Newest NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Announced

Newest NCAA DI Men’s Regional Rankings Announced

NEW ORLEANS – As the NCAA Division I Cross Country season enters the heart of its regular-season schedule, teams around the nation continue to jockey for qualifying position in the newest men’s Regional Rankings.

A pair of teams moved into their regions’ respective second positions – remember, the top two teams at each regional championship next month get automatic berths to the NCAA Championships – in the latest edition of the rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Both of those moves and others 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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In its first appearance of the season, Iona resolved lingering questions and uncertainty with a decisive victory at the Paul Short Run. The Gaels scored a clear victory over Mid-Atlantic Region No. 1 Georgetown, 34-115, to move to No. 2 in the Northeast Region behind defending national champion Syracuse.

Led by the second- and third-place duo of Kieran Clements and Gilbert Kirui, five Gaels finished in the top-12; no other team had more than two in that same range.

Overall, the Northeast was by far the most active region in the rankings this week with 12 of its 15 ranked teams checking in with a different mark than a week ago. Providence moved up two spots to No. 3 after finishing fourth in a strong Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational field. Last week’s No. 2 Columbia fell two spots after a fifth-place showing at Paul Short.

Joining Iona as this week’s other new top-two team was Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders overtook Florida State for the second spot in the South after a strong runner-up showing among DI teams at the Greater Louisville Classic to Virginia Tech, 59-62. Jacob Choge was the runner-up individually for MTSU.

Should the Blue Raiders hold onto or improve upon this rank at the South Region Championships, it would mark their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a team.

For its part, Virginia Tech of the Southeast Region was the lone othermen’s team this week that moved up onto “the bubble” at No. 3. The Hokies displaced NC State, which finished a disappointing 11th at Notre Dame, to No. 4 in the SE.

Navy moved up to No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic with a sixth-place Paul Short showing, while Eastern Michigan and UCLA moved up to No. 5 in their respective Great Lakes and West regions.

See the full regional rankings below.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2016 Week #4 — October 3

national poll release: October 4
next regional release: October 17
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 7-0 (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 Eastern Michigan 16-12 (5-1) Mid-American
6
6 Purdue 12-16 (4-2) Big Ten
5
7 IUPUI 19-4 (8-2) Summit League
7
8 Youngstown State 17-6 (5-1) Horizon
NR
9 Ohio State 30-4 (12-2) Big Ten
9
10 Notre Dame 9-25 (4-2) ACC
8
11 Butler 18-3 (0-1) Big East
11
12 Bowling Green 13-8 (5-3) Mid-American
NR
13 Indiana State 12-14 (4-7) Missouri Valley
13
14 Dayton 20-4 (15-3) Atlantic 10
NR
15 Cincinnati 6-7 (6-7) American
NR
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 31-3 (15-0) Big East
1
2 Penn 24-2 (9-1) Ivy
2
3 Princeton 15-7 (5-5) Ivy
3
4 Navy 43-19 (13-3) Patriot
5
5 Villanova 12-4 (-) Big East
4
6 Penn State 13-22 (4-3) Big Ten
7
7 La Salle 14-13 (7-3) Atlantic 10
9
8 Saint Joseph’s 16-24 (9-9) Atlantic 10
8
9 Lehigh 15-20 (10-6) Patriot
6
10 Bucknell 13-13 (4-3) Patriot
10
11 Duquesne 21-2 (1-0) 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
14
15 Temple 11-22 (6-7) American
15
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
2
3 Tulsa 4-1 (2-1) American
3
4 Minnesota 20-8 (7-1) Big Ten
4
5 Illinois 40-14 (8-2) Big Ten
5
6 Oklahoma 13-15 (3-5) Big 12
6
7 Bradley 20-9 (4-1) Missouri Valley
7
8 South Dakota State 17-12 (6-3) Summit League
8
9 Kansas 2-1 (1-0) Big 12
9
10 Wichita State 16-4 (3-2) Missouri Valley
10
11 Missouri 31-6 (3-1) SEC
11
12 Iowa 23-14 (13-4) Big Ten
12
13 Nebraska 8-20 (3-2) Big Ten
13
14 Kansas State 5-4 (3-3) Big 12
14
15 Eastern Illinois 21-5 (10-1) Ohio Valley
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
2
3 Colorado — (—) Pac-12
3
4 UTEP 23-1 (4-0) Conference USA
4
5 Colorado State 27-7 (3-0) Mountain West
5
6 Southern Utah 40-12 (5-2) Big Sky
6
7 Air Force 20-8 (2-2) Mountain West
7
8 Utah State 7-0 (6-0) Mountain West
9
9 Weber State 13-18 (6-4) Big Sky
10
10 Texas Tech 13-3 (-) Big 12
12
11 New Mexico 2-22 (0-4) Mountain West
8
12 Utah Valley 24-1 (-) WAC
11
13 Wyoming 17-18 (5-4) Mountain West
13
14 Idaho State 6-29 (3-6) Big Sky
14
15 New Mexico State 1-1 (-) 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 Iona 30-5 (13-5) Metro Atlantic
3
3 Providence 33-4 (11-1) Big East
5
4 Columbia 28-8 (13-6) Ivy
2
5 Dartmouth 34-6 (19-3) Ivy
4
6 Cornell 26-8 (7-5) Ivy
7
7 Army West Point 26-9 (13-5) Patriot
8
8 Brown 10-3 (9-2) Ivy
9
9 Harvard 16-13 (5-7) Ivy
11
10 Buffalo 17-14 (5-8) Mid-American
15
11 Yale 7-24 (4-1) Ivy
6
12 Stony Brook 13-15 (3-9) America East
10
13 Maine 10-4 (9-3) America East
13
14 Connecticut 4-0 (2-0) American
14
15 Canisius 17-24 (4-11) Metro Atlantic
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 24-0 (2-0) SEC
1
2 Middle Tennessee 21-0 (10-0) Conference USA
3
3 Florida State 10-14 (1-1) ACC
2
4 Georgia 39-9 (10-1) SEC
4
5 Alabama 8-16 (0-2) SEC
5
6 Florida 27-10 (10-1) SEC
6
7 Tennessee 14-7 (7-3) SEC
9
8 Auburn 18-7 (8-2) SEC
7
9 Georgia Tech 15-18 (5-1) ACC
8
10 Tennessee Tech 13-8 (6-4) Ohio Valley
10
11 Lipscomb 19-15 (5-5) Atlantic Sun
11
12 Belmont 18-22 (5-6) Ohio Valley
12
13 North Florida 9-1 (9-1) Atlantic Sun
13
14 Florida Gulf Coast 8-2 (8-2) Atlantic Sun
14
15 ETSU 4-3 (-) 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 27-2 (8-0) SEC
1
2 Texas 12-12 (3-0) Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M 24-13 (13-1) SEC
3
4 Baylor 6-18 (1-2) Big 12
4
5 UT Arlington 4-20 (0-3) Sun Belt
5
6 Lamar 11-2 (10-1) Southland
6
7 Stephen F. Austin 2-3 (1-0) Southland
8
8 Texas State 1-4 (0-1) Sun Belt
9
9 North Texas 9-7 (7-1) Conference USA
7
10 McNeese State 10-3 (9-2) Southland
10
11 Louisiana-Lafayette 8-8 (6-2) Sun Belt
13
12 Rice 1-2 (-) Conference USA
12
13 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-4 (8-3) Southland
11
14 LSU 8-5 (7-4) SEC
14
15 Central Arkansas 17-18 (14-8) Southland
15
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 24-2 (3-0) Ohio Valley
1
2 Virginia 11-2 (6-0) ACC
2
3 Virginia Tech 7-0 (4-0) ACC
4
4 NC State 14-10 (1-1) ACC
3
5 Campbell 12-8 (7-6) Big South
5
6 Kentucky 12-3 (0-1) SEC
6
7 Louisville 16-5 (4-0) ACC
7
8 William and Mary 8-5 (4-2) Colonial
8
9 Furman 19-13 (4-0) Southern
9
10 Davidson 11-10 (3-1) Atlantic 10
12
11 Charlotte 7-6 (3-3) Conference USA
11
12 Liberty 6-1 (3-1) Big South
NR
13 George Mason 4-0 (1-0) Atlantic 10
13
14 Appalachian State 4-9 (2-4) Sun Belt
14
15 Wake Forest — (—) ACC
NR
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 32-1 (7-1) West Coast
1
2 Oregon 9-0 (7-0) Pac-12
2
3 Boise State 26-2 (4-1) Mountain West
3
4 Stanford 12-8 (2-4) Pac-12
4
5 UCLA 23-6 (3-3) Pac-12
7
6 Washington 7-3 (7-2) Pac-12
6
7 Washington State 25-9 (8-2) Pac-12
5
8 California 26-8 (8-2) Pac-12
8
9 San Francisco 17-11 (2-3) West Coast
9
10 Cal Poly 13-0 (11-0) Big West
10
11 Arizona State 10-0 (9-0) Pac-12
11
12 Gonzaga — (—) West Coast
12
13 UC Santa Barbara 10-3 (9-2) Big West
NR
14 San Jose State 5-2 (4-2) Mountain West
14
15 St. Mary’s (Calif.) 4-3 (3-3) West Coast
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Washington, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford, 2011: Stanford