Cross Country Starts Rolling This Weekend, Preseason D-I Regional Rankings Out

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 30, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The 2010 collegiate cross country season will begin this upcoming week and weekend with several meets across the country, so what better time than now to take some early looks at the squads that will be in contention in their respective regions. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings announced Monday are a reflection of a team’s strengths entering the year based on returning and new runners on each squad as selected by a representative in each region.

PDF: Regional Rankings Summary
Regional Rankings / National Polls Central | Championship Sites | Weekly Results (2010 listing coming this week)

NCAA Regional Championships will take place on November 13 at nine sites. A complete listing can be found here … http://www.ustfccca.org/ustfccca-calendar/future-collegiate-championships. The top two teams in each region earn automatic berths to the national NCAA Championships and will be joined by 13 at-large squads – a format that has been in place since 1998. The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Mountain region had three of its men’s teams finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships last fall as Northern Arizona claimed fourth, Colorado sixth, and New Mexico eighth. While BYU won the region last year, the Cougars sit fourth in the preseason rankings, behind the Lumberjacks, Buffaloes, and Lobos. Oklahoma State, the defending national champion men’s team is No. 1 in the Midwest region with Oklahoma and Iowa State rounding out the top three.

On the women’s side, the Mid-Atlantic region witnessed three from the region notch top-10 national finishes a year ago, including national champion Villanova. The Wildcats enter the year as the top-ranked team in the region. Princeton, who was fifth at the national meet last fall, is second in the region with Georgetown, West Virginia, and Penn State – all NCAA qualifying teams a year ago – composing the rest of the top five. The Mountaineers was the nation’s sixth-place finishing team in 2009.

Eleven men’s squads from the Big 12 Conference made the regional top 15 in their respective regions while the ACC, Big East, and Big Ten placed nine in the lists. On the women’s side, all 12 members of the Big 12 were mentioned in the preseason regional rankings. The Big Ten notched all of 11 of their members in the listing, the ACC also had 11, and the Big East claimed ten spots.

The top 30 teams in the national cross country coaches’ poll in Division I will be released on Tuesday. The next regional rankings will be released on September 13.

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2010 Preseason — August 30

national poll release: August 31
next regional release: September 13
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten 1
2 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten 2
3 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Horizon 5
4 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten 8
5 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten 3
6 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley 4
7 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten 10
8 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American 9
9 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. BIG EAST 7
10 Kent State Kent, Ohio Mid-American 6
11 Dayton Dayton, Ohio Atlantic 10 13
12 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. BIG EAST 12
13 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten 15
14 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American 14
15 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American 18
MID ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Georgetown Washington, D.C. BIG EAST 1
2 Villanova Villanova, Pa. BIG EAST 2
3 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy 6
4 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10 3
5 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot 4
6 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10 5
7 American Washington, D.C. Patriot 7
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10 8
9 Temple Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10 9
10 Maryland College Park, Md. ACC 10
11 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot 11
12 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy 11
13 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial 13
14 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. BIG EAST 14
15 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot 15
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12 1
2 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12 2
3 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12 3
4 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten 4
5 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten 6
6 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. Conference USA 7
7 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Big 12 8
8 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten 10
9 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley 5
10 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12 9
11 Missouri Columbia, Mo. Big 12 11
12 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley 12
13 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League 13
14 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Horizon 14
15 Illinois Chicago Chicago, Ill. Horizon 15
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky 4
2 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Big 12 2
3 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West 3
4 BYU Provo, Utah Mountain West 1
5 UTEP El Paso,Texas Conference USA 5
6 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West 6
7 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky 8
8 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Summit League 11
9 Utah State Logan, Utah WAC 7
10 Utah Valley Orem, Utah Great West 10
11 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky 9
12 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. WAC 14
13 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West 13
14 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky 12
15 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12 15
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. BIG EAST 1
2 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic 2
3 Providence Providence, R.I. BIG EAST 3
4 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy 4
5 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy 7
6 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy 5
7 Binghamton Vestal, N.Y. America East 8
8 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy 9
9 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy 10
10 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy 6
11 UMass Amherst, Mass. Atlantic 10 11
12 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East 14
13 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East 12
14 Marist Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Metro Atlantic 16
15 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Mid-American 13
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC 1
2 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC 2
3 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC 5
4 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC 6
5 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC 4
6 South Alabama Mobile, Ala. Sun Belt 7
7 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC 3
8 Kennesaw State Kennesaw, Ga. Atlantic Sun 8
9 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun 10
10 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC 9
11 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. SoCon 12
12 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC 11
13 Jacksonville State Jacksonville, Ala. Ohio Valley 19
14 USF Tampa, Florida BIG EAST 19
15 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun 16
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC 1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12 2
3 Texas A&M College Station, Texas Big 12 4
4 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland 3
5 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland 6
6 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland 5
7 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12 7
8 Ark.-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Sun Belt 8
9 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA 10
10 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Southland 8
11 TCU Fort Worth, Texas Mountain West
12 Houston Houston, Texas Conference USA 13
13 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland 12
14 UTPA Edinburg, Texas Great West 14
15 North Texas Denton, Texas Sun Belt
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC 2
2 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC 4
3 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC 5
4 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC 6
5 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial 1
6 Louisville Louisville, Ky. BIG EAST 3
7 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South 9
8 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC 8
9 George Mason Fairfax, Va. Colonial 10
10 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC 13
11 Davidson Davidson, N.C. SoCon 12
12 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. SoCon 11
13 Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. Atlantic 10 14
14 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC 15
15 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley 7
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-10 1
2 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-10 3
3 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast 2
4 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-10 5
5 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West 5
6 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-10 7
7 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-10 8
8 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-10 4
9 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West 11
10 UC Riverside Riverside, Calif. Big West 12
11 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-10
12 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast 13
13 Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. Big West 14
14 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-10 10
15 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West 8

 

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2010 Preseason — August 30

national poll release: August 31
next regional release: September 13
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. BIG EAST 1
2 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten 5
3 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten 12
4 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten 3
5 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten 4
6 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American 6
7 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten 2
8 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American 8
9 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten 7
10 Ohio Athens, Ohio Mid-American 20
11 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American 9
12 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Horizon 10
13 Dayton Dayton, Ohio Atlantic 10 14
14 Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio BIG EAST 13
15 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American 16
MID ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Villanova Villanova, Pa. BIG EAST 1
2 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy 2
3 Georgetown Washington, D.C. BIG EAST 5
4 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. BIG EAST 3
5 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten 4
6 Maryland College Park, Md. ACC 6
7 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy 10
8 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot 12
9 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10 17
10 Lafayette Easton, Pa. Patriot 9
11 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial 8
12 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10 7
13 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot 11
14 Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. BIG EAST 14
15 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10 13
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12 3
2 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten 1
3 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten 5
4 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Big 12 4
5 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley 6
6 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
7 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12 10
8 Missouri Columbia, Mo. Big 12 7
9 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. Conference USA 8
10 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12 9
11 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten 2
12 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley 13
13 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
14 Missouri State Springfield, Mo. Missouri Valley 12
15 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten 14
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12 2
2 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Big 12 1
3 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West 5
4 UTEP El Paso,Texas Conference USA 4
5 BYU Provo, Utah Mountain West 3
6 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West 6
7 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky 7
8 Utah Valley Orem, Utah Great West 8
9 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. WAC 9
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky 11
11 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Summit League 10
12 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky 12
13 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West 13
14 Utah State Logan, Utah WAC 14
15 Nevada Reno, Nevada WAC 16
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. BIG EAST 1
2 Providence Providence, R.I. BIG EAST 2
3 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East 3
4 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy 5
5 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic 4
6 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy 8
7 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy 6
8 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC 7
9 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy 9
10 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East 11
11 Quinnipiac Hamden, Conn. Northeast 13
12 Maine Orono, Maine America East 10
13 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy 12
14 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. BIG EAST 16
15 Vermont Burlington, Vt. America East 14
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC 2
2 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC 1
3 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. SEC 5
4 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC 4
5 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC 6
6 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC 7
7 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC 3
8 Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun 9
9 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC 10
10 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun 11
11 UAB Birmingham, Ala. Conference USA 8
12 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC 13
13 USF Tampa, Florida BIG EAST 12
14 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. SoCon 16
15 Samford Birmingham, Ala. SoCon 15
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 SMU University Park, Texas Conference USA 1
2 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA 5
3 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC 3
4 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12 2
5 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12 4
6 Texas A&M College Station, Texas Big 12 9
7 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland 8
8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland 6
9 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Southland 18
10 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland 14
11 Houston Houston, Texas Conference USA 7
12 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland 10
13 Nicholls State Thibodaux, La. Southland 12
14 Tulane New Orleans, La. Conference USA 15
15 North Texas Denton, Texas Sun Belt 13
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC 1
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC 2
3 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC 5
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC 3
5 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC 12
6 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC 8
7 Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. Atlantic 10 13
8 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial 6
9 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley 10
10 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10 9
11 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC 15
12 George Mason Fairfax, Va. Colonial 16
13 Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. Sun Belt 11
14 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial 4
15 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC 19
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2009 FINISH
1 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-10 1
2 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-10 2
3 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-10 3
4 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-10 5
5 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-10 4
6 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-10 8
7 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West 6
8 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West 7
9 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast 10
10 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast 13
11 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Pac-10 9
12 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast 16
13 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-10 11
14 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West 12
15 Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. Big West 14