NCAA DI Women’s Week 1 Regional Rankings Released

NCAA DI Women’s Week 1 Regional Rankings Released

NEW ORLEANS — Many teams in NCAA Division I cross country treat the first few weeks of the regular season as a warmup of sorts — a way to get their racing legs back under them after a long offseason of base mileage.

We don’t often see top runners, who most likely had long track seasons, until the season is well underway. With that known, there are usually very few changes to the Regional Rankings from the Preseason to Week 1.

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Such was the case in the women’s rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the nine preseason favorites remained atop their regions — Michigan State (Great Lakes), Penn State (Mid-Atlantic), Oklahoma State (Midwest), New Mexico (Mountain), Providence (Northeast), Mississippi State (South), Arkansas (South Central), NC State (Southeast) and Oregon (West).

In fact, all of the second-ranked teams were still in their spots, too — Michigan, Georgetown, Kansas, Colorado, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Texas, Virginia and Boise State.

Two regions saw the third-ranked and fourth-ranked teams swap spots. That happened in the Midwest Region, where Minnesota leapfrogged Iowa State as well as in the Mountain Region with BYU jumping Weber State.

Down in the South Central, Baylor and SMU traded numbers as the Bears went up to No. 4 and the Mustangs dropped to No. 5.

The biggest movers in this week’s Regional Rankings were North Carolina and Coastal Carolina, both out of the Southeast Region. Both are knocking on the door of the top-5 following seven- and six-spot jumps. The Tar Heels went from No. 13 to No. 6, while the Chanticleers are No. 8 after being No. 14 last week.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow at noon ET for the live unveiling of the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll on "Cross Country U," the new podcast brought to you by the USTFCCCA.

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

Women’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 Michigan State Big Ten
1
2 Michigan 2-0 (1-0) Big Ten
2
3 Notre Dame ACC
3
4 Wisconsin 2-1 (-) Big Ten
4
5 Eastern Michigan Mid-American
5
6 Indiana Big Ten
6
7 Ohio State Big Ten
7
8 Purdue Big Ten
8
9 Butler Big East
9
10 Marquette 3-0 (3-0) Big East
12
11 Toledo Mid-American
15
12 Xavier Big East
10
13 Central Michigan Mid-American
14
14 Western Michigan Mid-American
11
15 Miami (Ohio) Mid-American
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Michigan, 2014: Michigan State, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan, 2011: Michigan
 
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Penn State 6-0 (4-0) Big Ten
1
2 Georgetown 5-1 (3-1) Big East
2
3 Penn Ivy
3
4 Princeton 4-4 (2-1) Ivy
4
5 Villanova Big East
5
6 West Virginia 2-4 (2-2) Big 12
7
7 Pittsburgh ACC
6
8 La Salle Atlantic 10
8
9 Bucknell Patriot
9
10 Maryland 4-0 (4-0) Big Ten
12
11 Navy 3-1 (3-1) Patriot
10
12 Duquesne Atlantic 10
11
13 Rutgers 0-6 (0-4) Big Ten
14
14 Saint Joseph’s 1-5 (1-3) Atlantic 10
13
15 Rider Metro Atlantic
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Penn State, 2014: Georgetown, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State, 2011: Georgetown/Villanova,
 
 
 
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State Big 12
1
2 Kansas Big 12
2
3 Minnesota 3-0 (2-0) Big Ten
4
4 Iowa State Big 12
3
5 Tulsa American
5
6 Missouri SEC
6
7 Oklahoma Big 12
9
8 Wichita State Missouri Valley
7
9 Northern Illinois 9-0 (9-0) Mid-American
NR
10 North Dakota State Summit League
11
11 South Dakota Summit League
13
12 Iowa 8-1 (8-1) Big Ten
NR
13 Illinois 7-2 (7-2) Big Ten
8
14 Creighton Big East
NR
15 Illinois State 5-4 (5-4) Missouri Valley
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oklahoma State, 2014: Iowa State, 2013: Iowa State, 2012: Iowa State, 2011: Iowa State
 
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 New Mexico Mountain West
1
2 Colorado Pac-12
2
3 BYU West Coast
4
4 Weber State Big Sky
3
5 Utah Pac-12
5
6 Colorado State Mountain West
6
7 Northern Arizona Big Sky
7
8 Utah State Mountain West
8
9 Air Force Mountain West
9
10 Montana State Big Sky
10
11 Wyoming Mountain West
11
12 Texas Tech Big 12
12
13 Nevada Mountain West
15
14 UTEP Conference USA
NR
15 Southern Utah Big Sky
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: New Mexico, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State, 2011: New Mexico/Colorado
 
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Providence Big East
1
2 Syracuse 4-2 (1-0) ACC
2
3 Yale 8-0 (4-0) Ivy
3
4 Harvard Ivy
4
5 Columbia 2-0 (2-0) Ivy
5
6 Cornell 3-3 (0-1) Ivy
7
7 Brown 2-0 (2-0) Ivy
6
8 Boston College 5-0 (5-0) ACC
8
9 New Hampshire America East
9
10 Dartmouth Ivy
10
11 Stony Brook 1-1 (1-1) America East
11
12 Iona Metro Atlantic
12
13 Buffalo Mid-American
14
14 Albany America East
13
15 Vermont 4-1 (4-1) America East
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Providence, 2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence, 2011: Syracuse
 
SOUTH Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Mississippi State SEC
1
2 Vanderbilt SEC
2
3 Mississippi 3-0 (2-0) SEC
3
4 Auburn 3-1 (-) SEC
4
5 Alabama SEC
5
6 Florida State ACC
6
7 Lipscomb Atlantic Sun
7
8 Florida SEC
8
9 Middle Tennessee Conference USA
9
10 Georgia SEC
10
11 Georgia Tech ACC
12
12 UAB Conference USA
NR
13 UCF American
NR
14 Jacksonville Atlantic Sun
14
15 North Florida Atlantic Sun
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Vanderbilt, 2014: Vanderbilt, 2013: Florida State, 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 Rice Conference USA
3
4 Baylor Big 12
5
5 SMU American
4
6 Texas A&M SEC
6
7 Stephen F. Austin Southland
7
8 Houston American
11
9 LSU SEC
NR
10 Lamar Southland
8
11 UT Arlington Sun Belt
9
12 North Texas Conference USA
10
13 Central Arkansas 2-0 (2-0) Southland
NR
14 TCU Big 12
NR
15 Incarnate Word Southland
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Arkansas, 2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas, 2011: Arkansas
 
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 NC State ACC
1
2 Virginia ACC
2
3 William and Mary Colonial
3
4 Virginia Tech ACC
4
5 Furman 4-0 (3-0) Southern
5
6 North Carolina ACC
13
7 Kentucky SEC
7
8 Coastal Carolina 3-0 (3-0) Sun Belt
14
9 Louisville ACC
8
10 Elon 2-0 (2-0) Colonial
6
11 James Madison 4-0 (4-0) Colonial
10
12 Clemson 1-3 (1-2) ACC
11
13 Duke 1-1 (-) ACC
12
14 Eastern Kentucky Ohio Valley
9
15 Richmond Atlantic 10
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Virginia, 2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke, 2011: Virginia,
 
WEST Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon Pac-12
1
2 Boise State Mountain West
2
3 Stanford Pac-12
3
4 Washington Pac-12
4
5 San Francisco West Coast
5
6 Portland West Coast
6
7 California Pac-12
7
8 Arizona State Pac-12
10
9 Cal Poly Big West
9
10 UCLA Pac-12
11
11 Gonzaga West Coast
8
12 Washington State Pac-12
12
13 Arizona Pac-12
13
14 UC Davis Big West
14
15 San Jose State Mountain West
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington