Big Changes at the Top in Latest Division I Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 30, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The first big weekend in Division I cross country has come and gone, leaving in its wake some major shake-ups in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Regional Rankings released Monday.

A quartet of national top-11 men’s teams were dethroned from their regional favorite status, while a pair of new No. 1 teams emerged in the women’s regions, made possible by the overthrow in the West of defending national champion Oregon — all of which will make for an interesting new edition of the National Coaches Polls Tuesday.

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The most significant move on the men’s side came from the Mountain Region, where Colorado’s men, ranked third nationally, seized control of a loaded region from Northern Arizona, ranked No. 2 nationally. The Buffaloes were strong in their home Rocky Mountain Shootout, while Northern Arizona suffered an early-season loss to No. 1 Oklahoma State at the Cowboy Jamboree.

The nationally third-ranked women’s team — defending champion Oregon — was also on the move in the regional rankings, but in the opposite direction of the Buffaloes. Despite a runner-up showing to national No. 1 Providence at Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, the Ducks were overtaken by Arizona (No. 5 nationally) after the Wildcats dominated a Roy Griak field that included seven other nationally ranked DI teams and the top two squads from Division II.

Beantown last Friday was also the impetus for a pair of new No. 1 men’s teams. Oregon (No. 12 nationally), led by a pair of first-year runners in Edward Cheserek and Jake Leingang going 1-2 and without several key team members, trounced a field with three other nationally-ranked teams to jump two spots to No. 1 in the West Region. The Ducks moved past Portland (No. 7) and UCLA (No. 13).

Conversely, Wisconsin (No. 8 nationally) turned in a disappointing fourth-place showing at the Battle in Beantown, resulting in the Badgers’ slide down to No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region behind Indiana (No. 18).

In the Southeast Region, Eastern Kentucky (No. 11 nationally) was defeated by North Carolina at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational in a move that reflected itself in the regional rankings. The Tar Heels, who have not yet been nationally ranked this season, jumped three spots to No. 1 to displace EKU to No. 2.

Rounding out the new top-ranked regional squads is the Oklahoma State women (No. 22 nationally) moving to No. 1 in the Midwest Region, displacing Minnesota (No. 19). The Cowboys were winners at their home Jamboree, while the Golden Gophers were fourth at their home Roy Griak Invitational.

In other significant women’s regional rankings moves, Virginia jumped three spots to No. 2 in the Southeast Region ahead of William and Mary (No. 14 nationally) after beating the Tribe at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational, and behind ACC rival Duke (No. 4). Meanwhile Butler (No. 29) overtook Notre Dame (No. 18) for the third spot in the Great Lakes Region.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Week #3 — September 30

national poll release: October 1
next regional release: October 7
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
2
2 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
1
3 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
3
4 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
4
5 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
5
6 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
6
7 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
7
8 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
8
9 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley
9
10 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
NR
11 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
10
12 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
11
13 Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio American
12
14 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
13
15 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin, 2010: Wisconsin, 2009: Wisconsin, 2008: Wisconsin
(Wisconsin has won 11-straight Great Lakes Region titles)
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
1
2 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
2
3 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
3
4 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
4
5 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
5
6 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
6
7 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
7
8 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
8
9 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
9
10 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
10
11 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
11
12 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
12
13 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
13
14 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
14
15 Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. Metro Atlantic
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown, 2010: Princeton, 2009: Georgetown, 2008: Georgetown
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
1
2 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. Conference USA
2
3 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
3
4 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
10
5 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
6
6 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
4
7 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
5
8 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
7
9 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
8
10 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
11
11 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
9
12 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
12
13 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Big Ten
NR
14 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
13
15 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Oklahoma/Oklahoma State, 2011: Oklahoma State, 2010: Oklahoma, 2009: Oklahoma State, 2008: Oklahoma State
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
2
2 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
1
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
3
4 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
7
5 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
4
6 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
6
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
5
8 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
11
9 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
8
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
9
11 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
10
12 Utah Valley Orem, Utah WAC
12
13 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
13
14 UTEP El Paso,Texas Conference USA
14
15 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Northern Arizona, 2011: BYU, 2010: New Mexico, 2009: BYU, 2008: Colorado
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
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 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
5
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
7 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
8
8 Northeastern Boston, Mass. Colonial
NR
9 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
7
10 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
9
11 Army West Point, N.Y. Patriot
10
12 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
NR
13 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
11
14 Maine Orono, Maine America East
12
15 UMass Amherst, Mass. Atlantic 10
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse, 2008: Iona
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
1
2 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
2
3 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
3
4 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
5
5 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
4
6 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
6
7 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
7
8 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
8
9 ETSU Johnson City, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
9
10 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
10
11 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
11
12 Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla. MEAC
12
13 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
13
14 Memphis Memphis, Tenn. American
14
15 Samford Birmingham, Ala. Southern
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Alabama, 2009: Alabama, 2008: Alabama
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
2
3 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
3
4 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
4
5 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
5
6 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
6
7 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
7
8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
8
9 Ark.-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Sun Belt
9
10 Houston Houston, Texas American
10
11 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
11
12 ULM Monroe, La. Sun Belt
12
13 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
13
14 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
14
15 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Texas, 2011: Texas, 2010: Arkansas, 2009: Arkansas, 2008: Texas A&M
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
4
2 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
1
3 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
2
4 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
6
5 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
6 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
15
7 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
8
8 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
5
9 Louisville Louisville, Ky. American
7
10 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
9
11 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
11
12 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
12
13 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
10
14 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
13
15 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Southern
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Virginia, 2011: NC State, 2010: William and Mary, 2009: William and Mary, 2008: William and Mary
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
3
2 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
1
3 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
2
4 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
4
5 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
5
6 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
6
7 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
7
8 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
9
9 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
10
10 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast
12
11 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
11
12 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
8
13 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
13
14 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
14
15 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford, 2010: Oregon, 2009: Stanford, 2008: Oregon

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Week #3 — September 30

national poll release: October 1
next regional release: October 7
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
1
2 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
2
3 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
4
4 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
3
5 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
5
6 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
6
7 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
7
8 Ohio Athens, Ohio Mid-American
8
9 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
9
10 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
10
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
14
12 Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio Big East
11
13 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
12
14 Dayton Dayton, Ohio Atlantic 10
13
15 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Michigan, 2011: Michigan, 2010: Michigan State, 2009: Notre Dame, 2008: Michigan
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
1
2 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
2
3 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
3
4 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
4
5 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. Big 12
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
7
7 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
8 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
6
9 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
10
10 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
9
11 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
11
12 Maryland College Park, Md. ACC
12
13 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
14
14 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
15
15 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Penn State, 2011: Georgetown/Villanova, 2010: Villanova, 2009: Villanova, 2008: Princeton/West Virginia
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
2
2 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
1
3 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
3
4 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. Conference USA
4
5 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
5
6 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
7
7 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
8
8 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. Summit League
6
9 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
9
10 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
NR
11 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
10
12 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
11
13 Saint Louis St. Louis, Mo. Atlantic 10
12
14 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
13
15 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Iowa State, 2011: Iowa State, 2010: Iowa State, 2009: Minnesota, 2008: Minnesota
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
2
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
3
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
5
5 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
4
6 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
6
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
7
8 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
8
9 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
9
10 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
10
11 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
11
12 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
12
13 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
13
14 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
14
15 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Weber State, 2011: New Mexico/Colorado, 2010: New Mexico, 2009: Colorado, 2008: Texas Tech
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
1
2 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
2
3 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
3
4 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
4
5 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
5
6 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
6
7 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
7
8 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
12
9 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
8
10 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
14
11 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
10
12 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
11
13 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
9
14 Vermont Burlington, Vt. America East
13
15 Albany Albany, N.Y. America East
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse, 2008: Providence
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
1
2 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. SEC
2
3 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
3
4 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
5
5 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
4
6 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
6
7 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
7
8 UAB Birmingham, Ala. Conference USA
8
9 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
9
10 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
10
11 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
11
12 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
12
13 Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss. Conference USA
13
14 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
14
15 USF Tampa, Florida American
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Florida State, 2009: Florida, 2008: Florida State
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
3
4 SMU University Park, Texas American
4
5 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
5
6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
12
7 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
6
8 Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas Southland
11
9 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
7
10 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
8
11 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
9
12 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
NR
13 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
NR
14 Texas Southern Houston, Texas SWAC
NR
15 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas, 2010: Texas, 2009: SMU, 2008: Arkansas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
1
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
5
3 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
2
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
5 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
6
6 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
7
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. American
8
8 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
9
9 UNCG Greensboro, N.C. Southern
13
10 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
10
11 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
11
12 Elon Elon, N.C. Southern
12
13 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
4
14 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
14
15 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Southern
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia, 2010: Virginia, 2009: Duke, 2008: Virginia
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
2
2 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
1
3 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
3
4 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
4
5 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
5
6 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
6
7 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Pac-12
7
8 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
8
9 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
10
10 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
11
11 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
12
12 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
14
13 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
13
14 Idaho Moscow, Idaho WAC
15
15 Sacramento State Sacramento, Calif. Big Sky
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington, 2009: Washington, 2008: Washington