National Champions in Very Different Positions in Preseason DI Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

August 25, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With the Division I Cross Country season set to kick off this weekend, last year’s men’s and women’s national team champions find themselves in much different positions in the preseason Regional Team Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday afternoon.

With everyone back for men’s champion Colorado, the Buffaloes will begin their 2014 title defense atop the Mountain Region – arguably the toughest region in the country with three of last year’s top four teams in Colorado, runner-up Northern Arizona and fourth-place BYU ranked in that order.

The Providence women face a much steeper uphill climb to reclaim their national title. With All-Americans Emily Sisson and Laura Nagel now out of the picture, the Friars were tabbed third in the Northeast Region behind upstart squads at Syracuse (third in the regionals in 2013) and Boston College (fifth in the region).

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How these teams fare in the preseason National Coaches Poll will be revealed Tuesday.

Another men’s region that could challenge the Mountain for the title of deepest in the nation is the West. Last year’s regional runner-up Oregon – led by defending individual national champ Edward Cheserek – is in the top spot to begin the season over reigning champion Stanford and third-place Portland.

Indiana of the Great Lakes Region embodies the trend most deeply. Despite finishing fourth in their region a year ago, the Hoosiers stormed to an eighth-place national finish and return most of their cast. Regional champ Michigan begins No. 3 behind Wisconsin.

Likewise, NC State and Florida State moved up from third at last year’s Southeast and South region championships, respectively, to preseason favorite status in 2014. Southeast champ Eastern Kentucky begins No. 3, while the South champ Georgia dropped all the way to No. 5.

Defending regional men’s champions selected as the preseason favorites were Arkansas (South Central), Villanova (Mid-Atlantic), Syracuse (Northeast), and Oklahoma State (Midwest).

Meanwhile in a trend very much the opposite of the men, the defending national champion Friar women are on the outside looking in as six of the nine regional champions from 2013 return as preseason favorites.

West Region champion Arizona took the biggest hit as the Wildcats checked in down at No. 7, while Villanova was edged out by Georgetown for the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Taking over in the West is Oregon, which finished third a year ago at their Regional Championships.

Reigning regional champions who start at No. 1 include Michigan (Great Lakes), Colorado (Mountain), Arkansas (South Central), Virginia (Southeast), Iowa State (Midwest), and Florida State (South).

NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country Friday, November 14.

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Preseason — August 25

national poll release: August 26
next regional release: September 15
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
4
2 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
2
3 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
1
4 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
6
5 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
5
6 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
7
7 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
3
8 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
8
9 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
9
10 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
10
11 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
11
12 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
18
13 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley
16
14 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
12
15 Kent State Kent, Ohio Mid-American
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin, 2010: Wisconsin, 2009: Wisconsin
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
1
2 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
2
3 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
3
4 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
4
5 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
5
6 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
7
7 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
8
8 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
6
9 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
10
10 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
11
11 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
9
12 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
12
13 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
13
14 Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. Metro Atlantic
14
15 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown, 2010: Princeton, 2009: Georgetown
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
1
2 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
2
3 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
3
4 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
4
5 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
7
6 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
5
7 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
8
8 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
6
9 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Big Ten
9
10 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
10
11 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
11
12 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
15
13 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
17
14 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
13
15 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Oklahoma State, 2012: Oklahoma State/Oklahoma,2011: Oklahoma State, 2010: Oklahoma, 2009: Oklahoma State
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
2
2 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
1
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
4
4 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
3
5 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
6
6 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
5
7 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
7
8 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
8
9 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
10
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
14
11 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
11
12 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
9
13 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
12
14 Utah Valley Orem, Utah WAC
13
15 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho Big Sky
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Northern Arizona, 2012: Northern Arizona, 2011: BYU, 2010: New Mexico, 2009: BYU
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
2 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
3
3 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
4
4 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
2
5 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
7
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
7 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
5
8 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
9
9 Northeastern Boston, Mass. Colonial
15
10 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
11
11 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
12
12 Canisius Buffalo, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
16
13 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
17
14 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
13
15 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
18
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
3
2 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
4
3 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
2
4 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
9
5 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
1
6 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
6
7 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
8
8 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
13
9 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
10
10 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
NR
11 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
5
12 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
14
13 Memphis Memphis, Tenn. American
15
14 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
11
15 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
2
3 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
3
4 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
7
5 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
4
6 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
6
7 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
5
8 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
8
9 Houston Houston, Texas American
11
10 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
10
11 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
9
12 Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas Southland
14
13 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
12
14 Ark.-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Sun Belt
13
15 Houston Baptist Houston, Texas Southland
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas, 2011: Texas, 2010: Arkansas, 2009: Arkansas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
2
3 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
1
4 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
4
5 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
6
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
5
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
7
8 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
8
9 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
9
10 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
10
11 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
12
12 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
17
13 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
16
14 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
15
15 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
19
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Eastern Kentucky, 2012: Virginia, 2011: NC State, 2010: William and Mary, 2009: William and Mary
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
2
2 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
1
3 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
3
4 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
6
5 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
9
6 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
5
7 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
12
8 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
7
9 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
4
10 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
11
11 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
10
12 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
16
13 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
14
14 Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. Big West
17
15 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford, 2010: Oregon, 2009: Stanford

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Preseason — August 25

national poll release: August 26
next regional release: September 15
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
1
2 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
3
3 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
2
4 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
5
5 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
8
6 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
7
7 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
6
8 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
4
9 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
11
10 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
9
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
13
12 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. Big East
14
13 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
12
14 Dayton Dayton, Ohio Atlantic 10
16
15 Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio Mid-American
17
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan, 2011: Michigan, 2010: Michigan State, 2009: Notre Dame
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
2
2 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
1
3 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. Big 12
4
4 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
3
5 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
7
8 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial
8
9 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
9
10 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
10
11 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
11
12 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
12
13 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
13
14 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
14
15 Maryland College Park, Md. Big Ten
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State, 2011: Villanova/Georgetown,2010: Villanova, 2009: Villanova
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
1
2 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
3
3 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
2
4 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
4
5 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
6
6 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
5
7 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
7
8 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
8
9 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
9
10 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
12
11 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
11
12 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
10
13 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
13
14 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
15
15 Saint Louis St. Louis, Mo. Atlantic 10
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Iowa State, 2012: Iowa State, 2011: Iowa State, 2010: Iowa State, 2009: Minnesota
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
2
3 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
4
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
6
5 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
3
6 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
5
7 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
8
8 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
7
9 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
13
10 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
9
11 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
11
12 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
10
13 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
12
14 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
14
15 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State, 2011: New Mexico/Colorado,2010: New Mexico, 2009: Colorado
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
3
2 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
5
3 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
1
4 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
2
5 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
4
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
7 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
9
8 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
7
9 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
8
10 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
12
11 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
11
12 Albany Albany, N.Y. America East
10
13 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
13
14 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
14
15 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Providence, 2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
1
2 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. SEC
2
3 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
3
4 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
7
5 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
8
6 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
6
7 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
5
8 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
4
9 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
9
10 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
10
11 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
12
12 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
14
13 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
13
14 Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss. Conference USA
11
15 UAB Birmingham, Ala. Conference USA
16
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Florida State, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Florida State, 2009: Florida
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 SMU University Park, Texas American
2
3 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
3
4 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
6
5 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
4
6 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
7
7 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
5
8 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
8
9 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
9
10 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
10
11 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
11
12 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
12
13 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
13
14 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
14
15 Houston Baptist Houston, Texas Southland
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas, 2010: Texas, 2009: SMU
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
1
2 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
5
3 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
4 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
2
5 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
4
6 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
7
7 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
8
8 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
12
9 Elon Elon, N.C. Colonial
9
10 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
13
11 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial
15
12 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
10
13 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
6
14 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
19
15 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. SEC
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia, 2010: Virginia, 2009: Duke
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2013 FINAL
1 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
3
2 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
2
3 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
10
4 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
5
5 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
6
6 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
13
7 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
1
8 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
12
9 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
4
10 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
9
11 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Pac-12
15
12 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
8
13 UC Riverside Riverside, Calif. Big West
21
14 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
17
15 Portland State Portland, Ore. Big Sky
25
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington, 2009: Washington