First Regular-Season Regional Rankings Announced for NCAA DI Men’s XC

First Regular-Season Regional Rankings Announced for NCAA DI Men’s XC

NEW ORLEANS – With two weekends of NCAA Division I Cross Country action in the books – including one that already counts for at-large qualifying purposes – the first regular-season edition of the Men’s Regional Rankings were announced Monday morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Early-season action didn’t have much of an impact on the top of the rankings in most regions, with the Great Lakes standing as the lone exception.

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The Great Lakes Region was the site of the week’s lone new No. 1 squad for either gender, as Indiana inched past preseason favorite Wisconsin.

Led by winner Jason Crist, the Hoosiers ran a tightly packed top-six to a perfect score of 15 to win its home opener two weekends ago against Miami (Ohio). The Badgers were in action this past weekend, as Morgan McDonald outdueled teammate Malachy Schrobilgen to the line to take the Minnesota Oz Memorial crown. Those two propelled Wisconsin to a 25-51 victory over the host Golden Gophers as the Badgers’ younger runners ran a solid season debut behind McDonald and Schrobilgen.

Beyond the Great Lakes, however, very little changed at the highest levels of the regional rankings. All 18 teams projected in the preseason to claim one of their regions’ two automatic qualifying berths to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships remained in position to do so after two weeks of action.

Coming the closest to breaking into automatic-qualifying territory were No. 3 NC State from the Southeast and No. 3 Middle Tennessee from the South.

The Wolfpack moved up two spots from last time, and will make their season debut this coming weekend. The Blue Raiders scored a convincing, 19-42, win at the UTC PowerAde Invitational over regional foe Alabama to move up one spot from the preseason. Despite the loss, Alabama moved up three positions to No. 4.

Also moving up onto the bubble at No. 4 in their respective regions were Villanova in the Mid-Atlantic and UT-Arlington in the South Central.

NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country on Friday, November 11 with the return of the NCAA Championships to Terre Haute, Indiana, eight days later..

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

2016 Week #1 — September 12

national poll release: September 13
next regional release: September 19
Overall record and RAOR (record against own region) determined by eligible races since September 9, reported to TFRRS, and 7500 meters or longer
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Indiana Big Ten
2
2 Wisconsin Big Ten
1
3 Michigan 2-1 (1-0) Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State Big Ten
4
5 Eastern Michigan Mid-American
5
6 Notre Dame ACC
6
7 IUPUI Summit League
7
8 Purdue Big Ten
9
9 Ohio State Big Ten
10
10 Oakland Horizon
11
11 Akron Mid-American
8
12 Miami (Ohio) Mid-American
12
13 Butler Big East
13
14 Ohio Mid-American
15
15 Indiana State 0-3 (0-1) Missouri Valley
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Michigan, 2014: Wisconsin, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin, 2011: Wisconsin
 
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Georgetown 5-2 (5-0) Big East
1
2 Penn Ivy
2
3 Princeton 0-7 (0-5) Ivy
3
4 Villanova Big East
5
5 Navy 3-0 (3-0) Patriot
6
6 Lehigh 4-3 (4-1) Patriot
11
7 Penn State 3-4 (3-2) Big Ten
4
8 Saint Joseph’s 2-5 (2-3) Atlantic 10
7
9 La Salle Atlantic 10
8
10 Bucknell Patriot
10
11 Duquesne Atlantic 10
12
12 Rutgers 1-6 (1-4) Big Ten
13
13 Pittsburgh ACC
14
14 Temple American
15
15 George Washington 2-1 (2-1) Atlantic 10
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Georgetown, 2014: Villanova, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown, 2011: Georgetown
 
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State Big 12
1
2 Oklahoma Big 12
2
3 Tulsa American
3
4 Illinois 1-1 (-) Big Ten
4
5 Iowa State Big 12
5
6 Minnesota Big Ten
6
7 Bradley Missouri Valley
7
8 South Dakota State Summit League
8
9 Kansas Big 12
9
10 Wichita State Missouri Valley
10
11 Missouri SEC
11
12 Nebraska Big Ten
12
13 Iowa 7-0 (7-0) Big Ten
NR
14 UMKC WAC
14
15 Eastern Illinois 6-1 (6-1) Ohio Valley
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oklahoma State, 2014: Oklahoma State, 2013: Oklahoma State, 2012: Oklahoma/Oklahoma State, 2011: Oklahoma State
 
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Northern Arizona 3-0 (-) Big Sky
1
2 Colorado Pac-12
2
3 UTEP Conference USA
3
4 BYU West Coast
4
5 Southern Utah Big Sky
5
6 Colorado State Mountain West
6
7 Air Force Mountain West
7
8 New Mexico Mountain West
8
9 Wyoming Mountain West
9
10 Weber State Big Sky
10
11 Utah Valley WAC
11
12 Texas Tech Big 12
12
13 Idaho State Big Sky
13
14 Montana State Big Sky
14
15 New Mexico State WAC
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Colorado, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Northern Arizona, 2012: Northern Arizona, 2011: BYU
 
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Syracuse 7-0 (1-0) ACC
1
2 Providence Big East
2
3 Iona Metro Atlantic
3
4 Columbia Ivy
4
5 Yale 5-0 (3-0) Ivy
5
6 Cornell 6-1 (0-1) Ivy
6
7 Dartmouth Ivy
7
8 Brown Ivy
8
9 Harvard Ivy
9
10 Stony Brook America East
10
11 Army West Point Patriot
11
12 Binghamton America East
15
13 Maine America East
13
14 Connecticut American
NR
15 Buffalo Mid-American
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Syracuse, 2014: Syracuse, 2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona, 2011: Syracuse,
 
SOUTH Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Mississippi SEC
1
2 Florida State ACC
2
3 Middle Tennessee Conference USA
4
4 Alabama SEC
7
5 Auburn 3-1 (-) SEC
3
6 Florida SEC
5
7 Georgia SEC
6
8 Georgia Tech ACC
8
9 Tennessee SEC
9
10 Lipscomb Atlantic Sun
10
11 Belmont Ohio Valley
11
12 North Florida Atlantic Sun
12
13 Mississippi State SEC
13
14 Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley
NR
15 ETSU Southern
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Florida State, 2014: Mississippi, 2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State, 2011: Florida State
 
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas SEC
1
2 Texas Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M SEC
3
4 UT Arlington Sun Belt
6
5 Stephen F. Austin Southland
4
6 North Texas Conference USA
9
7 Baylor Big 12
7
8 Texas State Sun Belt
NR
9 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Southland
13
10 Sam Houston State Southland
15
11 McNeese State Southland
8
12 Lamar Southland
5
13 Rice Conference USA
11
14 UTSA Conference USA
12
15 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Arkansas, 2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas, 2011: Texas
 
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Eastern Kentucky 2-0 (1-0) Ohio Valley
1
2 Virginia ACC
2
3 NC State ACC
5
4 Furman 4-0 (3-0) Southern
4
5 Louisville ACC
3
6 Virginia Tech ACC
6
7 North Carolina ACC
7
8 Campbell Big South
9
9 Kentucky 0-2 (0-1) SEC
10
10 Duke 1-2 (-) ACC
8
11 William and Mary Colonial
11
12 Appalachian State Sun Belt
15
13 Davidson Atlantic 10
13
14 George Mason Atlantic 10
14
15 Liberty Big South
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Louisville, 2014: Virginia, 2013: Eastern Kentucky, 2012: Virginia, 2011: NC State
 
WEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon Pac-12
1
2 Stanford Pac-12
2
3 Washington Pac-12
3
4 Boise State Mountain West
4
5 Portland West Coast
5
6 Washington State Pac-12
6
7 UCLA Pac-12
7
8 California Pac-12
8
9 San Francisco West Coast
9
10 Cal Poly Big West
10
11 Arizona State Pac-12
11
12 UC Santa Barbara Big West
12
13 Gonzaga West Coast
13
14 St. Mary’s (Calif.) West Coast
14
15 San Jose State Mountain West
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Washington, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford