Defending Champs Colorado, Michigan State Lead Way in Preseason Regional Rankings

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

August 31, 2015   


NEW ORLEANS – With the dawn of a new Division I Cross Country season upon us, it’s only right that the defending national champions find themselves at the top of the Regional Team Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (UTSFCCCA) on Monday afternoon.

2014 men’s champion Colorado returns five of its seven runners who competed at last year’s national meet, including five – count them, five – All Americans. Add in two more experienced runners coming off redshirt and a 5-star recruit, it’s easy to see why the Buffaloes lead the Mountain Region and could very well headline the national poll when it makes its season debut tomorrow afternoon.

Likewise, 2014 women’s champion Michigan State sits atop the Great Lakes Region. The Spartans welcome back four of their seven runners from last year’s national meet, with All-Americans Rachele Schulist and Lindsay Clark leading the charge.

Regional Rankings Summary PDF | Division I XC Rankings Central

Of note, all but four defending regional champions are No. 1. Stanford’s men and women, both of whom are pegged to have a big season, dethroned both Oregon teams out West. New Mexico’s women, who have two All Americans from 2014 on their roster (Courtney Frerichs and Alice Wright) usurped Colorado and in the Northeast, Providence‘s women, with all seven runners returning from its NCAA team, toppled Iona.

For the men, 2014 regional champs Wisconsin (Great Lakes), Arkansas (South Central), Villanova (Mid-Atlantic), Syracuse (Northeast), Virginia (Southeast), Oklahoma State (Midwest) and Mississippi (South) all remained entrenched at the top of their respective regions.

For the women, 2014 regional champs Arkansas (South Central), Georgetown (Mid-Atlantic), William and Mary (Southeast), Iowa State (Midwest) and Vanderbilt (South) all earned No. 1 honors.

Men’s teams on the rise include Florida (surging from eighth to third in the South) and New Mexico (jumping from seventh to fourth in the Mountain Region). Squads trending in the other direction were Auburn (third to eighth in the South) and Portland (second to seventh in the West).

Texas‘ women rocketed from seventh in the South Central Region to second, while Montana State rose from 10th last year to fifth to begin the season in the Mountain Region. Toledo (third to ninth, Great Lakes Region) and Kansas State (eighth to 15th, Midwest Region) went the wrong way.

NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country on Friday, November 13 with the national meet happening eight days later in Louisville, Kentucky.

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 teams strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Preseason — August 31

national poll release: September 1
next regional release: September 14
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
1
2 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
4
3 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
2
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 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
8
9 IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. Summit League
9
10 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
10
11 Akron Akron, Ohio Mid-American
11
12 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
12
13 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
13
14 Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio American
14
15 Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wis. Horizon
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Wisconsin, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin, 2010: Wisconsin
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
1
2 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
2
3 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
3
4 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
4
5 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
5
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 UMBC Catonsville, Md. America East
7
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
8
9 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
11
10 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
10
11 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
9
12 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
12
13 Temple Philadelphia, Pa. American
16
14 Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. Metro Atlantic
14
15 La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. Atlantic 10
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Villanova, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown, 2010: Princeton
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
1
2 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
3
3 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
4
4 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
2
5 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
5
6 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
6
7 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
7
8 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
9
9 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
14
10 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
11
11 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
13
12 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
15
13 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Missouri Valley
10
14 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
17
15 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. Summit League
16
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Oklahoma State, 2013: Oklahoma State, 2012: Oklahoma/Oklahoma State,2011: Oklahoma State, 2010: Oklahoma
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
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
7
5 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
5
6 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky
4
7 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
6
8 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
8
9 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
9
10 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
10
11 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
11
12 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
12
13 Utah Valley Orem, Utah WAC
13
14 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12
14
15 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. WAC
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Colorado, 2013: Northern Arizona, 2012: Northern Arizona, 2011: BYU, 2010: New Mexico
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
1
2 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
3
3 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
2
4 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
4
5 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
5
6 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
7
7 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
9
8 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
8
9 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
6
10 Canisius Buffalo, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
10
11 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
12
12 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Mid-American
14
13 Army West Point, N.Y. Patriot
11
14 Binghamton Vestal, N.Y. America East
13
15 Fordham Bronx, N.Y. Atlantic 10
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Syracuse, 2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
1
2 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
2
3 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
8
4 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
4
5 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
5
6 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
6
7 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
9
8 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
3
9 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
11
10 South Alabama Mobile, Ala. Sun Belt
12
11 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
14
12 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. SEC
10
13 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
7
14 Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
NR
15 ETSU Johnson City, Tenn. Southern
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Mississippi, 2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Alabama
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
2
3 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
4
4 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
3
5 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
5
6 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
6
7 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
7
8 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
8
9 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
10
10 Houston Houston, Texas American
11
11 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
12
12 Central Arkansas Conway, Ark. Southland
9
13 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Southland
13
14 Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, La. Sun Belt
15
15 Tulane New Orleans, La. American
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas, 2011: Texas, 2010: Arkansas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
1
2 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
2
3 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
3
4 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
4
5 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
5
6 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
6
7 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
8
8 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
9
9 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
10
10 High Point High Point, N.C. Big South
7
11 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC
NR
12 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
12
13 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
11
14 George Mason Fairfax, Va. Atlantic 10
13
15 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Virginia, 2013: Eastern Kentucky, 2012: Virginia, 2011: NC State, 2010: William and Mary
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
3
2 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
1
3 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
4
4 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
6
5 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
5
6 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
9
7 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
2
8 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
8
9 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. Big West
7
10 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
10
11 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
12
12 Washington State Pullman, Wash. Pac-12
13
13 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
11
14 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
14
15 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
19
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford, 2010: Oregon

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Preseason — August 31

national poll release: September 1
next regional release: September 14
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Big Ten
1
2 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Big Ten
2
3 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten
4
4 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. ACC
6
5 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
5
6 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Big Ten
7
7 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. Mid-American
8
8 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. Big Ten
10
9 Toledo Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
3
10 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. Big East
9
11 Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. Big East
12
12 Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio Mid-American
13
13 Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
11
14 Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mid-American
14
15 Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. Mid-American
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Michigan State, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan, 2011: Michigan, 2010: Michigan State
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Georgetown Washington, D.C. Big East
1
2 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. Big 12
2
3 Villanova Villanova, Pa. Big East
4
4 Penn State State College, Pa. Big Ten
5
5 Princeton Princeton, N.J. Ivy
3
6 Penn Philadelphia, Pa. Ivy
6
7 Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot
8
8 Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic 10
7
9 Navy Annapolis, Md. Patriot
9
10 Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. Metro Atlantic
15
11 Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. Big Ten
10
12 Temple Philadelphia, Pa. American
22
13 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. ACC
11
14 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. Patriot
13
15 Maryland College Park, Md. Big Ten
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Georgetown, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State, 2011: Georgetown/Villanova,2010: Villanova
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
1
2 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
2
3 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
5
4 Bradley Peoria, Ill. Missouri Valley
3
5 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. American
4
6 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Summit League
7
7 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
9
8 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
10
9 Missouri Columbia, Mo. SEC
6
10 Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Big Ten
11
11 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
13
12 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Missouri Valley
16
13 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. Missouri Valley
12
14 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
14
15 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. Big 12
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Iowa State, 2013: Iowa State, 2012: Iowa State, 2011: Iowa State, 2010: Iowa State
       
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West
2
2 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12
1
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast
3
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky
4
5 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky
10
6 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West
6
7 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
7
8 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky
9
9 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho Big Sky
8
10 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West
5
11 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky
19
12 Utah State Logan, Utah Mountain West
16
13 Nevada Reno, Nevada Mountain West
11
14 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West
15
15 UTEP El Paso, Texas Conference USA
20
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State, 2011: New Mexico/Colorado,2010: New Mexico
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Providence Providence, R.I. Big East
2
2 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. Metro Atlantic
1
3 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ACC
4
4 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. America East
6
5 Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. Ivy
3
6 Columbia New York, N.Y. Ivy
7
7 Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ACC
5
8 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Ivy
9
9 Brown Providence, R.I. Ivy
8
10 Yale New Haven, Conn. Ivy
10
11 Harvard Cambridge, Mass. Ivy
11
12 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. America East
15
13 Connecticut Storrs, Conn. American
12
14 Boston University Boston, Mass. Patriot
13
15 Army West Point, N.Y. Patriot
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. SEC
1
2 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC
3
3 Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. Atlantic Sun
4
4 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. SEC
6
5 Florida Gainesville, Fla. SEC
5
6 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ACC
2
7 Auburn Auburn, Ala. SEC
7
8 Georgia Athens, Ga. SEC
8
9 North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Sun
10
10 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn. Conference USA
9
11 Mississippi Oxford, Miss. SEC
13
12 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ACC
11
13 Belmont Nashville, Tenn. Ohio Valley
15
14 UCF Orlando, Fla. American
14
15 Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss. Conference USA
17
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Vanderbilt, 2013: Florida State, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Florida State
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. SEC
1
2 Texas Austin, Texas Big 12
7
3 SMU University Park, Texas American
3
4 Baylor Waco, Texas Big 12
2
5 Texas A&M College Station, Texas SEC
6
6 Rice Houston, Texas Conference USA
5
7 North Texas Denton, Texas Conference USA
8
8 Lamar Beaumont, Texas Southland
4
9 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. Sun Belt
10
10 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas Southland
9
11 UT Arlington Arlington, Texas Sun Belt
11
12 LSU Baton Rouge, La. SEC
12
13 McNeese State Lake Charles, La. Southland
13
14 UTSA San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
14
15 Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas Southland
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas, 2010: Texas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial
1
2 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC
2
3 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC
3
4 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC
5
5 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. ACC
9
6 Furman Greenville, S.C. Southern
6
7 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. Ohio Valley
7
8 Louisville Louisville, Ky. ACC
10
9 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC
4
10 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC
12
11 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial
11
12 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Sun Belt
13
13 Coastal Carolina Conway, S.C. Big South
16
14 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10
14
15 Elon Elon, N.C. Colonial
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia, 2010: Virginia
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Location Conference
2014 FINAL
1 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Pac-12
3
2 Oregon Eugene, Ore. Pac-12
1
3 Washington Seattle, Wash. Pac-12
4
4 Boise State Boise, Idaho Mountain West
2
5 California Berkeley, Calif. Pac-12
6
6 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Pac-12
5
7 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Pac-12
8
8 UC Davis Davis, Calif. Big West
11
9 Portland Portland, Ore. West Coast
7
10 Gonzaga Spokane, Wash. West Coast
16
11 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. Big West
15
12 Eastern Washington Cheney, Wash. Big Sky
NR
13 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. West Coast
12
14 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Pac-12
20
15 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Pac-12
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington