NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Undergo Major Overhaul

NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Undergo Major Overhaul

How will today’s new Regional Rankings affect the Week Five National Coaches’ Polls?

Find out in a LIVE podcast unveiling of the polls Tuesday at noon ET on USTFCCCA.org.


NEW ORLEANS – How drastically did this weekend’s action, including the loaded Wisconsin adidas and Pre-National invitationals, impact the week five edition of the men’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Regional Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)?

The long answer:

  • Three regions saw preseason national top-10 teams drop out of automatic qualifying position
  • Six new teams moved into position to grab one of their region’s two automatic berths into the NCAA Championships on November 21 in Louisville (to be determined on the course at regional championships on November 13)
  • One region crowned a new No. 1
  • 15 teams moved up or down four spots or more from last time.

The short answer: Quite drastically.

And the aftershock of these changes will continue to reverberate through Tuesday’s release of the National Coaches’ Polls – revealed via live podcast on USTFCCCA.org at noon ET.

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After disappointing weekends for varying reasons, Stanford, Wisconsin and Villanova – each of which were ranked top-10 in the preseason National Coaches’ Polls – all find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the regional level.

Stanford, widely hailed as the biggest threat to two-time defending national champion Colorado, finished 21st at Wisconsin to fall from No. 2 in the West Region to No. 7 – its lowest rank since week four of the 2013 season. The Cardinal got a third-place finish from Sean McGorty this weekend and Garrett Sweatt was 25th, but key contributors in Jack Keelan (95th) and All-American Sam Wharton (200th) both struggled.

Stanford once again ran without the All-American Rosa brothers Jim and Joe, as well as frosh phenom Grant Fisher. A more complete line-up is expected for the Pac-12 Championships at the end of the month.

Notably, Stanford ultimately ended up winning the West in 2013 after fall to No. 7 in the Regional Rankings.

Filling the void in the West left by the Cardinal’s drop were new No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Boise State, both of which moved up two spots after impressive ninth- and 11th-place finishes at Wisconsin. Also notable from the West were Portland’s two-spot improvement to No. 6 and UC Santa Barbara’s five-spot jump to No. 8.

Suffering an equally disappointing loss at the adidas Invitational was host Wisconsin, which finished 17th overall to drop to No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region from No. 2 in the previous rankings. The Badgers got a pair of top-10 finishes from Malachy Schrobilgen and Morgan McDonald, but only one other UW runner – Russell Sandvold in 80th – placed among the top 150 individual finishers. Only five Badgers crossed the line on Friday.

The USTFCCCA archive of Regional Rankings dates back to 2010, during which time the Badgers have never been ranked this low. In fact, one has to go all the way back to 2001 to find Wisconsin’s most recent fourth-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional. Only nine times since 1972 have the Badgers finished outside the top-two at the Great Lakes Regional.

Moving up in Wisconsin’s stead were No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Indiana, which finished 12th and 16th at Wisco.

Villanova, previously ranked No. 7 nationally in the preseason, suffered its second upset loss of the season at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, losing to Penn, 42-51, despite the trio of Patrick Tiernan, Jordy Williamsz and Robert Denault sweeping the top three individual spots. Penn got six runners across the line before Nova’s fourth man came in.

Consequently, Penn moved up four spots to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region – its highest rank in the USTFCCCA archives – while Villanova dropped to No. 3, its lowest spot since 2013.

Florida State moved to No. 1 in the South Region to headline six teams that moved into their respective regions’ automatic qualifying positions – alongside the aforementioned UCLA, Michigan State and Penn squads.

FSU finished 18th at Wisconsin with its full squad for the first time this season, while former South favorite Ole Miss disappointed with a 24th-place finish to drop to No. 2.

In the Southeast Region, Furman finished sixth at the Wisconsin adidas Invite by a single point over regional rival NC State, 310-311, to sneak into the No. 2 spot just ahead of the Wolfpack.

Directly behind those two squads in the Wisconsin standings in eighth place was Tulsa. Led by individual winner Marc Scott, the Golden Hurricane jumped two spots to No. 2 in the Midwest Region after defeating former No. 2 Oklahoma and former No. 3 Iowa State head-to-head. Those two moved to No. 4 and No. 7 respectively, replaced by Tulsa and new No. 3 Illinois.

Making the biggest impressions of the weekend were Pittsburgh (up six spots to No. 9 in the Mid-Atlantic) and LSU (unranked to No. 9 in the South Central). South Dakota State (Central), UMass Lowell (Northeast) and UC Santa Barbara (West) all moved up five spots from last time.

Joining the rankings this week were Butler and Ohio from the Great Lakes; Iowa and Eastern Illinois in the Midwest; LSU and UTSA in the South Central; and San Jose State in the West.

NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country on Friday, November 13 with the national meet occurring 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.

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Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2015 Week #5 — October 19 (pre-conference)

national poll release: October 20
next regional release: November 2
RAOR = Record against own region (since September 25, reported to TFRRS)
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan 52-3 (5-0) Big Ten
1
2 Michigan State 45-11 (5-1) Big Ten
3
3 Indiana 29-15 (2-2) Big Ten
4
4 Wisconsin 33-22 (1-4) Big Ten
2
5 Eastern Michigan 41-19 (9-1) Mid-American
6
6 Purdue 55-25 (9-1) Big Ten
5
7 Ohio State 30-20 (13-2) Big Ten
7
8 Notre Dame 19-35 (2-6) ACC
8
9 Akron 27-23 (11-4) Mid-American
10
10 IUPUI 16-44 (3-7) Summit League
9
11 Butler 14-55 (3-6) Big East
NR
12 Miami (Ohio) 27-10 (13-2) Mid-American
12
13 Indiana State 7-53 (0-10) Missouri Valley
11
14 Ohio 23-14 (10-5) Mid-American
NR
15 Central Michigan 23-26 (5-3) Mid-American
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Wisconsin, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin, 2010: Wisconsin
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Georgetown 54-4 (7-0) Big East
1
2 Penn 27-10 (17-1) Ivy
6
3 Villanova 33-2 (22-2) Big East
2
4 Navy 13-8 (1-1) Patriot
5
5 Princeton 13-31 (3-0) Ivy
3
6 Penn State 16-39 (2-1) Big Ten
4
7 La Salle 26-12 (16-3) Atlantic 10
11
8 UMBC 24-11 (17-7) America East
10
9 Pittsburgh 22-17 (13-4) ACC
15
10 Bucknell 21-17 (12-7) Patriot
12
11 Lehigh 23-12 (15-9) Patriot
9
12 Temple 17-18 (11-13) American
13
13 Duquesne 12-15 (10-9) Atlantic 10
8
14 Saint Joseph’s 20-15 (12-12) Atlantic 10
7
15 Monmouth 1-9 (1-2) Metro Atlantic
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Villanova, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown, 2010: Princeton
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State 27-0 (3-0) Big 12
1
2 Tulsa 41-8 (8-0) American
4
3 Illinois 55-23 (21-1) Big Ten
5
4 Oklahoma 28-22 (2-2) Big 12
2
5 Minnesota 35-27 (8-0) Big Ten
6
6 South Dakota State 27-32 (7-4) Summit League
11
7 Iowa State 16-27 (4-4) Big 12
3
8 Bradley 22-38 (6-1) Missouri Valley
9
9 Kansas 20-29 (5-3) Big 12
7
10 Missouri 28-47 (3-4) SEC
10
11 Nebraska 28-3 (18-3) Big Ten
12
12 Iowa 21-21 (15-5) Big Ten
NR
13 Illinois State 22-20 (15-5) Missouri Valley
13
14 Wichita State 17-38 (3-5) Missouri Valley
8
15 Eastern Illinois 30-6 (16-4) Ohio Valley
NR
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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Colorado 42-0 (7-0) Pac-12
1
2 BYU 42-3 (3-0) West Coast
2
3 UTEP 57-3 (8-1) Conference USA
3
4 Air Force 40-11 (4-3) Mountain West
7
5 Colorado State 68-13 (9-5) Mountain West
4
6 Southern Utah 66-17 (8-8) Big Sky
5
7 New Mexico 24-30 (1-4) Mountain West
8
8 Northern Arizona 9-31 (0-2) Big Sky
6
9 Utah Valley 22-42 (4-9) WAC
10
10 Wyoming 21-41 (3-8) Mountain West
9
11 Utah State 24-25 (3-4) Mountain West
11
12 Weber State 14-35 (1-6) Big Sky
12
13 Montana State 13-17 (1-2) Big Sky
13
14 Texas Tech 15-9 (1-0) Big 12
14
15 New Mexico State 6-12 (0-1) 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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Syracuse 55-0 (22-0) ACC
1
2 Iona 51-4 (4-1) Metro Atlantic
2
3 Columbia 43-12 (13-4) Ivy
3
4 Providence 37-25 (12-11) Big East
6
5 Dartmouth 46-27 (33-7) Ivy
4
6 Cornell 46-16 (18-2) Ivy
5
7 Yale 43-31 (10-11) Ivy
7
8 Harvard 19-36 (14-8) Ivy
8
9 Brown 39-9 (14-4) Ivy
11
10 UMass Lowell 46-20 (23-13) America East
15
11 Canisius 16-3 (6-1) Metro Atlantic
10
12 Buffalo 15-43 (6-2) Mid-American
9
13 Binghamton 14-10 (5-8) America East
12
14 Boston University 30-8 (30-5) Patriot
13
15 Fordham 17-9 (14-6) Atlantic 10
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Syracuse, 2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Florida State 37-23 (6-1) ACC
3
2 Mississippi 29-26 (6-1) SEC
1
3 Florida 23-37 (2-0) SEC
5
4 Georgia 23-38 (2-1) SEC
2
5 Middle Tennessee Conference USA
4
6 Georgia Tech 9-36 (0-2) ACC
6
7 Lipscomb 32-10 (16-1) Atlantic Sun
8
8 Auburn 32-9 (15-1) SEC
7
9 North Florida 22-20 (10-7) Atlantic Sun
12
10 Alabama 18-9 (8-3) SEC
9
11 Tennessee 28-20 (4-2) SEC
11
12 Belmont 19-23 (9-8) Ohio Valley
15
13 South Alabama 18-24 (9-8) Sun Belt
13
14 Samford 12-15 (6-8) Southern
10
15 Mississippi State 13-24 (4-8) SEC
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Mississippi, 2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State, 2010: Alabama
       
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 53-2 (12-0) SEC
1
2 Texas 46-16 (22-2) Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M 46-10 (20-2) SEC
4
4 Stephen F. Austin 25-31 (13-5) Southland
5
5 North Texas 24-38 (20-4) Conference USA
3
6 UT Arlington 28-15 (19-9) Sun Belt
8
7 Lamar 11-39 (10-4) Southland
6
8 Houston 10-46 (9-9) American
7
9 LSU 21-30 (12-18) SEC
NR
10 Baylor 17-7 (7-1) Big 12
10
11 Houston Baptist 19-20 (13-11) Southland
11
12 Sam Houston State 17-16 (12-7) Southland
12
13 McNeese State 18-23 (14-12) Southland
9
14 Central Arkansas 13-18 (10-14) Southland
15
15 UTSA 8-13 (6-5) Conference USA
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas, 2011: Texas, 2010: Arkansas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Virginia 47-3 (14-0) ACC
1
2 Furman 47-7 (15-2) Southern
4
3 NC State 47-7 (3-2) ACC
2
4 Virginia Tech 64-14 (14-3) ACC
5
5 Eastern Kentucky 47-23 (12-7) Ohio Valley
6
6 Louisville 49-12 (8-1) ACC
3
7 Duke 35-22 (10-5) ACC
7
8 North Carolina 11-33 (3-6) ACC
10
9 Kentucky 29-26 (2-3) SEC
9
10 Liberty 42-10 (20-6) Big South
12
11 Campbell 30-33 (14-6) Big South
8
12 High Point 40-12 (20-6) Big South
13
13 William and Mary 3-41 (1-8) Colonial
11
14 George Mason 16-0 (14-0) Atlantic 10
14
15 Clemson 37-4 (10-2) ACC
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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon 50-1 (13-0) Pac-12
1
2 UCLA 34-11 (11-2) Pac-12
4
3 Boise State 41-15 (8-2) Mountain West
5
4 California 58-10 (13-3) Pac-12
3
5 Washington 28-17 (8-5) Pac-12
6
6 Portland 21-24 (6-7) West Coast
8
7 Stanford 34-21 (16-5) Pac-12
2
8 UC Santa Barbara 35-25 (4-2) Big West
13
9 Washington State 32-19 (5-8) Pac-12
9
10 San Francisco 39-23 (4-6) West Coast
7
11 Cal Poly 29-22 (7-6) Big West
10
12 Gonzaga 2-8 (2-6) West Coast
11
13 Long Beach State 10-11 (2-3) Big West
12
14 Arizona State 3-51 (0-6) Pac-12
14
15 San Jose State 17-3 (12-3) Mountain West
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford, 2010: Oregon

 

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