Grand Valley State and Ashland Ranked No. 3 and No. 24 Respectively in the USTFCCCA Top 25

Grand Valley State and Ashland Ranked No. 3 and No. 24 Respectively in the USTFCCCA Top 25

Release courtesy of Tom Lewis, Communications Manager, USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week six national team rankings for the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country season. Western State now holds the nation’s top spot in both men’s and women’s rankings, taking over the men’s top spot for the first time this year after defeating then-No. 1 Adams State at the RMAC Championships last week. Western State, Adams State, and Grand Valley State are in the top three of both men’s and women’s rankings.

For the complete release on the USTFCCCA website click here

* Western State takes over the top spot for the first time since November 6, 2007. The Mountaineers unseated in-conference rival Adams State by besting the Grizzlies, 28-31 at the RMAC Championships in Denver this past weekend. It was the first conference title for WSC since 2004 and broke Adams State’s streak of six-straight league crowns. The Mountaineers were led by Tyler Pennel who also took the individual conference crown with a 11-second victory of 24:59 in the 8k race.

* New Mexico Highlands (No. 15) and Stonehill (No. 19) reached their highest spot this season in the rankings with this week’s release.

* The RMAC leads all leagues with five schools in the top 25, followed by the Northeast-10, PSAC, and RMAC with three each.

    

USTFCCCA D-II Men's Cross Country National Team Rankings

Rank Institution Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Western State Central RMAC Jennifer Michel (5th)
2
2 Adams State Central RMAC Damon Martin (17th)
1
3 Grand Valley State Midwest GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th)
3
4 Colorado Mines Central RMAC Art Siemers (10th)
4
5 Chico State West CCAA Gary Towne (16th)
5
6 Southern Indiana Midwest GLVC Mike Hillyard (14th)
6
7 Augustana (S.D.) Central NSIC Tracy Hellman (11th)
8
8 Edinboro Atlantic PSAC Doug Watts (43rd)
7
9 Eastern New Mexico South Central Lone Star Mike Harney (1st)
9
10 Central Missouri South Central MIAA Kirk Pedersen (25th)
10
11 Alaska Anchorage West GNAC Michael Friess (21st)
11
12 East Central (Okla.) South Central Great American Steve Sawyer (3rd)
12
13 Queens (N.C.) Southeast Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th)
15
14 Minnesota State Central NSIC Mark Schuck (30th)
13
15 New Mexico Highlands Central RMAC Bob DeVries (20th)
20
16 Metro State Central RMAC John Supsic (2nd)
14
17 Bellarmine Midwest GLVC Jim Vargo (12th)
17
18 Shippensburg Atlantic PSAC Steve Spence (14th)
18
19 Stonehill East Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th)
23
20 Western Washington West GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (25th)
19
21 Lock Haven Atlantic PSAC Aaron Russell (14th)
21
22 Southern Connecticut East Northeast-10 John Wallin (2nd)
NR
23 Western Oregon West GNAC Mike Johnson (8th)
22
24 Ashland Midwest GLIAC Trent Mack (2nd)
24
25 UMass Lowell East Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (10th)
16

 

Dropped Out: none

 

teams ranked by T.J. Garlatz, Alaska Anchorage

 

(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)


 

USTFCCCA Men's Midwest Region Rankings

Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich. GLIAC
1
2 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. GLVC
2
3 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. GLVC
4
4 Ashland Ashland, Ohio GLIAC
3
5 Wayne State (Mich.) Detroit, Mich. GLIAC
NR
6 Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. GLIAC
6
7 UW-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. GLVC
9
8 Hillsdale Hillsdale, Mich. GLIAC
5
9 Missouri S&T Rolla, Mo. GLVC
10
10 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. GLVC
N
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