Final NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Set Stage for Regional Championships

Final NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Set Stage for Regional Championships

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 31, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Fresh off an exciting weekend of conference championships action, the final edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings set the stage for an equally dramatic slate of regional championship meets in two weeks’ time.

Three new No. 2 teams emerged from the nine regions in the rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as all nine regional favorites from a week ago held onto their No. 1 status.

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UCLA, Michigan State and NC State moved to the all-important second position in their respective West, Great Lakes and Southeast regions.

Finishing top two at one of the nine regional championships on November 11 is of the highest importance, with those 18 teams earning automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on November 19.

The remainder of the field – 13 teams – will be determined by at-large berths, which are allocated based on teams’ bodies of work in the regular season.

Of the three regions with new No. 2 teams, the movement in the West will likely have the largest impact on Tuesday’s National Coaches’ Polls – announced live on the USTFCCCA’s “Cross Country U” podcast at noon ET.

With its third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, national No. 10 UCLA moved ahead of No. 3 Oregon in the West Rankings.  Both teams finished behind Pac-12 champ Colorado from the Mountain Region and current West favorite Stanford.

Entering the Big Ten Championships as the fourth-highest-ranked team in the field, Michigan State came just three points shy of upsetting regional favorite Wisconsin for its first conference title since the 1970s. The Spartans were rewarded in the Great Lakes Regional rankings for their effort, moving up two spots from last time to No. 2.

Also moving up two spots to No. 3 in the Great Lakes was third-place Indiana. The moves by the Spartans and Hoosiers displaced MAC Champion Eastern Michigan down a notch to No. 4, while Michigan dropped three spots to No. 5 after a disappointing fifth-place effort at Big Tens after coming in as the favorite to repeat.

NC State made the biggest move to No. 2 of any of these three teams, jumping up four spots in the Southeast after a close third-place finish at the ACC Championships. The Wolfpack finished just 10 points behind current regional favorite Virginia.

Virginia was the only team that remained stationary in the Southeast, as the remaining 14 teams either moved or entered the rankings.

While there wasn’t movement atop the Mountain Region, conference championships weekend did set up a dynamic showdown in Logan, Utah. Big Sky champ Northern Arizona, WCC winner BYU, Pac-12 winner Colorado and Conference USA champ UTEP are poised for a titanic clash.

See the full regional rankings below.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2016 Week #6 — October 31

national poll release: November 1
next regional release: December 30
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 Wisconsin 30-10 (7-0) Big Ten (1)
1
2 Michigan State 50-22 (8-4) Big Ten (2)
4
3 Indiana 50-6 (15-3) Big Ten (3)
5
4 Eastern Michigan 37-28 (13-2) Mid-American (1)
3
5 Michigan 69-11 (13-3) Big Ten (5)
2
6 Purdue 40-37 (11-9) Big Ten (7)
7
7 Ohio State 54-23 (15-7) Big Ten (8)
6
8 Butler 46-24 (7-5) Big East (3)
8
9 IUPUI 38-29 (13-7) Summit League (2)
9
10 Dayton 39-29 (12-8) Atlantic 10 (1)
10
11 Miami (Ohio) 30-7 (17-7) Mid-American (2)
12
12 Ohio 31-9 (15-6) Mid-American (4)
11
13 Cincinnati 27-6 (9-4) American (3)
13
14 Youngstown State 23-44 (11-10) Horizon (1)
NR
15 Indiana State 22-50 (7-14) Missouri Valley (3)
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 49-14 (14-0) Big East (1)
1
2 Penn 41-21 (11-2) Ivy (1)
2
3 Navy 53-14 (18-2) Patriot (1)
3
4 Princeton 23-28 (5-3) Ivy (2)
4
5 Villanova 21-17 (2-4) Big East (4)
6
6 Penn State 24-34 (8-2) Big Ten (9)
5
7 Duquesne 37-12 (6-2) Atlantic 10 (2)
12
8 Saint Joseph’s 37-30 (18-11) Atlantic 10 (5)
10
9 La Salle 37-19 (18-5) Atlantic 10 (6)
7
10 Pittsburgh 21-35 (3-3) ACC (9)
8
11 Rutgers 24-21 (14-5) Big Ten (11)
9
12 Lehigh 23-56 (13-6) Patriot (4)
11
13 Bucknell 21-28 (7-9) Patriot (5)
13
14 Temple 17-25 (8-7) American (5)
15
15 George Washington 22-37 (12-14) Atlantic 10 (10)
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 27-0 (7-0) Big 12 (1)
1
2 Iowa State 56-9 (15-1) Big 12 (2)
2
3 Tulsa 29-13 (5-2) American (1)
3
4 Bradley 60-18 (17-2) Missouri Valley (1)
4
5 Minnesota 36-32 (12-3) Big Ten (4)
5
6 South Dakota State 30-34 (11-6) Summit League (1)
6
7 Illinois 49-45 (10-7) Big Ten (6)
7
8 Missouri 63-23 (8-2) SEC (6)
8
9 Kansas 25-24 (6-5) Big 12 (4)
10
10 Oklahoma 38-36 (8-10) Big 12 (6)
9
11 Wichita State 34-32 (10-7) Missouri Valley (2)
11
12 Saint Louis 41-3 (16-1) Atlantic 10 (3)
12
13 Nebraska 19-58 (5-9) Big Ten (10)
13
14 Iowa 28-58 (13-13) Big Ten (12)
14
15 Eastern Illinois 46-14 (25-4) Ohio Valley (4)
15
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 43-0 (9-0) Big Sky (1)
1
2 BYU 49-2 (3-1) West Coast (1)
2
3 Colorado 45-2 (6-0) Pac-12 (1)
3
4 UTEP 66-6 (8-1) Conference USA (1)
5
5 Colorado State 52-17 (8-2) Mountain West (2)
4
6 Southern Utah 68-24 (10-6) Big Sky (2)
6
7 Air Force 57-16 (8-5) Mountain West (3)
7
8 Utah State 36-17 (10-6) Mountain West (4)
8
9 Texas Tech 28-10 (2-0) Big 12 (5)
9
10 New Mexico 5-26 (1-7) Mountain West (5)
10
11 Wyoming 38-42 (6-12) Mountain West (6)
11
12 Weber State 22-20 (10-6) Big Sky (3)
12
13 Idaho State 13-33 (6-9) Big Sky (5)
13
14 Montana State 25-13 (5-8) Big Sky (6)
NR
15 Utah Valley 36-32 (1-5) WAC (2)
14
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 57-4 (6-0) ACC (1)
1
2 Iona 61-4 (19-1) Metro Atlantic (1)
2
3 Providence 50-23 (12-3) Big East (2)
3
4 Columbia 38-31 (17-5) Ivy (3)
4
5 Dartmouth 68-33 (35-11) Ivy (4)
5
6 Yale 33-40 (17-15) Ivy (5)
7
7 Cornell 39-37 (10-8) Ivy (6)
6
8 Northeastern 32-31 (20-10) Colonial (2)
9
9 Buffalo 23-28 (4-7) Mid-American (3)
11
10 Brown 30-11 (29-9) Ivy (7)
10
11 Army West Point 32-10 (14-4) Patriot (2)
8
12 Stony Brook 36-15 (12-9) America East (1)
14
13 Maine 31-7 (29-7) America East (2)
13
14 Albany 23-20 (13-12) America East (3)
NR
15 Boston University 23-8 (18-7) Patriot (3)
NR
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 47-2 (8-0) SEC (2)
1
2 Middle Tennessee 51-2 (19-0) Conference USA (2)
2
3 Florida State 34-38 (8-1) ACC (5)
3
4 Georgia 68-12 (30-2) SEC (4)
4
5 Alabama 31-26 (15-8) SEC (5)
5
6 Florida 46-39 (13-4) SEC (8)
6
7 Samford 38-9 (17-1) Southern (2)
7
8 North Florida 23-1 (21-1) Atlantic Sun (1)
14
9 Tennessee 44-29 (24-13) SEC (9)
10
10 Auburn 50-27 (26-11) SEC (10)
8
11 Georgia Tech 39-30 (18-5) ACC (8)
9
12 Belmont 41-32 (19-12) Ohio Valley (2)
11
13 Lipscomb 40-28 (16-15) Atlantic Sun (2)
13
14 Florida Gulf Coast 24-5 (18-5) Atlantic Sun (3)
15
15 ETSU 35-20 (4-5) Southern (3)
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 64-1 (11-0) SEC (1)
1
2 Texas 28-18 (5-0) Big 12 (3)
2
3 Texas A&M 33-49 (17-4) SEC (7)
3
4 Lamar 40-3 (20-1) Southland (1)
6
5 UT Arlington 33-22 (10-3) Sun Belt (1)
5
6 Stephen F. Austin 16-4 (15-1) Southland (2)
7
7 Baylor 8-24 (2-3) Big 12 (7)
4
8 McNeese State 30-10 (17-4) Southland (3)
10
9 Louisiana-Lafayette 25-9 (16-3) Sun Belt (2)
12
10 North Texas 18-46 (10-2) Conference USA (4)
11
11 Texas State 10-6 (5-3) Sun Belt (3)
9
12 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 18-8 (17-7) Southland (4)
8
13 Sam Houston State 14-14 (14-12) Southland (5)
NR
14 Tulane 14-19 (1-0) American (2)
NR
15 Rice 22-13 (6-2) Conference USA (5)
13
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 Virginia 36-5 (16-0) ACC (2)
1
2 NC State 32-35 (9-2) ACC (3)
6
3 Virginia Tech 48-6 (16-3) ACC (4)
2
4 Kentucky 48-5 (1-1) SEC (3)
3
5 Furman 56-23 (11-0) Southern (1)
4
6 William and Mary 21-11 (8-4) Colonial (1)
8
7 Eastern Kentucky 39-27 (6-1) Ohio Valley (1)
5
8 Campbell 37-30 (16-8) Big South (1)
9
9 Charlotte 21-16 (4-6) Conference USA (3)
10
10 North Carolina 12-55 (4-7) ACC (6)
NR
11 Louisville 58-34 (12-6) ACC (7)
7
12 Liberty 39-14 (16-7) Big South (2)
NR
13 George Mason 33-3 (22-0) Atlantic 10 (4)
12
14 Appalachian State 27-15 (19-6) Sun Belt (4)
NR
15 Davidson 46-27 (20-10) Atlantic 10 (7)
11
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 Stanford 47-10 (14-4) Pac-12 (2)
1
2 UCLA 53-12 (13-4) Pac-12 (3)
3
3 Oregon 51-3 (16-2) Pac-12 (4)
2
4 Portland 63-8 (18-3) West Coast (2)
4
5 Washington State 47-18 (11-6) Pac-12 (5)
5
6 Boise State 48-16 (7-5) Mountain West (1)
6
7 California 49-21 (6-7) Pac-12 (6)
9
8 Washington 22-24 (8-12) Pac-12 (7)
7
9 San Francisco 53-21 (12-5) West Coast (3)
8
10 Cal Poly 47-11 (20-3) Big West (1)
10
11 Gonzaga 18-31 (7-6) West Coast (4)
11
12 UC Santa Barbara 29-5 (24-4) Big West (2)
14
13 Arizona State 17-38 (9-11) Pac-12 (8)
12
14 San Jose State 20-8 (15-3) Mountain West (7)
13
15 St. Mary’s (Calif.) 20-9 (15-8) West Coast (5)
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Washington, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford