Four New No. 1 Teams in Final Division I XC Regional Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 3, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – These NCAA Division I Regional Team Rankings released Monday may be the last edition of the 2014 season, but as the conference championships showed this past weekend, they are anything but final with Regional Championships looming in two weeks’ time.

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The women’s rankings were the most affected by this past weekend’s action, with three new regional No. 1s and two more squads that moved up into their regions’ second spot.

On the men’s side, the lone region with significant movement at the top was the Southeast, which got a new No. 1 in Furman. Elsewhere, the top two teams in each region remained in place with several new teams lining up just outside of automatic qualifying territory.

The penultimate National Coaches’ Polls of the 2014 season will be released Tuesday afternoon.

For the women, both New Mexico (No. 10 nationally) in the Mountain Region and North Carolina (No. 15 nationally) in the Southeast moved up one spot to No. 1 following wins at the Mountain West and ACC championships, respectively, while the Iona women (receiving votes) leapt three spots to No. 1 following their win at MAACs.

New Mexico claimed its seventh conference title in a row with a 33-58 win Friday over Boise State (No. 23 nationally). Dropping down to No. 3 in the region was Colorado (No. 7 nationally), which finished third at the Pac-12 Championships.

UNC ended national No. 12 Florida State‘s six-year run atop the ACC with a decisive 57-99 win Friday morning. The Tar Heels replaced Virginia (No. 13 nationally) atop the region after the Cavaliers finished third on their home course at the ACC Championships.

Iona, led by a scorching debut from last year’s national third-place finisher Kate Avery, dominated the MAAC for the 10th year in a row, 20-73 over Quinnipiac, to leapfrog Syracuse (national No. 16), Ivy League champ Dartmouth (national No. 26) and Boston College (national No. 30) in the Northeast.

After starting the season at No. 14 in the men’s Southeast Region, the Paladins of Furman (No. 21 nationally) will enter regionals at No. 1. Furman moved up one spot from a week ago after claiming the Southern Conference with ease, winning 15-71 over ETSU.

Making way for the Paladins – as well as one-position upward moves by NC State (receiving votes nationally) and North Carolina (No. 28 nationally) to No. 2 and 3, respectively – were former No. 1 Virginia, which fell three to No. 4 following a disappointing fourth-place finish at ACCs on its home course.

Sunday’s Big Ten Championships were responsible for the two new women’s teams at No. 2.

Wisconsin (No. 8 nationally) moved up in the Great Lakes after finishing runner-up to regional No. 1 Michigan State (No. 1 nationally), 26-55, and ahead of last week’s No. 2 Michigan (No. 4 nationally, but running without 2013 Big Ten Champion Erin Finn), 55-93.

Minnesota (national No. 20) was fifth in that same race to step up one spot to No. 2 in the Midwest, combined with a disappointing fourth-place finish at Big 12s by Oklahoma State (national No. 21). The Cowgirls dropped from No. 2 to No. 4.

The BYU women moved up a slot to No. 3 in the Mountain Region following its win at the West Coast Conference meet, trading spots with Big Sky champ Northern Arizona.

No. 3 was as high as any other men’s team outside the Southeast was able to move this weekend.

Penn State (receiving votes nationally) moved up to No. 3 with upsets over Indiana (No. 20 nationally) and Michigan State (No. 22 nationally) to finish third at the Big Ten Championships. The Nittany Lions passed over Ivy League champ Princeton, which fell to No. 4.

In the SEC, Auburn finished third to step up to No. 3 in the South Region – a step in the right direction after falling from the region’s all-important No. 2 slot two weeks ago to No. 4.

Joining the men’s rankings were Detroit (Great Lakes); Temple and Rider (Mid-Atlantic); South Dakota State and South Dakota (Midwest); Montana (Mountain); Army, Binghamton and UMass Lowell (Northeast); ETSU (South); and Duke (Southeast).

New to the women’s rankings were Xavier (Great Lakes); Monmouth (Mid-Atlantic); Oklahoma and Illinois State (Midwest); Air Force (Mountain); Sacred Heart (Northeast); UCF (South); James Madison (Southeast) and UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside (West).

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 #6 — November 3

national poll release: November 4
next regional release: (none, NCAA Regionals November 14)
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
1
2 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
2
3 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
4
5 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
5
6 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
6
7 Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. Missouri Valley
7
8 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
8
9 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
12
10 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
9
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
10
12 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
13
13 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
11
14 Detroit Detroit, Mich. Horizon
NR
15 Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 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
Last Week
1 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
1
2 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
2
3 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
4
4 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
3
5 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
7
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
12
9 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
11
10 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
9
11 American Washington, D.C. Patriot
10
12 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
8
13 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
13
14 Temple Philadelphia, Pa. American
NR
15 Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. Metro Atlantic
NR
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 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
4
5 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
6
6 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
8
7 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
5
8 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
7
9 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
10
10 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
9
11 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
12
12 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
13
13 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
11
14 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
NR
15 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
NR
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 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
3
4 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
4
5 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
7
6 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
6
7 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
5
8 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
10
9 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
13
10 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
8
11 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
9
12 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
11
13 Utah Valley Orem, Utah WAC
12
14 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
14
15 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
NR
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 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
2
3 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
3
4 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
7
5 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
4
6 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
8
7 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
6
8 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
5
9 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
10
10 Army West Point, N.Y. Patriot
NR
11 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Mid-American
11
12 Binghamton Vestal, N.Y. America East
NR
13 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
13
14 Northeastern Boston, Mass. Colonial
14
15 UMass Lowell Lowell, Mass. America East
NR
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 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
2
3 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
4
4 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
3
5 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
5
6 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
13
7 South Alabama Mobile, Ala. Sun Belt
9
8 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
6
9 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
12
10 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
10
11 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
11
12 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
8
13 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
14
14 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
7
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 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
6
5 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
4
6 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
7
7 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
5
8 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
8
9 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
10
10 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
9
11 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
11
12 Houston Houston, Texas American
12
13 Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, La. Sun Belt
13
14 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
14
15 Sam Houston State Huntsville, 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
Last Week
1 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
2
2 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
3 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
4
4 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
1
5 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
5
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
7
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
6
8 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
8
9 George Mason Fairfax, Va. Atlantic 10
15
10 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
9
11 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
13
12 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
12
13 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
11
14 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
10
15 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
NR
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 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
3
4 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
5
5 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
4
6 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
6
7 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
7
8 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
8
9 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
9
10 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
11
11 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
12
12 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
10
13 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
13
14 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
15
15 Santa Clara Santa Clara, Calif. West Coast
14
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 #6 — November 3

national poll release: November 4
next regional release: (none, NCAA Regionals November 14)
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
1
2 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
3
3 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
2
4 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
4
5 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
5
6 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
7
7 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
6
8 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
10
9 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
8
10 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
9
11 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
11
12 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. Big East
12
13 Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio Mid-American
13
14 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
14
15 Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio Big East
NR
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 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. Big 12
2
3 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
3
4 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
4
5 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
8 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
7
9 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
11
10 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
9
11 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
10
12 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
12
13 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
13
14 Maryland College Park, Md. Big Ten
15
15 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
NR
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 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
3
3 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
4
4 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
2
5 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
5
6 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
6
7 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
NR
8 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
7
9 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
NR
10 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
9
11 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
8
12 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
10
13 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
13
14 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
12
15 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
11
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 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
2
2 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
1
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
4
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
3
5 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
6
6 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
7
7 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
8
8 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
9
9 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
NR
10 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
5
11 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
14
12 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
13
13 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho Big Sky
12
14 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
11
15 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
10
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 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
4
2 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
3 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
2
4 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
3
5 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
5
6 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
6
7 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
8
8 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
9
9 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
10
10 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
7
11 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
11
12 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
12
13 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
13
14 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
14
14 Sacred Heart Fairfield, Conn. Northeast
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 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
4
5 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
7
6 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
8
7 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
5
8 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
9
9 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
11
10 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
6
11 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
10
12 UCF Orlando, Fla. American
NR
13 Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss. Conference USA
12
14 UAB Birmingham, Ala. Conference USA
13
15 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
14
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 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
3
4 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
5
5 SMU University Park, Texas American
4
6 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
6
7 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
7
8 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
8
9 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
9
10 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
10
11 Ark.-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Sun Belt
11
12 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
12
13 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
13
14 TCU Fort Worth, Texas Big 12
14
15 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
15
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 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
2
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
1
3 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
3
4 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
5
5 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
4
6 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
6
7 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
7
8 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
8
9 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
9
10 Elon Elon, N.C. Colonial
10
11 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
11
12 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
13
13 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC
12
14 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
15
15 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial
NR
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 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
4
5 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
5
6 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
6
7 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
12
8 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
7
9 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. West Coast
11
10 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
9
11 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
NR
12 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
8
13 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
13
14 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
14
15 UC Riverside Riverside, Calif. Big West
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington, 2009: Washington