Teams Jockey For Position In Final NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings

Teams Jockey For Position In Final NCAA DI Women’s XC Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS — Another Conference Championship Weekend in NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country has come and gone and outside of a few upsets, those teams and individuals that were favored handled business.

Because of that, there weren’t many changes to the latest Regional Rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). These are also the final Regional Rankings of the season as the results from the upcoming Regional Championships are considered the final ranking.

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Each of the nine teams that entered this past weekend ranked No. 1 in their respective regions remained on top and three teams moved into the all-important No. 2 position. Remember: The top-2 teams at each regional championship punch an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The biggest mover in the rankings this week was Stanford in the West Region. The Cardinal went from No. 5 to No. 2 after finishing third at the Pac-12 Championships (Colorado rolled and Washington, the top-ranked West team, finished second).

It was a coming-out party of sorts for Stanford as three of its top-5 finishers were freshmen. Vanessa Fraser led the way in 8th, but behind her were Fiona O’Keefe (11th), Christina Aragon (14th) and Ella Donaghu (20th).

In the Northeast Region, Harvard moved from No. 3 to No. 2 thanks to a huge win at the Heptagonal Championships. The Crimson put four in the top-10 of a 56-woman race and captured its first conference title since 1985 (7th in program history). Courtney Smith earned the individual win for Harvard (20:19.6 — 12 seconds ahead of Penn’s Ashley Montgomery), the first from that program to do so in 27 years.

Over in the South Central Region, SMU is in prime position with two weeks to go until the regional championship. The Mustangs edged Tulsa 45-47 at the AAC Championships and leapfrogged Baylor, a team that struggled at the Big 12 Championships.

As a refresher, here is the top team in each region: Michigan (Great Lakes), Colorado (Mountain), Arkansas (South Central), Penn State (Mid-Atlantic), Providence (Northeast), NC State (Southeast), Iowa State (Midwest), Mississippi (South) and Washington (West).

We’ll find out very soon how well these region rankings hold up when the 2016 NCAA Division I Regional Championships are held across the nation on November 11.

As always, you can find out what impact the past weekend had on the National Coaches’ Poll when it’s unveiled LIVE on "Cross Country U." That show airs at noon ET on Tuesday exclusively on USTFCCCA.org.

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

National Poll Release: November 1

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 112-7 (27-2) Big Ten (1)
1
2 Eastern Michigan 90-11 (21-4) Mid-American (1)
2
3 Notre Dame 60-16 (7-1) ACC (2)
3
4 Michigan State 65-21 (17-2) Big Ten (3)
4
5 Ohio State 83-35 (13-12) Big Ten (5)
9
6 Butler 76-27 (13-6) Big East (4)
6
7 Wisconsin 22-26 (2-5) Big Ten (6)
7
8 Purdue 44-36 (8-11) Big Ten (7)
8
9 Indiana 40-21 (10-7) Big Ten (8)
5
10 Bowling Green 40-22 (17-10) Mid-American (3)
NR
11 Oakland 48-6 (21-0) Horizon (1)
11
12 Marquette 39-48 (12-12) Big East (5)
12
13 Dayton 50-9 (16-4) Atlantic 10 (2)
13
14 Xavier 41-36 (9-18) Big East (6)
15
15 Central Michigan 34-39 (13-11) Mid-American (4)
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 68-3 (16-0) Big Ten (2)
1
2 Villanova 59-18 (17-4) Big East (2)
2
3 Penn 57-18 (17-3) Ivy (3)
3
4 West Virginia 58-11 (21-4) Big 12 (3)
4
5 Georgetown 56-25 (19-4) Big East (3)
5
6 Bucknell 37-15 (18-3) Patriot (1)
7
7 Princeton 17-35 (7-4) Ivy (6)
6
8 Pittsburgh 39-30 (9-4) ACC (7)
8
9 Duquesne 36-22 (8-6) Atlantic 10 (3)
10
10 Maryland 44-26 (25-5) Big Ten (12)
9
11 Lehigh 41-33 (19-11) Patriot (2)
11
12 Navy 21-40 (10-9) Patriot (4)
13
13 George Washington 39-31 (20-11) Atlantic 10 (6)
12
14 UMBC 32-32 (16-12) America East (5)
15
15 Monmouth 39-33 (16-12) Metro Atlantic (3)
NR
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 52-21 (15-1) Big 12 (1)
1
2 Oklahoma State 28-4 (5-2) Big 12 (2)
2
3 Minnesota 67-35 (18-1) Big Ten (4)
3
4 Missouri 74-18 (10-0) SEC (3)
4
5 Tulsa 20-25 (3-2) American (2)
6
6 Oklahoma 41-45 (11-7) Big 12 (4)
7
7 Kansas 33-19 (5-4) Big 12 (6)
5
8 Northern Illinois 63-27 (37-10) Mid-American (2)
8
9 Northern Iowa 53-5 (30-2) Missouri Valley (1)
9
10 Northwestern 29-75 (14-18) Big Ten (9)
NR
11 Illinois 48-44 (33-18) Big Ten (10)
14
12 Iowa 28-73 (17-15) Big Ten (11)
12
13 South Dakota 36-4 (27-4) Summit League (1)
11
14 Bradley 65-3 (37-3) Missouri Valley (2)
10
15 Southeast Missouri 54-33 (18-5) Ohio Valley (2)
13
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 52-0 (6-0) Pac-12 (1)
1
2 New Mexico 56-6 (12-0) Mountain West (1)
2
3 Utah 56-15 (12-3) Pac-12 (5)
3
4 BYU 43-10 (3-2) West Coast (2)
4
5 Air Force 52-20 (8-4) Mountain West (2)
5
6 Colorado State 51-40 (9-4) Mountain West (4)
8
7 Northern Arizona 34-43 (8-6) Big Sky (1)
9
8 Weber State 31-40 (12-8) Big Sky (2)
7
9 Wyoming 42-28 (10-6) Mountain West (5)
6
10 Utah State 28-32 (6-11) Mountain West (6)
10
11 Southern Utah 52-24 (8-5) Big Sky (3)
13
12 UTEP 53-6 (3-1) Conference USA (3)
12
13 Nevada 26-8 (2-5) Mountain West (7)
11
14 Montana 11-10 (5-9) Big Sky (5)
14
15 Utah Valley 38-24 (1-3) WAC (1)
15
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 70-2 (18-0) Big East (1)
1
2 Harvard 29-17 (8-3) Ivy (1)
3
3 Yale 71-11 (28-2) Ivy (2)
2
4 Syracuse 35-27 (5-3) ACC (5)
4
5 Brown 58-38 (28-7) Ivy (4)
6
6 Cornell 49-18 (17-5) Ivy (5)
5
7 Dartmouth 54-40 (25-8) Ivy (7)
7
8 Boston College 30-52 (14-9) ACC (12)
8
9 New Hampshire 27-32 (14-6) America East (1)
9
10 Stony Brook 43-19 (17-10) America East (2)
14
11 Iona 58-14 (26-7) Metro Atlantic (1)
11
12 Columbia 33-59 (16-23) Ivy (8)
12
13 UMass Lowell DI prov. (–) America East (3)
10
14 Buffalo 38-29 (9-7) Mid-American (6)
13
15 Quinnipiac 42-37 (18-11) Metro Atlantic (2)
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 48-8 (12-0) SEC (2)
1
2 Mississippi State 87-23 (17-2) SEC (4)
2
3 Vanderbilt 38-50 (15-6) SEC (5)
6
4 Alabama 38-19 (21-5) SEC (6)
4
5 Lipscomb 62-12 (31-3) Atlantic Sun (1)
7
6 Florida 77-24 (16-5) SEC (8)
3
7 Memphis 46-16 (23-5) American (3)
10
8 Auburn 59-28 (28-12) SEC (9)
9
9 Middle Tennessee 40-24 (16-7) Conference USA (2)
11
10 Southern Miss 32-11 (16-7) Conference USA (4)
12
11 Florida State 39-56 (15-9) ACC (9)
5
12 Georgia 64-30 (22-12) SEC (10)
8
13 Jacksonville 21-4 (19-4) Atlantic Sun (2)
14
14 Samford 34-13 (12-7) Southern (2)
15
15 North Florida 22-5 (20-5) Atlantic Sun (3)
NR
REGION HISTORY HERE

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 76-4 (12-0) SEC (1)
1
2 SMU 35-17 (2-1) American (1)
3
3 Baylor 64-16 (18-4) Big 12 (5)
2
4 Rice 38-33 (18-1) Conference USA (1)
5
5 Texas 24-25 (2-2) Big 12 (7)
4
6 Stephen F. Austin 17-3 (16-0) Southland (1)
6
7 TCU 42-24 (17-7) Big 12 (8)
8
8 Texas A&M 18-36 (15-6) SEC (11)
7
9 Tulane 13-52 (6-3) American (7)
9
10 UTRGV 13-13 (7-5) WAC (4)
10
11 North Texas 18-13 (9-4) Conference USA (6)
11
12 Houston 17-29 (9-8) American (9)
12
13 LSU 22-33 (13-8) SEC (12)
13
14 Sam Houston State 18-13 (18-11) Southland (2)
NR
15 Lamar 26-23 (15-7) Southland (3)
14
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 75-2 (20-0) ACC (1)
1
2 William and Mary 30-11 (12-1) Colonial (1)
2
3 Kentucky 39-10 (2-0) SEC (7)
3
4 Eastern Kentucky 74-25 (19-1) Ohio Valley (1)
4
5 Virginia Tech 49-15 (16-3) ACC (3)
6
6 Furman 52-35 (14-2) Southern (1)
7
7 Louisville 60-42 (18-7) ACC (4)
8
8 Clemson 28-64 (10-14) ACC (6)
9
9 Wake Forest 38-12 (14-7) ACC (8)
NR
10 Virginia 37-29 (13-6) ACC (10)
5
11 James Madison 42-46 (10-7) Colonial (2)
13
12 Charlotte 20-25 (3-7) Conference USA (5)
11
13 Duke 45-24 (18-7) ACC (11)
12
14 Elon 35-40 (9-10) Colonial (3)
10
15 Appalachian State 42-11 (23-6) Sun Belt (1)
14
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 52-1 (22-0) Pac-12 (2)
1
2 Stanford 50-7 (17-3) Pac-12 (3)
5
3 Portland 82-3 (19-1) West Coast (1)
3
4 Oregon 56-5 (19-3) Pac-12 (4)
2
5 San Francisco 61-12 (12-4) West Coast (3)
4
6 California 53-20 (10-6) Pac-12 (6)
8
7 UCLA 51-24 (8-9) Pac-12 (7)
6
8 Cal Poly 52-12 (22-5) Big West (1)
9
9 Boise State 52-24 (8-4) Mountain West (3)
7
10 Arizona 49-38 (6-15) Pac-12 (8)
10
11 Oregon State 32-28 (5-9) Pac-12 (9)
15
12 Gonzaga 18-18 (7-4) West Coast (4)
NR
13 UC Davis 26-23 (17-7) Big West (2)
NR
14 Arizona State 28-39 (15-13) Pac-12 (10)
12
15 Idaho 12-7 (7-2) Big Sky (4)
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington