for what should be dramatic conference championships in two weekends’ time.
Support has begun to coalesce for Adams State as the top team in the nation, as the Grizzlies earned seven of the eight possible first-place votes in the poll announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Adams State2)Grand Valley State3)Colorado Mines4)Chico State5)Cal Poly Pomona
Adams StateGVSUColorado MinesChico StateCal Poly Pomona
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Just one week ago, four teams were garnering first-place nods; this week, it’s down to two. Only No. 2 Grand Valley State managed to hold on to a top vote of its own, though both defending national champion No. 3 Colorado Mines and No. 4 Chico State stayed put in the poll.
Cal Poly Pomona also remained stationary to round out the top five.
It was a relatively quiet week in the top 10, as No. 6 Western State swapped spots with No. 8 CSU-Pueblo, and Alaska Anchorage dropped a spot to No. 9. Completing the top-10 were a pair of stationary teams in No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) and No. 10 Southern Indiana.
Led by No. 1 Adams State and defending national champ Colorado Mines, the RMAC has four teams ranked top-eight in the nation – setting up an exciting showdown at Black Hills State on October 22. Host Black Hills State also moved up in the rankings this week, checking in at No. 13 with a one-spot gain.
The CCAA should be likewise compelling as No. 4 Chico State and No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona square off on CPP’s turf on October 22. They’ll both be challenged by No. 12 UC San Diego.
Elsewhere in the poll, Lee (Tenn.) moved up 10 spots to No. 14 – its highest rank in program history – with a win at the Royals Challenge over No. 17 Mount Olive, 58-70.
Academy of Art broke into the top-25 for the first time in program history, checking in at No. 24 after winning the SF State Invitational.
No. 25 Lewis returned to the top-25 after a strong third-place showing at its Conference Crossover meet this past weekend behind top-10 GVSU and USI.
The full poll can be found 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 #5 — October 12

next poll: October 26
RankInstitution (FPV)PointsRegion (CR)ConferenceHead Coach (Yr*)
1Adams State (7)199South CentralRMACDamon Martin (22nd)
2Grand Valley State (1)193MidwestGLIACJerry Baltes (18th)
3Colorado Mines181South CentralRMACChris Siemers (5th)
4Chico State179WestCCAAGary Towne (21st)
5Cal Poly Pomona167WestCCAAOctavious Gillespie-Bennett (5th)
6Western State157South CentralRMACJennifer Michel (10th)
7Augustana (S.D.)151CentralNSICTracy Hellman (16th)
8CSU-Pueblo142South CentralRMACMatt Morris (4th)
9Alaska Anchorage138WestGNACMichael Friess (27th)
10Southern Indiana133MidwestGLVCMike Hillyard (19th)
11Hillsdale116MidwestGLIACAndrew Towne (3rd)
12UC San Diego111WestCCAANate Garcia (10th)
13Black Hills State80South CentralRMACScott Walkinshaw (19th)
14Lee (Tenn.)78SouthGulf SouthCaleb Morgan (3rd)
15Saginaw Valley State75MidwestGLIACRod Cowan (7th)
16Missouri Southern73CentralMIAABryan Schiding (4th)
17Cal Baptist66WestPacWestBen Gall (5th)
17Mount Olive66SoutheastConf. CarolinasMatt Van Lierop (8th)
19American International57EastNortheast-10Leo Mayo (11th)
20Lock Haven49AtlanticPSACAaron Russell (19th)
21Walsh48MidwestGLIACRob Mizicko (5th)
22West Texas A&M36South CentralLone StarDarren Flowers (8th)
23Shippensburg32AtlanticPSACSteve Spence (19th)
24Academy of Art26WestPacWestTorrey Olson (2nd)
25Lewis20MidwestGLVCJames Kearney (3rd)
Also Receiving Votes: Bellarmine 12, MSU Moorhead 7, Simon Fraser 7, Stonehill 1
Dropped Out: No. 22 Western Washington, No. 23 Bellarmine
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

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