Clashes at Boston College, Roy Griak, and UVA Highlight Division I XC Regional Rankings

By assistedsupport, USTFCCCA

September 29, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS—Despite some unexpected results on the biggest weekend of the NCAA Division I Cross Country season season to this point, changes were relatively minimal in the week three edition of the Regional Team Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Three meets caused the most movement: Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational, Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, and Virginia’s Panorama Farms Invitational.

The latter was responsible for the biggest shakeup in the men’s rankings and the only new regional No. 1: the Virginia men in the Southeast.  Coach Pete Watson’s Cavaliers earned their first regional No. 1 since at least 2010 (the beginning of the USTFCCCA archives) for winning their home meet over national No. 12 Iona and previously unranked Furman.

Speaking of Robert Gary’s Furman squad: they’re the biggest mover in the country in week 3, after beating Iona and nearly upending UVA at Panorama.  The Paladins jump nine spots from No. 12 to No. 3 in the Southeast; since they’ve never had a men’s or women’s team regionally ranked higher than fifth before.

The other eight men’s regions all saw minor movement.  Host Minnesota’s strong run at Griak shuffled up spots No. 4 through 8 in the Midwest. 

Nearly all of the top men’s squads in the Northeast Region faced off in Boston on Friday afternoon, greatly clarifying the picture there.  Slots No. 2 through 7 all changed, with Ray Treacy’s Providence Friars emerging behind Syracuse as No. 2.

Even more Northeast women’s teams raced each other at Franklin Park, causing teams No. 3 through 13 to change places.  Dartmouth, helmed by first-year head coach Courtney Jaworski, emerged at the front of that shuffle at No. 3.

In the South Central, idle Arkansas extended its streak at regional No. 1 to 18 weeks.  Creeping up behind the Razorbacks, though, is No. 2 Baylor, which was rewarded for a strong third-place Griak showing over several nationally ranked teams with its highest regional ranking since at least 2010.

Spicy Griak action also caused a bit of a shakeup in the Mountain Region, as teams No. 4 through 10 all moved, mostly because of a tumble by Weber State from No. 4 to No. 10. Replacing Weber State at No. 4 is Northern Arizona, which checked in at its highest ranking since 2010.

Nearly every elite team in the country that didn’t race this past weekend will be hitting the trails on Friday at Notre Dame or Saturday at Paul Short or the brand-new Washington Invitational.

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 Week #3 — September 29

national poll release: September 30
next regional release: October 6
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
1
2 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
2
3 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
5
5 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
4
6 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
7
7 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
8
8 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
10
9 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
9
10 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
6
11 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley
11
12 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
12
13 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
13
14 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
14
15 Youngstown State Youngstown, Ohio Horizon
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin, 2010: Wisconsin, 2009: Wisconsin
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
1
2 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
2
3 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
3
4 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
4
5 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
5
6 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
6
7 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
7
8 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
9 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
9
10 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
10
11 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
11
12 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
12
13 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
13
14 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
14
15 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown, 2010: Princeton, 2009: Georgetown
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
1
2 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
2
3 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
3
4 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
8
5 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
4
6 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
5
7 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
6
8 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
7
9 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
9
10 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
10
11 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
11
12 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
NR
13 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
12
14 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
15
15 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
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
Last Week
1 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
1
2 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
2
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
3
4 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
4
5 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
7
6 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
5
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
6
8 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
8
9 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
9
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
10
11 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
11
12 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
12
13 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
13
14 Utah Valley Orem, Utah WAC
14
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
Last Week
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
2 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
3
3 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
2
4 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
5
5 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
6
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
7
7 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
4
8 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
8
9 Northeastern Boston, Mass. Colonial
9
10 Fordham Bronx, N.Y. Atlantic 10
10
11 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
11
12 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
12
13 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
15
14 Canisius Buffalo, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
13
15 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
1
2 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
2
3 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
3
4 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
4
5 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
5
6 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
6
7 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
7
8 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
8
9 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
9
10 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
10
11 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
11
12 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
12
13 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
13
14 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
14
15 Samford Birmingham, Ala. Southern
15
Regional Championship History – Last Five Champions:
2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Alabama, 2009: Alabama
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
2
3 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
4
4 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
3
5 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
5
6 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
6
7 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
7
8 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
8
9 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
9
10 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
10
11 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
11
12 Houston Houston, Texas American
12
13 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
14
14 Texas State San Marcos, Texas Sun Belt
15
15 Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, La. Sun Belt
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas, 2011: Texas, 2010: Arkansas, 2009: Arkansas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
2
2 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
1
3 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
12
4 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
3
5 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
4
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
6
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
7
8 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
9
9 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
10
10 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
5
11 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
13
12 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
8
13 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
15
14 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
14
15 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
11
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
Last Week
1 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
1
2 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
3
3 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
2
4 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
4
5 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
5
6 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
6
7 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
9
8 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
10
9 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
12
10 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
7
11 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
11
12 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
8
13 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
13
14 Santa Clara Santa Clara, Calif. West Coast
14
15 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
NR
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 Week #3 — September 29

national poll release: September 30
next regional release: October 6
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
1
2 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
2
3 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
4
4 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
5
5 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
6
6 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
3
7 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
7
8 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
8
9 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
9
10 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
10
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
11
12 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. Big East
12
13 Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio Big East
14
14 Ohio Athens, Ohio Mid-American
NR
15 Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio Mid-American
15
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
Last Week
1 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
1
2 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
2
3 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
3
4 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. Big 12
4
5 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
7
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
9 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
9
10 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
10
11 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
11
12 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial
12
13 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
13
14 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
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
Last Week
1 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
1
2 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
2
3 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
3
4 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
4
5 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
5
6 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
7
7 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
8
8 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
9
9 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
NR
10 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
6
11 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
10
12 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
12
13 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
13
14 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
14
15 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
15
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
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 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
6
6 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
7
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
8
8 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
9
9 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
12
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
4
11 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
11
12 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
NR
13 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
10
14 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
13
15 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
14
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
Last Week
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
2 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
2
3 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
4
4 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
3
5 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
6
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
8
7 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
5
8 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
7
9 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
11
10 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
12
11 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
10
12 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
13
13 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
9
14 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Mid-American
14
15 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Providence, 2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse, 2009: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
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
5
5 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
4
6 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
6
7 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
7
8 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
8
9 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
9
10 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
10
11 Georgia State Atlanta, Ga. Sun Belt
11
12 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
12
13 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
13
14 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
14
15 UAB Birmingham, Ala. Conference USA
15
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
Last Week
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
3
3 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
7
4 SMU University Park, Texas American
2
5 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
4
6 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
6
7 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
5
8 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
9
9 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
8
10 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
10
11 Ark.-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Sun Belt
NR
12 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
13
13 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
12
14 TCU Fort Worth, Texas Big 12
14
15 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas, 2010: Texas, 2009: SMU
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
1
2 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
2
3 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
4
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
5 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
8
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
6
7 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
5
8 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
7
9 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
9
10 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
10
11 Elon Elon, N.C. Colonial
11
12 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
12
13 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial
13
14 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
14
15 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. SEC
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia, 2010: Virginia, 2009: Duke
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
1
2 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
2
3 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
3
4 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
4
5 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
5
6 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
7
7 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
9
8 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
NR
9 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
11
10 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
10
11 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast
8
12 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
12
13 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
6
14 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
13
15 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Pac-12
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington, 2009: Washington