Three New No. 1 Teams Rise In DI Women’s Regional Rankings

Three New No. 1 Teams Rise In DI Women’s Regional Rankings

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NEW ORLEANS – After an exciting, hectic and intense weekend in Division I Women’s Cross Country, there are three new top-ranked teams in the Regional Team Rankings as released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Mississippi State, Penn State and Virginia all jumped into the driver’s seat of their respective regions following a strong performance at either last Friday’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational or last Saturday’s Pre-National Invitational.

With eight top-30 teams in women’s championship race at Pre-Nats, it would have been easy to overlook the Bulldogs just because they weren’t among that octet. Well, Mississippi State put four of those ranked teams on notice, including No. 7 Georgetown. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the team standings – four points behind No. 9 Stanford – thanks to the talented duo of Marta Freitas (12th) and Rhianwedd Price (14th). Mississippi State jumped from No. 4 in the South Region to No. 1.

The Cavaliers had one of the best days out of anybody not named New Mexico or Arkansas at the adidas Invitational. Virginia packed three runners inside the top-30 and finished a comfortable third in the team standings. The Cavaliers went from No. 2 to No. 1 in the Southeast Region, supplanting previous No. 1 North Carolina State.

Like Virginia, the Nittany Lions were rewarded for their efforts this past weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Penn State (formerly No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region) swapped spots with the Hoyas (formerly No. 1) following a 10th-place finish. Penn State, led by Tori Gerlach (32nd), put three of its runners in the top-75.

Outside of those new No. 1s, six teams remained firmly atop its respective regions – Arkansas (South Central), Iowa State (Midwest), Michigan (Great Lakes), New Mexico (Mountain), Oregon (West) and Providence (Northeast).

Now don’t think for a second there wasn’t movement elsewhere in the top-15 of each region. In fact, 89 other teams – including 11 new additions to the rankings – had their standing affected by this past weekend’s action.

To break it down further, 10 teams moved four or more spots in either direction.

  • Great Lakes Region: Wisconsin fell from No. 2 to No. 6 following a disappointing effort at its home meet; Ohio went from No. 15 to No. 11.
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: Duquesne surged from No. 13 to No. 9.
  • Midwest Region: Kansas, led by Sharon Lokedi’s breakout performance at Pre-Nats (fourth overall) jumped from No. 10 to No. 4.
  • Mountain Region: Air Force went from No. 11 to No. 7.
  • Northeast Region: Yale climbed from No. 11 to No. 6; Cornell tumbled from No. 3 to No. 9.
  • South Region: Southern Miss went from No. 13 to No. 9; Georgia slid from No. 9 to No. 14.
  • South Central Region: Second-ranked Texas fell to No. 8.
  • West Region: Arizona State went from No. 6 to No. 10.

Here are those 11 new additions by region.

  • Great Lakes: No. 13 Western Michigan, No. 14 Miami (Ohio), No. 15 Oakland.
  • Midwest Region: No. 11 Illinois State.
  • Mountain Region: No. 13 Texas Tech, No. 14 Utah Valley.
  • Northeast Region: No. 15 Quinnipiac.
  • South Region: No. 10 North Florida.
  • South Central Region: No. 12 UTSA.
  • Southeast Region: No. 15 Richmond.
  • West Region: No. 12 Loyola-Marymount.

Many of these teams will take the weekend off in preparation for the upcoming conference championships happening in two weeks.

Following that, however, all of these teams will be in action at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Regional Championships held across the country on Nov. 13.

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

Women’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 64-0 (6-0) Big Ten
1
2 Notre Dame 42-13 (7-0) ACC
4
3 Michigan State 45-14 (6-1) Big Ten
3
4 Indiana 21-25 (3-2) Big Ten
6
5 Purdue 71-16 (3-2) Big Ten
5
6 Wisconsin 26-29 (4-4) Big Ten
2
7 Ohio State 18-37 (2-6) Big Ten
7
8 Eastern Michigan 40-38 (1-4) Mid-American
8
9 Bowling Green 29-41 (1-3) Mid-American
9
10 Central Michigan 40-17 (9-1) Mid-American
11
11 Ohio 35-6 (15-1) Mid-American
15
12 Xavier 44-15 (6-3) Big East
13
13 Western Michigan 28-18 (6-8) Mid-American
NR
14 Miami (Ohio) 32-9 (12-4) Mid-American
NR
15 Oakland 36-2 (9-0) Horizon
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Michigan State, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan, 2011: Michigan, 2010: Michigan State
       
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Penn State 44-11 (4-0) Big Ten
2
2 Georgetown 59-8 (1-0) Big East
1
3 Princeton 34-12 (4-1) Ivy
3
4 Villanova 43-12 (2-2) Big East
4
5 Penn 41-13 (21-1) Ivy
6
6 West Virginia 20-26 (1-2) Big 12
5
7 Pittsburgh 32-14 (20-1) ACC
7
8 Navy 21-6 (12-0) Patriot
8
9 Duquesne 21-12 (19-5) Atlantic 10
13
10 UMBC 30-16 (25-6) America East
12
11 Bucknell 26-14 (16-5) Patriot
9
12 George Washington 34-14 (27-6) Atlantic 10
10
13 Rider 22-24 (19-12) Metro Atlantic
15
14 Maryland 15-11 (10-2) Big Ten
11
15 Rutgers 32-25 (21-13) 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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Iowa State 55-24 (8-4) Big 12
1
2 Oklahoma State 29-0 (3-0) Big 12
3
3 Minnesota 60-19 (10-2) Big Ten
2
4 Kansas 34-18 (9-0) Big 12
10
5 Bradley 35-30 (9-1) Missouri Valley
4
6 Tulsa 21-29 (5-2) American
8
7 Oklahoma 27-31 (3-2) Big 12
6
8 Missouri 32-47 (5-4) SEC
5
9 Wichita State 21-38 (5-5) Missouri Valley
9
10 Illinois 19-49 (7-6) Big Ten
7
11 Illinois State 28-20 (18-5) Missouri Valley
NR
12 Loyola-Chicago 33-14 (17-3) Missouri Valley
11
13 Northwestern 27-50 (6-7) Big Ten
13
14 Kansas State 25-7 (17-3) Big 12
14
15 Iowa 23-24 (15-7) Big Ten
15
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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 New Mexico 55-0 (6-0) Mountain West
1
2 Colorado 45-1 (9-0) Pac-12
2
3 BYU 35-11 (2-1) West Coast
3
4 Utah 55-9 (9-2) Pac-12
4
5 Weber State 58-10 (10-2) Big Sky
5
6 Northern Arizona 18-22 (0-2) Big Sky
7
7 Air Force 40-15 (4-4) Mountain West
11
8 Colorado State 61-27 (9-7) Mountain West
6
9 Utah State 34-34 (4-8) Mountain West
10
10 Wyoming 26-44 (5-9) Mountain West
8
11 Montana State 5-41 (1-7) Big Sky
9
12 Montana 0-2 (0-1) Big Sky
13
13 Texas Tech 22-9 (4-0) Big 12
NR
14 Utah Valley 20-22 (6-5) WAC
NR
15 Idaho State 5-17 (2-4) Big Sky
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State, 2011: New Mexico/Colorado,2010: New Mexico
       
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Providence 54-4 (24-0) Big East
1
2 Syracuse 47-11 (22-2) ACC
2
3 Columbia 37-20 (11-3) Ivy
6
4 Dartmouth 32-26 (18-6) Ivy
5
5 Harvard 27-31 (18-6) Ivy
4
6 Yale 42-16 (5-0) Ivy
11
7 Brown 42-25 (17-5) Ivy
7
8 New Hampshire 38-29 (15-7) America East
8
9 Cornell 49-21 (8-3) Ivy
3
10 Boston College 20-38 (13-11) ACC
9
11 Connecticut 51-42 (17-12) American
10
12 Albany 41-16 (23-10) America East
12
13 Stony Brook 13-13 (12-9) America East
13
14 Buffalo 53-6 (5-3) Mid-American
14
15 Quinnipiac 19-7 (3-4) Metro Atlantic
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse, 2010: Syracuse
       
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Mississippi State 53-5 (4-0) SEC
4
2 Vanderbilt 35-20 (2-0) SEC
1
3 Lipscomb 53-14 (14-4) Atlantic Sun
3
4 Alabama 27-2 (13-0) SEC
2
5 Auburn 41-4 (19-2) SEC
7
6 Florida State 31-27 (1-2) ACC
5
7 Florida 24-40 (2-2) SEC
8
8 Mississippi 35-9 (13-3) SEC
6
9 Southern Miss 25-14 (8-5) Conference USA
13
10 North Florida 16-8 (7-6) Atlantic Sun
NR
11 Belmont 20-24 (7-9) Ohio Valley
11
12 Florida Gulf Coast 15-2 (8-0) Atlantic Sun
15
13 Georgia Tech 3-44 (1-2) ACC
10
14 Georgia 9-58 (0-5) SEC
9
15 Tennessee 18-26 (6-0) SEC
12
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 Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 49-1 (10-0) SEC
1
2 Baylor 7-43 (3-7) Big 12
4
3 SMU 12-43 (2-2) American
3
4 Texas A&M 37-22 (20-3) SEC
5
5 Lamar 12-38 (9-8) Southland
8
6 Rice 29-40 (13-5) Conference USA
7
7 Stephen F. Austin 19-40 (12-4) Southland
6
8 Texas 26-39 (20-2) Big 12
2
9 UT Arlington 28-17 (20-8) Sun Belt
9
10 North Texas 9-12 (9-11) Conference USA
10
11 Arkansas State 15-23 (4-0) Sun Belt
11
12 UTSA 10-17 (7-4) Conference USA
NR
13 McNeese State 18-27 (14-14) Southland
13
14 TCU 13-41 (6-17) Big 12
14
15 LSU 22-32 (15-14) SEC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas, 2010: Texas
       
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Virginia 47-2 (11-0) ACC
2
2 NC State 51-4 (3-1) ACC
1
3 William and Mary 26-20 (4-3) Colonial
4
4 Eastern Kentucky 42-36 (15-4) Ohio Valley
5
5 North Carolina 27-19 (4-3) ACC
3
6 Virginia Tech 25-30 (7-3) ACC
6
7 Duke 23-32 (5-5) ACC
9
8 Clemson 20-44 (2-5) ACC
7
9 Coastal Carolina 30-35 (16-5) Big South
12
10 James Madison 34-36 (4-5) Colonial
8
11 Kentucky 6-43 (0-6) SEC
10
12 Louisville 40-13 (13-1) ACC
14
13 Furman 33-17 (15-4) Southern
15
14 Wake Forest 22-17 (17-8) ACC
13
15 Richmond 23-11 (16-2) Atlantic 10
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia, 2010: Virginia
       
         
WEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon 53-2 (14-0) Pac-12
1
2 Boise State 54-5 (7-0) Mountain West
4
3 Washington 38-8 (10-2) Pac-12
2
4 Stanford 60-5 (20-3) Pac-12
3
5 California 62-15 (13-4) Pac-12
5
6 Eastern Washington 37-18 (7-7) Big Sky
8
7 Gonzaga 6-5 (6-3) West Coast
7
8 Cal Poly 39-15 (9-5) Big West
9
9 San Francisco 41-27 (1-8) West Coast
12
10 Arizona State 26-29 (1-2) Pac-12
6
11 Portland 4-7 (4-5) West Coast
10
12 Loyola Marymount 25-0 (18-0) West Coast
NR
13 Washington State 36-8 (6-6) Pac-12
14
14 Arizona 45-12 (4-3) Pac-12
11
15 UC Davis 40-12 (10-10) Big West
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington, 2010: Washington

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