Wisconsin Men Reclaim Great Lakes’ Top Spot in Division I XC Regional Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 6, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Last cross country season was an unusual one for the Wisconsin men. For the first time in 15 years, the Badgers didn’t finish the season as Great Lakes Region champs, and for the first time in 12 years didn’t claim the Big Ten title.

Now, for the first time since suffering those narrow losses a year ago, the Badgers are back atop the Great Lakes Region.

Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Region was the most heavily affected of all the regions in the NCAA Division I Regional Team Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but it was not alone as five men’s regions and two women’s saw movement within their top three – promising for some intrigue in Tuesday’s National Coaches’ Polls.

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The Great Lakes was the only one that saw all three of its top teams shuffle from last week, however. Following a decisive win at the Greater Louisville Classic, Wisconsin moved up to the top spot for the first time since losing out to Indiana for the Big Ten title a year ago.

Michigan, the defending regional champs, stepped up one spot to No. 2 – now in NCAA Championships automatic-qualifying territory – following an impressive win over national No. 10 BYU and a slew of other nationally ranked squads at Notre Dame behind individual winner Mason Ferlic.

Reigning Big Ten champion Indiana did not have nearly as good a weekend as those two teams now ahead of them, as the Hoosiers dropped from the top spot to No. 3 following a disappointing eighth-place finish at the very deep Washington Invitational. It’s not the end of the world for Indiana, however, as it fell as low as No. 4 in the region midway through 2013 before going on to win the Big Ten title and finish eighth overall at NCAAs.

Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was the near-upset in the Washington Invite of national men’s No. 2 Northern Arizona at the hands of national No. 20 UCLA. The Bruins were within two points of the 2013 national runners-up with just 1000 meters left in the race before ultimately finishing second by 10 points. For their performance, UCLA moved to No. 3 in the West Region, displacing current national No. 6 Stanford to fourth in the region.

The Midwest men’s region saw Oklahoma overtake Tulsa for the all-important No. 2 spot, as the Sooners impressed in a fifth-place finish at Washington behind two top-10 finishers. Tulsa finished 10th overall in the Blue race at Notre Dame.

Eastern Kentucky finished fifth in that same Notre Dame race to leapfrog Furman into the No. 2 spot in the Southeast, essentially trading positions with former No. 2 NC State. The Wolfpack finished ninth in South Bend.

Rounding out the top-three movement for the men was a No. 3-No. 4 swap in the Mid-Atlantic between Georgetown and Penn State.

The Penn State women also dropped to No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic with a fifth-place finish at Notre Dame after entering as the meet’s second-best team in the National Coaches’ Poll. West Virginia, which was runner-up to Wisconsin at the Greater Louisville Classic, moved to third in the region.

Lipscomb finished fourth in Louisville to move up two spots in the South Region to No. 3.

Making the biggest move of the week were the women of La Salle, who skyrocketed seven spots to No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic. The UCLA women also made a huge six-spot jump in the West to improve to No. 6.

Making the biggest leaps on the men’s side were Gonzaga, up six to No. 7 in the West, and Akron, up five to No. 9 in the Great Lakes.

New to the men’s rankings this week were Ohio State (Great Lakes); North Dakota State and South Dakota State (Midwest); Buffalo (Northeast); ETSU (South); and LSU (South Central).

Joining this week’s women’s rankings were Central Michigan (Great Lakes); Northern Iowa (Midwest); Army (Northeast); Georgia Tech (South); LSU, McNeese State and Texas State (South Central); Clemson and Western Kentucky (Southeast); and Seattle (West).

The next set of Regional Team Rankings will be released not next week, but the week after following the always-tumultuous Wisconsin adidas Invitational/Pre-National Invitational weekend.

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 #4 – October 6

national poll release: October 7
next regional release: October 20
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
2
2 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
3
3 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
1
4 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
4
5 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
6
6 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
7
7 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
5
8 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley
11
9 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
14
10 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
9
11 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
10
12 Ohio Athens, Ohio Mid-American
NR
13 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
12
14 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
8
15 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
13
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 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
4
4 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
3
5 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
5
6 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
7
7 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
8 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
6
9 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
9
10 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
14
11 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
10
12 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
12
13 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
15
14 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
11
15 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
13
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 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
3
3 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
2
4 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
4
5 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
5
6 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
6
7 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
8
8 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
7
9 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
10
10 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
9
11 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
13
12 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
11
13 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. Summit League
NR
14 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
NR
15 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
12
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
5
6 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
6
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
7
8 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
8
9 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
9
10 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
10
11 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
12
12 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
13
13 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
11
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
2
3 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
3
4 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
4
5 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
5
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
7 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
7
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
13
14 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Mid-American
NR
15 Canisius Buffalo, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
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 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
10
9 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
11
10 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
12
11 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
8
12 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
9
13 Samford Birmingham, Ala. Southern
15
14 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
14
15 ETSU Johnson City, Tenn. Southern
NR
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
3
4 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
4
5 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
7
6 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
5
7 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
6
8 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
9
9 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
8
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
13
14 Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, La. Sun Belt
15
15 LSU Baton Rouge, La. SEC
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
1
2 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
4
3 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
3
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
2
5 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
5
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
6
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
7
8 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
8
9 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
9
10 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
10
11 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
11
12 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
12
13 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
13
14 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
14
15 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
15
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
2
3 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
4
4 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
3
5 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
5
6 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
6
7 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
13
8 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
7
9 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
8
10 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
9
11 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
10
12 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
11
13 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
12
14 Santa Clara Santa Clara, Calif. West Coast
14
15 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
15
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 #4 – October 6

national poll release: October 7
next regional release: October 20
         
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
3
4 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
8
5 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
5
6 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
6
7 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
4
8 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
7
9 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
10
10 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
9
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
11
12 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. Big East
12
13 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
NR
14 Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio Big East
13
15 Ohio Athens, Ohio Mid-American
14
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 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 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
14
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
9 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
9
10 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
7
11 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
11
12 Maryland College Park, Md. Big Ten
15
13 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
10
14 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
13
15 Delaware Newark, Del. Colonial
12
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 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
7
7 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
6
8 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
9
9 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
10
10 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
11
11 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
14
12 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
13
13 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
8
14 Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa Missouri Valley
NR
15 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
12
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 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
5
5 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
4
6 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
6
7 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
8
8 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
9
9 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
10
10 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
11
11 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
7
12 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
12
13 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
13
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
Last Week
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
2 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
2
3 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
3
4 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
4
5 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
5
6 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
7 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
8
8 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
7
9 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
10
10 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
9
11 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
11
12 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
12
13 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
13
14 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
15
15 Army West Point, N.Y. 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 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
5
4 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
8
5 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
3
6 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
4
7 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
6
8 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
9
9 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
7
10 Georgia State Atlanta, Ga. Sun Belt
11
11 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
10
12 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
NR
13 Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern
13
14 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
NR
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
2
3 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
3
4 SMU University Park, Texas American
4
5 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
6
6 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
5
7 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
7
8 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
10
9 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
9
10 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
12
11 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
8
12 LSU Baton Rouge, La. SEC
NR
13 TCU Fort Worth, Texas Big 12
14
14 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
NR
15 Texas State San Marcos, Texas Sun Belt
NR
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
3
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
4
5 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
5
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
6
7 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
7
8 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
8
9 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
9
10 Elon Elon, N.C. Colonial
11
11 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
10
12 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
NR
13 Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. Conference USA
NR
14 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
12
15 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
14
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 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
12
7 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
6
8 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
8
9 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
7
10 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
9
11 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
10
12 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast
11
13 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
13
14 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
14
15 Seattle Seattle, Wash. WAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington, 2009: Washington