Panorama Farms & Griak Shake Up New DI Men’s Regional Rankings

Panorama Farms & Griak Shake Up New DI Men’s Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 26, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Between the Virginia Panorama Farms and Roy Griak invitationals, this weekend was full of surprises in NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country. And weekends filled with surprises are almost always followed by Regional Rankings on Monday filled with changes.

Three new teams moved into the top-two in their regions – a.k.a. automatic NCAA Championships qualifying position – with a new No. 1 team among them in the latest rankings announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of those moves in today’s Regional Rankings will also have significant ramifications in Tuesday’s newest National Coaches’ Polls, which will be announced live on the “Cross Country U” podcast at noon ET on USTFCCCA.org.

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Portland made a decisive statement at Griak with a commanding victory over nearly a dozen other teams in last week’s National Coaches’ Poll, and was rewarded with a three-spot bump to No. 1 in the West Region.

Led by fifth-place Jeff Thies, Portland scored 69 points to Iowa State’s 97, putting four within the top-16, all seven varsity runners in the top-40 and nine runners in the top-50. No other team had more than six runners in the top-50.

En route to the West’s top spot, the Pilots flew right by current national No. 3 Oregon and national No. 4 Stanford. The Ducks fell to No. 2 in the region, while Stanford dropped back to No. 4. The Cardinal struggled to a fifth-place finish at Virginia, though they ran without individual contenders Sean McGorty and Grant Fisher.

While the Pilots surpassed top-five teams in the rankings, BYU did it both on the race course and in the rankings. The Cougars scored the young season’s biggest upset to date, taking down defending champion No. 1 Syracuse at Virginia, 39-44, to climb two spots to No. 2 in the cutthroat Mountain Region.

Running without last year’s top NCAA finisher Dallin Farnsworth, BYU still managed to put four runners in the top-10 and seven in the top-20. The fourth- and fifth-place duo of Nicolas Montanez and Clayton Young led the way.

The Cougars still trail national No. 2 Northern Arizona in the rankings, but they did surpass national No. 15 UTEP and national No. 5 Colorado.

The third team to break into the top-two of its region was the aforementioned Griak runner-up Iowa State. The Cyclones moved up three spots to No. 2 in the Midwest to lay temporary claim to one of the region’s two automatic bids.

ISU was the living embodiment of pack running at Griak. Toby Hardwick finished 17th overall to lead a tight group of men in 18th, 19th, 20th and 23rd – all within about five seconds of one another.

Though it didn’t see a change in its top two teams, the Southeast was perhaps the most volatile of the nine regions this past weekend. A 14th-place finish at Griak dropped Furman five spots to No. 9 in the region, opening the door for other teams to move up. No. 4 Virginia Tech moved up one, No. 5 Campbell moved up two after taking fourth at Virginia, and No. 6 Kentucky was up three after a strong showing at Oklahoma State.

See the full rankings below.

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 #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 Indiana 4-0 (4-0) Big Ten
1
2 Wisconsin — (—) Big Ten
2
3 Michigan 27-4 (2-0) Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State 28-4 (4-1) Big Ten
4
5 Purdue 3-1 (3-1) Big Ten
5
6 Eastern Michigan 3-1 (3-1) Mid-American
6
7 IUPUI 2-2 (2-2) Summit League
7
8 Notre Dame 9-1 (4-0) ACC
8
9 Ohio State 19-2 (1-0) Big Ten
9
10 Oakland — (—) Horizon
10
11 Butler 18-3 (0-1) Big East
11
12 Ohio 5-2 (1-0) Mid-American
12
13 Indiana State 1-6 (1-4) Missouri Valley
13
14 Miami (Ohio) 2-2 (2-2) Mid-American
14
15 Akron 3-4 (0-1) Mid-American
15
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 2-7 (0-5) Ivy
3
4 Villanova — (—) Big East
4
5 Navy 21-10 (5-0) Patriot
5
6 Lehigh 5-3 (5-1) Patriot
6
7 Penn State 13-22 (4-3) Big Ten
7
8 Saint Joseph’s 4-9 (3-5) Atlantic 10
8
9 La Salle — (—) Atlantic 10
9
10 Bucknell 6-7 (2-0) Patriot
10
11 Duquesne 3-1 (-) Atlantic 10
11
12 Rutgers 5-8 (4-4) Big Ten
12
13 Pittsburgh 8-20 (0-2) ACC
13
14 American 5-8 (1-1) Patriot
NR
15 Temple 3-3 (2-1) American
14
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 5-0 (3-0) Big 12
1
2 Iowa State 27-1 (8-0) Big 12
5
3 Tulsa 4-1 (2-1) American
3
4 Minnesota 20-8 (7-1) Big Ten
6
5 Illinois 20-10 (6-2) Big Ten
4
6 Oklahoma 13-15 (3-5) Big 12
2
7 Bradley 5-0 (3-0) Missouri Valley
7
8 South Dakota State 16-12 (5-3) Summit League
8
9 Kansas — (—) Big 12
9
10 Wichita State 1-3 (1-2) Missouri Valley
10
11 Missouri 17-4 (2-0) SEC
11
12 Iowa 21-14 (11-4) Big Ten
13
13 Nebraska 3-1 (3-0) Big Ten
12
14 Kansas State 5-4 (3-3) Big 12
NR
15 Saint Louis 10-0 (2-0) Atlantic 10
NR
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 BYU 13-0 (-) West Coast
4
3 Colorado — (—) Pac-12
2
4 UTEP — (—) Conference USA
3
5 Colorado State 22-6 (3-0) Mountain West
6
6 Southern Utah 21-7 (2-1) Big Sky
5
7 Air Force 4-0 (-) Mountain West
7
8 New Mexico — (—) Mountain West
8
9 Utah State 7-0 (6-0) Mountain West
9
10 Weber State 6-1 (5-1) Big Sky
10
11 Utah Valley 5-1 (-) WAC
11
12 Texas Tech — (—) Big 12
12
13 Wyoming 17-18 (5-4) Mountain West
13
14 Idaho State 6-29 (3-6) 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 19-1 (2-0) ACC
1
2 Columbia 5-4 (4-4) Ivy
2
3 Iona 3-5 (2-5) Metro Atlantic
3
4 Dartmouth 13-0 (11-0) Ivy
4
5 Providence 12-1 (10-1) Big East
5
6 Yale 6-1 (4-0) Ivy
6
7 Cornell 6-1 (0-1) Ivy
7
8 Army West Point 8-0 (7-0) Patriot
8
9 Brown 10-3 (9-2) Ivy
9
10 Stony Brook — (—) America East
10
11 Harvard 0-2 (0-1) Ivy
11
12 Binghamton 2-0 (2-0) America East
12
13 Maine 10-4 (9-3) America East
13
14 Connecticut 4-0 (2-0) American
14
15 Buffalo 2-2 (1-1) Mid-American
15
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 21-0 (10-0) Conference USA
3
4 Georgia 20-1 (9-1) SEC
4
5 Alabama — (—) SEC
5
6 Florida 10-0 (10-0) SEC
6
7 Auburn 18-7 (8-2) SEC
7
8 Georgia Tech 11-17 (1-0) ACC
8
9 Tennessee 14-7 (7-3) SEC
9
10 Tennessee Tech 13-8 (6-4) Ohio Valley
10
11 Lipscomb 19-15 (5-5) Atlantic Sun
11
12 Belmont 10-11 (4-6) Ohio Valley
12
13 North Florida 9-1 (9-1) Atlantic Sun
14
14 Florida Gulf Coast 8-2 (8-2) Atlantic Sun
13
15 ETSU 4-3 (-) Southern
NR
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 11-2 (-) SEC
1
2 Texas — (—) Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M 13-0 (11-0) SEC
3
4 Baylor — (—) Big 12
4
5 UT Arlington — (—) Sun Belt
5
6 Lamar 11-2 (10-1) Southland
12
7 North Texas — (—) Conference USA
6
8 Stephen F. Austin 2-3 (1-0) Southland
9
9 Texas State 1-4 (0-1) Sun Belt
7
10 McNeese State 10-3 (9-2) Southland
10
11 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-4 (8-3) Southland
8
12 Rice — (—) Conference USA
13
13 Louisiana-Lafayette — (—) Sun Belt
14
14 LSU 8-5 (7-4) SEC
15
15 Central Arkansas 11-8 (9-5) Southland
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 11-2 (6-0) ACC
2
3 NC State — (—) ACC
3
4 Virginia Tech 7-0 (4-0) ACC
5
5 Campbell 10-3 (5-1) Big South
7
6 Kentucky 12-3 (0-1) SEC
9
7 Louisville 16-5 (4-0) ACC
6
8 William and Mary 8-5 (4-2) Colonial
11
9 Furman 19-13 (4-0) Southern
4
10 North Carolina — (—) ACC
8
11 Charlotte 7-6 (3-3) Conference USA
NR
12 Davidson 11-10 (3-1) Atlantic 10
13
13 George Mason — (—) Atlantic 10
14
14 Appalachian State 4-9 (2-4) Sun Belt
12
15 Duke 8-23 (0-1) ACC
10
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 Portland 32-2 (7-2) West Coast
4
2 Oregon 6-0 (4-0) Pac-12
1
3 Boise State 26-2 (4-1) Mountain West
3
4 Stanford 9-4 (-) Pac-12
2
5 Washington State 4-0 (4-0) Pac-12
5
6 Washington 3-1 (3-1) Pac-12
6
7 UCLA 23-5 (3-2) Pac-12
7
8 California — (—) Pac-12
8
9 San Francisco 17-11 (2-3) West Coast
9
10 Cal Poly 6-0 (5-0) Big West
10
11 Arizona State — (—) Pac-12
11
12 Gonzaga — (—) West Coast
12
13 St. Mary’s (Calif.) — (—) West Coast
13
14 San Jose State — (—) Mountain West
14
15 Santa Clara — (—) West Coast
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Washington, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford