NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings Change After Busy Weekend

NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings Change After Busy Weekend

NEW ORLEANS — The first big weekend in NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country had a huge impact on the newest Regional Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

It caused another swap atop the Great Lakes Region, a major jump in the South Central Region and a shift of power in the heavy-hitting West Region.

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What changes could be in store for the newest National Coaches’ Poll when it’s released Tuesday? You’ll have to wait to find out when that’s announced live on "Cross Country U" at noon ET on USTFCCCA.org.

Back to the Regional Rankings, where Michigan State once again traded spots with Michigan as the top dog in the Great Lakes.

Both the Spartans and Wolverines competed at the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend, hoping to get a lay of the land for the Big Ten Championships come October. Michigan State fared much better than Michigan, taking second place to its rival’s fifth. The Spartans put three runners in the top-20 — Holly Bullough, Alexis Weirsma, Rachele Schulist — while the Wolverines only had Erin Finn, the runner-up in the individual race to Boise State’s Brenna Peloquin, in that regard.

Staying at the Roy Griak Invitational, but moving to the West Region, we saw a coming-out party for Portland. The Pilots put on a show for the crowd at Les Bolstad Golf Course and scored 74 points to win the team title. Portland had three runners finish in the top-10 — Lauren Larocco (3rd), Annue Luijten (5th) and Parkes Kendrick (6th) — and another in 28th (Taryn Rawlings). Portland was rewarded for its efforts with a three-spot jump in the rankings from sixth to third.

Despite not competing this past weekend, Stanford also moved up one spot to second due to Boise State‘s struggles. The Broncos, running without Allie Ostrander in Minnesota, took fourth in the team standings despite getting the individual win from Peloquin.

Now we’ll take a look at the South Central Region, where SMU jumped three spots from fifth to all-important second (which is an automatic NCAA Championships qualifying position). The Mustangs surprised everybody this past weekend at the Panorama Farms Invitational as they finished runner-up behind BYU. SMU was led by Hannah Miller in third place, while Charlotte Tara Murphy (9th) and Holly Archer (10th) made sure her efforts weren’t for naught.

Be sure to look below for the full Regional Rankings.

The 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 #3 — September 26

national poll release: September 27
next regional release: October 3
Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 7500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; RAOR = Record against own region
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan State 36-1 (7-0) Big Ten
2
2 Michigan 31-4 (3-1) Big Ten
1
3 Notre Dame 10-0 (4-0) ACC
3
4 Eastern Michigan 23-0 (2-0) Mid-American
4
5 Ohio State 46-10 (2-3) Big Ten
5
6 Wisconsin 4-1 (-) Big Ten
6
7 Butler 20-3 (0-2) Big East
7
8 Indiana 5-0 (5-0) Big Ten
8
9 Marquette 12-1 (6-1) Big East
9
10 Toledo 2-0 (2-0) Mid-American
10
11 Purdue 4-1 (4-1) Big Ten
11
12 Central Michigan 8-29 (0-7) Mid-American
12
13 Dayton 10-3 (4-3) Atlantic 10
13
14 Bowling Green 1-1 (1-1) Mid-American
14
15 Miami (Ohio) 3-1 (3-1) Mid-American
15
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 37-2 (7-0) Big Ten
1
2 Georgetown 5-1 (3-1) Big East
2
3 Penn 2-0 (2-0) Ivy
3
4 Villanova 1-1 (1-1) Big East
4
5 Princeton 4-6 (2-1) Ivy
5
6 West Virginia 2-5 (2-2) Big 12
6
7 Pittsburgh 19-15 (3-1) ACC
7
8 Bucknell 6-6 (2-0) Patriot
9
9 La Salle 0-2 (0-2) Atlantic 10
8
10 Maryland 4-0 (4-0) Big Ten
10
11 Navy 6-31 (4-3) Patriot
11
12 Duquesne 1-2 (0-1) Atlantic 10
12
13 Rutgers 4-42 (1-9) Big Ten
13
14 Saint Joseph’s 5-8 (3-4) Atlantic 10
14
15 Temple 4-3 (2-1) American
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 4-1 (2-1) Big 12
1
2 Kansas — (—) Big 12
2
3 Minnesota 28-8 (11-0) Big Ten
3
4 Iowa State 19-14 (8-1) Big 12
4
5 Tulsa 5-0 (3-0) American
5
6 Missouri 19-4 (2-0) SEC
6
7 Northern Illinois 25-17 (16-2) Mid-American
9
8 Wichita State — (—) Missouri Valley
8
9 Oklahoma 16-21 (6-3) Big 12
7
10 South Dakota 2-0 (2-0) Summit League
11
11 Northwestern 15-24 (6-7) Big Ten
NR
12 Illinois 17-25 (11-7) Big Ten
13
13 Iowa 17-25 (11-7) Big Ten
12
14 Bradley 6-0 (4-0) Missouri Valley
14
15 Northern Iowa 1-1 (1-0) Missouri Valley
NR
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 12-0 (-) West Coast
3
4 Utah 8-1 (7-1) Pac-12
4
5 Weber State 7-1 (6-1) Big Sky
5
6 Colorado State 21-12 (4-0) Mountain West
6
7 Wyoming 23-18 (8-3) Mountain West
7
8 Utah State 5-3 (4-3) Mountain West
8
9 Air Force — (—) Mountain West
9
10 Northern Arizona 15-18 (2-2) Big Sky
10
11 Montana State 4-4 (3-4) Big Sky
11
12 Southern Utah 12-21 (1-3) Big Sky
15
13 Nevada — (—) Mountain West
13
14 Texas Tech — (—) Big 12
12
15 UTEP — (—) Conference USA
14
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 11-0 (11-0) Big East
1
2 Syracuse 15-4 (2-0) ACC
2
3 Yale 10-0 (5-0) Ivy
3
4 Harvard 1-1 (0-1) Ivy
4
5 Cornell 3-3 (0-1) Ivy
5
6 Columbia 5-6 (4-5) Ivy
6
7 Dartmouth 10-1 (10-1) Ivy
7
8 Brown 11-2 (11-2) Ivy
8
9 Boston College 13-3 (13-3) ACC
9
10 UMass Lowell — (—) America East
10
11 New Hampshire 8-4 (8-4) America East
11
12 Stony Brook 1-1 (1-1) America East
12
13 Quinnipiac 8-1 (7-0) Metro Atlantic
13
14 Buffalo 2-0 (-) Mid-American
14
15 Army West Point 7-2 (6-1) Patriot
15
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 Vanderbilt 21-2 (10-0) SEC
1
2 Mississippi State 44-12 (10-1) SEC
2
3 Mississippi 3-0 (2-0) SEC
3
4 Alabama — (—) SEC
4
5 Florida 12-0 (12-0) SEC
6
6 Florida State 14-10 (4-8) ACC
5
7 Lipscomb 27-10 (8-2) Atlantic Sun
7
8 Georgia 14-9 (7-3) SEC
8
9 Auburn 16-11 (6-4) SEC
9
10 Middle Tennessee 12-11 (5-5) Conference USA
10
11 Memphis 5-0 (3-0) American
12
12 UAB 8-15 (4-6) Conference USA
13
13 Georgia Tech 11-22 (0-1) ACC
11
14 Jacksonville 11-1 (11-1) Atlantic Sun
NR
15 Southern Miss 7-2 (2-1) Conference USA
15
REGION HISTORY HERE

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 11-0 (-) SEC
1
2 SMU 11-1 (-) American
5
3 Texas — (—) Big 12
2
4 Rice 14-0 (12-0) Conference USA
3
5 Baylor 14-4 (12-3) Big 12
4
6 Texas A&M 10-4 (10-2) SEC
6
7 Stephen F. Austin 2-3 (1-0) Southland
7
8 Tulane 8-1 (5-0) American
12
9 North Texas 4-0 (3-0) Conference USA
9
10 TCU 12-6 (11-4) Big 12
14
11 LSU 12-8 (11-5) SEC
13
12 Lamar 7-7 (7-5) Southland
10
13 Houston 6-8 (6-6) American
8
14 UT Arlington 0-4 (0-3) Sun Belt
15
15 Sam Houston State 6-10 (6-8) 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 12-0 (11-0) ACC
1
2 Virginia 15-9 (11-5) ACC
2
3 William and Mary 11-4 (6-1) Colonial
3
4 Virginia Tech 7-0 (4-0) ACC
4
5 Kentucky 11-3 (-) SEC
7
6 North Carolina 11-1 (10-1) ACC
6
7 Coastal Carolina 10-5 (6-2) Sun Belt
8
8 Furman 26-11 (4-0) Southern
5
9 Elon 2-0 (2-0) Colonial
9
10 James Madison 4-0 (4-0) Colonial
10
11 Louisville 17-6 (5-0) ACC
11
12 Eastern Kentucky 16-7 (4-1) Ohio Valley
12
13 Clemson 6-10 (3-5) ACC
13
14 Duke 21-14 (0-1) ACC
14
15 Charlotte 6-9 (2-5) Conference USA
NR
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 8-0 (6-0) Pac-12
1
2 Stanford — (—) Pac-12
3
3 Portland 33-8 (5-6) West Coast
6
4 Boise State 30-3 (4-1) Mountain West
2
5 Washington 5-0 (5-0) Pac-12
4
6 San Francisco 28-5 (3-2) West Coast
5
7 UCLA 27-6 (2-3) Pac-12
9
8 California — (—) Pac-12
7
9 Cal Poly 9-1 (8-0) Big West
8
10 Arizona 23-10 (1-4) Pac-12
10
11 Arizona State — (—) Pac-12
11
12 Washington State 4-1 (4-1) Pac-12
12
13 UC Davis 6-2 (4-2) Big West
13
14 Idaho — (—) Big Sky
14
15 UC Santa Barbara 8-2 (7-1) Big West
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington