Nuttycombe And Pre-Nats Shake Up NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings

Nuttycombe And Pre-Nats Shake Up NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS — Did everybody catch their breath after a crazy weekend in NCAA Division I Cross Country?

Good.

Now it’s time to take a look at how the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational shook up the most recent Women’s Regional Rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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There are two new No. 1 teams and five more moved into the all-important No. 2 slot. The top-2 spots in each region are critical, because if those teams finish in that position at the Regional Championship on November 11, they’ll earn automatic bids to the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships eight days later.

Let’s start alphabetically and find ourselves in the Great Lakes Region, where former No. 2 Michigan supplanted former No. 1 Michigan State at the top of the billing. This past weekend the Wolverines finished a game third at the Pre-National Invitational behind individual champion Erin Finn, while the Spartans limped to 19th place in Madison, Wisconsin and only had one runner in the top-50.

Michigan State actually fell all the way down to fourth, as both Eastern Michigan (No. 3 to No. 2) and Notre Dame (No. 5 to No. 3) leapfrogged, too. The Eagles were 7th at Pre-Nationals and the Irish were 9th in Wisconsin as Anna Rohrer placed third overall.

The other new No. 1 team is that of Iowa State in the Midwest Region. The Cyclones, who were formerly No. 3, jumped two spots after an 8th-place finish in Wisconsin. Erin Hooker led the way for Iowa State as its move pushed Oklahoma State (No. 1 to No. 2) and Minnesota (No. 2 to No. 3) down one spot each.

Just like the Cyclones, the Villanova Wildcats are making a name for themselves as the season progresses. Villanova most recently was 12th in Wisconsin, topped region rivals Georgetown and Penn, and went from No. 5 to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic. Paul Short Run champ Angel Piccirillo was 19th overall and the Wildcats put two in the top-35.

Another team that surged three spots in the rankings was that of Oregon. The Ducks had fallen to No. 5 in the West Region, but their performance at Pre-Nats propelled them right back to No. 2 behind top-ranked Washington. Oregon had two runners in the top-15 and finished runner-up to Colorado in the team standings.

Baylor and William & Mary are the other two teams that slid into the No. 2 spot in their respectively regions. The Bears were a surprising fifth in Wisconsin as Maggie Montoya and Lindsey Bradley led the way. The Tribe took eighth at the Penn State National Open, which was run Friday and won by the host Nittany Lions.

With the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and Pre-Nats in the books, the postseason is quickly approaching. Conference championships are in two weeks and they’ll be followed by the nine Regional Championships in which NCAA bids will be secured.

What impact will these rankings have on the National Coaches’ Poll? Be sure to check back in tomorrow at noon ET and tune into "Cross Country U."

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 #5 — October 17

national poll release: October 18
next regional release: October 31
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 95-6 (18-1) Big Ten
2
2 Eastern Michigan 77-8 (10-1) Mid-American
3
3 Notre Dame 47-15 (7-1) ACC
5
4 Michigan State 49-19 (8-1) Big Ten
1
5 Indiana 59-19 (17-2) Big Ten
4
6 Butler 69-19 (11-6) Big East
7
7 Wisconsin 14-21 (0-2) Big Ten
8
8 Purdue 37-30 (7-7) Big Ten
9
9 Ohio State 74-31 (10-10) Big Ten
6
10 Toledo 47-50 (13-11) Mid-American
10
11 Oakland 40-6 (14-0) Horizon
15
12 Marquette 34-44 (11-11) Big East
11
13 Dayton 41-10 (17-5) Atlantic 10
13
14 Miami (Ohio) 31-8 (18-4) Mid-American
12
15 Xavier 40-33 (10-17) Big East
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 56-2 (14-0) Big Ten
1
2 Villanova 51-17 (15-4) Big East
5
3 Penn 52-16 (16-3) Ivy
3
4 West Virginia 51-10 (21-4) Big 12
4
5 Georgetown 49-23 (18-3) Big East
2
6 Princeton 25-39 (13-8) Ivy
6
7 Bucknell 31-16 (16-4) Patriot
7
8 Pittsburgh 31-24 (9-4) ACC
8
9 Maryland 43-16 (25-4) Big Ten
9
10 Duquesne 25-20 (5-6) Atlantic 10
11
11 Lehigh 33-32 (15-10) Patriot
10
12 George Washington 32-27 (19-10) Atlantic 10
13
13 Navy 15-37 (7-7) Patriot
12
14 Towson 27-37 (10-13) Colonial
14
15 UMBC 29-30 (17-12) America East
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 Iowa State 43-21 (11-1) Big 12
3
2 Oklahoma State 20-3 (2-1) Big 12
1
3 Minnesota 57-32 (14-1) Big Ten
2
4 Missouri 66-43 (11-19) SEC
6
5 Kansas 29-14 (4-1) Big 12
5
6 Tulsa 11-24 (3-2) American
4
7 Oklahoma 35-42 (9-5) Big 12
8
8 Northern Illinois 57-21 (39-5) Mid-American
12
9 Northern Iowa 48-6 (25-2) Missouri Valley
15
10 Bradley 55-3 (28-2) Missouri Valley
13
11 South Dakota 33-5 (24-4) Summit League
9
12 Iowa 32-86 (20-28) Big Ten
11
13 Southeast Missouri 47-34 (18-5) Ohio Valley
NR
14 Illinois 44-34 (31-13) Big Ten
7
15 Wichita State 31-9 (6-1) Missouri Valley
14
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 Colorado 71-0 (5-0) Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico 46-6 (7-0) Mountain West
2
3 Utah 49-11 (12-2) Pac-12
4
4 BYU 35-9 (3-2) West Coast
3
5 Air Force 43-19 (4-3) Mountain West
5
6 Wyoming 36-24 (8-3) Mountain West
9
7 Weber State 21-39 (7-7) Big Sky
6
8 Colorado State 44-37 (6-2) Mountain West
7
9 Northern Arizona 23-41 (2-6) Big Sky
10
10 Utah State 23-27 (5-7) Mountain West
8
11 Nevada 22-2 (2-0) Mountain West
15
12 UTEP 43-4 (3-1) Conference USA
14
13 Southern Utah 44-22 (4-3) Big Sky
13
14 Montana 3-5 (2-5) Big Sky
12
15 Utah Valley 32-24 (0-3) WAC
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 61-2 (17-0) Big East
1
2 Yale 65-10 (24-1) Ivy
2
3 Harvard 22-17 (3-3) Ivy
4
4 Syracuse 26-23 (4-3) ACC
3
5 Cornell 46-14 (15-2) Ivy
5
6 Brown 57-37 (28-7) Ivy
7
7 Dartmouth 53-34 (24-4) Ivy
6
8 Boston College 29-44 (16-11) ACC
8
9 New Hampshire 20-32 (8-6) America East
11
10 UMass Lowell — (—) America East
9
11 Iona 50-14 (20-7) Metro Atlantic
10
12 Columbia 52-53 (20-19) Ivy
12
13 Buffalo 34-28 (10-8) Mid-American
13
14 Stony Brook 38-19 (12-10) America East
14
15 Vermont 25-6 (21-6) 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 46-21 (12-11) SEC
1
2 Mississippi State 77-20 (11-1) SEC
2
3 Florida 71-17 (13-1) SEC
3
4 Alabama 32-14 (19-2) SEC
5
5 Florida State 38-67 (16-24) ACC
4
6 Vanderbilt 29-46 (10-4) SEC
6
7 Lipscomb 57-12 (28-3) Atlantic Sun
7
8 Georgia 62-21 (23-6) SEC
10
9 Auburn 56-20 (28-7) SEC
8
10 Memphis 40-14 (23-5) American
9
11 Middle Tennessee 29-23 (12-7) Conference USA
11
12 Southern Miss 25-8 (15-6) Conference USA
14
13 UT Martin 32-40 (18-17) Ohio Valley
15
14 Jacksonville 15-3 (15-3) Atlantic Sun
13
15 Samford 28-12 (11-7) Southern
NR
REGION HISTORY HERE

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 63-4 (10-0) SEC
1
2 Baylor 59-12 (16-4) Big 12
3
3 SMU 25-17 (0-1) American
2
4 Texas 21-19 (1-1) Big 12
5
5 Rice 26-33 (15-1) Conference USA
4
6 Stephen F. Austin 7-3 (6-0) Southland
7
7 Texas A&M 15-26 (14-5) SEC
6
8 TCU 40-17 (17-5) Big 12
9
9 Tulane 9-46 (5-2) American
8
10 UTRGV 10-10 (7-5) WAC
10
11 North Texas 11-8 (7-3) Conference USA
11
12 Houston 17-21 (9-6) American
14
13 LSU 21-23 (13-6) SEC
12
14 Lamar 20-24 (7-5) Southland
13
15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-10 (8-8) 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 61-2 (13-0) ACC
1
2 William and Mary 24-12 (10-2) Colonial
3
3 Kentucky 34-4 (1-0) SEC
4
4 Eastern Kentucky 63-25 (17-1) Ohio Valley
5
5 Virginia 32-20 (11-1) ACC
2
6 Virginia Tech 37-13 (10-2) ACC
6
7 Furman 43-35 (9-2) Southern
8
8 Louisville 49-39 (13-5) ACC
11
9 Clemson 19-59 (6-11) ACC
13
10 Elon 29-38 (7-8) Colonial
10
11 Charlotte 12-21 (2-7) Conference USA
15
12 Duke 42-14 (18-1) ACC
14
13 James Madison 35-45 (7-6) Colonial
9
14 Appalachian State 32-11 (23-6) Sun Belt
NR
15 North Carolina 14-49 (10-3) ACC
12
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 Washington 42-0 (13-0) Pac-12
1
2 Oregon 48-2 (12-1) Pac-12
5
3 Portland 73-3 (11-1) West Coast
2
4 San Francisco 54-10 (5-3) West Coast
6
5 Stanford 41-5 (9-2) Pac-12
3
6 UCLA 46-18 (3-5) Pac-12
7
7 Boise State 44-22 (4-4) Mountain West
4
8 California 47-15 (4-3) Pac-12
9
9 Cal Poly 44-12 (14-5) Big West
8
10 Arizona 44-30 (2-9) Pac-12
10
11 UC Santa Barbara 29-5 (23-3) Big West
13
12 Arizona State 24-30 (12-6) Pac-12
11
13 Idaho 4-4 (4-2) Big Sky
12
14 Loyola Marymount 28-6 (23-4) West Coast
15
15 Oregon State 29-20 (2-3) Pac-12
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington