NEW ORLEANS, La. The Michigan Tech men's and women's cross country programs are well represented in the national and regional United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll. The MTU men are ranked fourth in the Midwest and 20th nationally, while the women are placed third in the region and 12th in the country. The national rankings are the highest for either team in program history.
The Michigan Tech women enjoy some of their highest preseason rankings in program history, standing fourth in the Midwest and 12th in the country. Fresh off a seventh-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships, the Huskies received 109 total points in the poll. They rank 11 points ahead of Walsh and 13 points behind Hillsdale in the national poll, and they rank ahead of and behind the same two schools in the Midwest Region preseason poll.
On the men's side, a third-place finish at the GLIAC Championships and a seventh-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships has the men picked 20th in the country with 50 points. Tech ranks eight points ahead of Black Hills State and 10 points behind Mount Olive in the national poll, while they rank ahead of Walsh and behind Southern Indiana in the preseason regional poll.
Defending champion on the men's and women's sides, Grand Valley State ranks as the top team in the country in both polls. Also representing the GLIAC in the national rankings is Wayne State (19th, 55 pts.) in the women's poll and Saginaw Valley State (8th, 145 pts.) in the men's standings.
The regional rankings are chosen subjectively by a member coach in each region. The national poll is comprised of votes by the coaches of USTFCCCA members across the country.
The season officially begins on September 13 at the MSU Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan.