Three New No. 1 Teams In Week 4 NCAA D1 Women’s XC Regional Rankings

Three New No. 1 Teams In Week 4 NCAA D1 Women’s XC Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS — The stars are starting to come out in NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country and because of that, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Rankings are changing.

After this past weekend’s action in Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Washington, among other states, we saw a major shift in the rankings released Monday.

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There are three new No. 1 teams in the Regional Rankings and three moved up to the all-important No. 2 spot, which would gaurantee a NCAA Championship berth if those teams finish there at the Regional Championship.

How will these affect the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll? You’ll want to tune in Tuesday at noon ET as we reveal them LIVE on "Cross Country U," the new podcast presented by the USTFCCCA.

We’ll start in the West Region, where Washington jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 after romping to the team title at its own invitational. The Huskies put six runners in the top-9 — led by individual champion Charlotte Prouse — and scored 24 points to beat Oregon (57) and Harvard (78). In surging four spots, Washington vaulted over the previously top-ranked Ducks, previous No. 2 Stanford, previous No. 3 Portland and previous No. 4 Boise State. This is the first time since Week 3 of 2012 that the Huskies have been ranked No. 1 in the West Region.

Oregon, however, fell four spots after finishing second in Seattle. The Ducks saw a great debut from freshman Katie Rainsberger (2nd place overall), but she was the only mallard in the top-10.

With Oregon falling so many spots, it pushed the Pilots up to No. 2 from No. 3. Portland was idle, yet the team is still flying high after its runaway victory at the Roy Griak Invitational two weeks ago.

In the South Region, Mississippi used a seventh-place team finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational to jump two spots to No. 1. The Rebels were led by Mary Alex England (32nd) and Shelby Brown (33rd), yet also had Emily Bean (35th) and Bo Ummels (36th) close by. Ole Miss took over the No. 1 spot formerly held by Vanderbilt, which fell all the way to No. 5 this week after finishing 18th at Notre Dame. This is the first time the Rebels have been the top-ranked team in the South Region in program history.

Finally, we shift our focus to the Mountain Region where Colorado overtook New Mexico. This past weekend, the Buffaloes debuted their top runners at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and impressed. Colorado went 1-2-3-4-5, led by Erin Clark who became just the third woman to run under 20 minutes on that 6K course (19:54). The Lady Lobos showcased a strong top-2 at Notre Dame, but little else. Alice Wright and Calli Thackery both finished in the top-5, yet New Mexico couldn’t put any runners close by and Joe Franklin’s team took fourth in the team standings.

Outside of those three new No. 1s, those new No. 2s are Minnesota (Midwest Region), Portland (West Region) and Yale (Northeast Region). The aforementioned Pilots aren’t the only team with a big victory to its credit. This past weekend at the Paul Short Run, the Bulldogs shocked both Georgetown and Penn on its way to a 92-119-127 win. The Gophers put strong back-to-back performances together at the Griak Invitational and Notre Dame to move up.

Be sure to look below for the full Regional Rankings.

The 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

Women’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 Michigan State 37-1 (7-0) Big Ten
1
2 Michigan 32-4 (3-1) Big Ten
2
3 Eastern Michigan 43-2 (4-0) Mid-American
4
4 Indiana 8-0 (5-0) Big Ten
8
5 Notre Dame 47-8 (12-1) ACC
3
6 Ohio State 53-12 (8-5) Big Ten
5
7 Butler 20-3 (0-2) Big East
7
8 Wisconsin 4-1 (-) Big Ten
6
9 Purdue 15-12 (4-3) Big Ten
11
10 Toledo 2-0 (2-0) Mid-American
10
11 Marquette 12-1 (6-1) Big East
9
12 Miami (Ohio) 15-1 (15-1) Mid-American
15
13 Dayton 18-7 (12-7) Atlantic 10
13
14 Central Michigan 9-29 (0-7) Mid-American
12
15 Oakland 20-3 (6-1) Horizon
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 38-2 (7-0) Big Ten
1
2 Georgetown 40-2 (17-1) Big East
2
3 Penn 35-3 (14-2) Ivy
3
4 West Virginia 36-7 (15-3) Big 12
6
5 Villanova 32-6 (12-4) Big East
4
6 Princeton 17-6 (9-1) Ivy
5
7 Bucknell 18-7 (8-1) Patriot
8
8 Pittsburgh 20-15 (3-1) ACC
7
9 Maryland 26-14 (14-4) Big Ten
10
10 Lehigh 29-18 (13-5) Patriot
NR
11 Duquesne 19-7 (1-1) Atlantic 10
12
12 Navy 14-37 (7-7) Patriot
11
13 George Washington 17-23 (9-9) Atlantic 10
NR
14 Towson 24-22 (9-7) Colonial
NR
15 UMBC 15-25 (8-10) America East
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 Oklahoma State 4-1 (2-1) Big 12
1
2 Minnesota 42-17 (13-0) Big Ten
3
3 Iowa State 20-14 (9-1) Big 12
4
4 Tulsa 5-0 (3-0) American
5
5 Kansas 1-2 (1-0) Big 12
2
6 Missouri 34-5 (6-0) SEC
6
7 Illinois 23-25 (17-7) Big Ten
12
8 Oklahoma 17-21 (7-3) Big 12
9
9 South Dakota 7-1 (7-1) Summit League
10
10 Northwestern 17-28 (8-11) Big Ten
11
11 Iowa 21-27 (15-9) Big Ten
13
12 Northern Illinois 28-20 (19-5) Mid-American
7
13 Bradley 29-0 (10-0) Missouri Valley
14
14 Wichita State 13-3 (3-1) Missouri Valley
8
15 Northern Iowa 20-5 (6-1) Missouri Valley
15
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 — (—) Pac-12
2
2 New Mexico 19-3 (3-0) Mountain West
1
3 BYU 12-0 (-) West Coast
3
4 Utah 25-6 (9-2) Pac-12
4
5 Air Force 12-10 (1-2) Mountain West
9
6 Weber State 13-17 (6-4) Big Sky
5
7 Colorado State 26-15 (4-0) Mountain West
6
8 Utah State 5-3 (4-3) Mountain West
8
9 Wyoming 24-18 (8-3) Mountain West
7
10 Northern Arizona 16-18 (2-2) Big Sky
10
11 Montana State 4-4 (3-4) Big Sky
11
12 Montana 3-5 (2-5) Big Sky
NR
13 Southern Utah 27-22 (1-3) Big Sky
12
14 UTEP 22-2 (2-0) Conference USA
15
15 Nevada — (—) Mountain West
13
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 33-0 (12-0) Big East
1
2 Yale 46-0 (20-0) Ivy
3
3 Syracuse 15-4 (2-0) ACC
2
4 Harvard 6-3 (0-1) Ivy
4
5 Cornell 33-9 (14-2) Ivy
5
6 Dartmouth 39-8 (23-3) Ivy
7
7 Brown 39-10 (23-5) Ivy
8
8 Boston College 23-15 (13-4) ACC
9
9 UMass Lowell — (—) America East
10
10 Iona 31-14 (15-7) Metro Atlantic
NR
11 New Hampshire 8-4 (8-4) America East
11
12 Columbia 29-18 (14-10) Ivy
6
13 Buffalo 25-13 (9-6) Mid-American
14
14 Stony Brook 22-16 (9-8) America East
12
15 Holy Cross 21-25 (8-9) Patriot
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 19-6 (5-0) SEC
3
2 Mississippi State 45-12 (10-1) SEC
2
3 Florida 44-4 (13-0) SEC
5
4 Florida State 23-23 (6-9) ACC
6
5 Alabama 8-14 (1-2) SEC
4
6 Vanderbilt 26-19 (10-3) SEC
1
7 Lipscomb 27-10 (8-2) Atlantic Sun
7
8 Auburn 16-11 (6-4) SEC
9
9 Memphis 5-0 (3-0) American
11
10 Georgia 41-18 (7-4) SEC
8
11 Middle Tennessee 12-11 (5-5) Conference USA
10
12 Georgia Tech 18-22 (6-1) ACC
13
13 Jacksonville 11-1 (11-1) Atlantic Sun
14
14 Southern Miss 7-2 (2-1) Conference USA
15
15 UT Martin 5-18 (2-8) Ohio Valley
NR
REGION HISTORY HERE

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Overall (RAOR) Conference
Last Week
1 Arkansas 28-0 (8-0) SEC
1
2 SMU 11-1 (-) American
2
3 Baylor 32-8 (14-3) Big 12
5
4 Rice 16-1 (12-0) Conference USA
4
5 Texas 7-15 (1-1) Big 12
3
6 Texas A&M 11-25 (10-4) SEC
6
7 Stephen F. Austin 2-3 (1-0) Southland
7
8 Tulane 9-6 (5-0) American
8
9 TCU 26-8 (18-5) Big 12
10
10 UTRGV 9-9 (6-4) WAC
NR
11 North Texas 12-8 (8-3) Conference USA
9
12 LSU 12-8 (11-5) SEC
11
13 Lamar 7-7 (7-5) Southland
12
14 Houston 6-8 (6-6) American
13
15 UT Arlington 1-26 (0-3) Sun Belt
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 33-1 (13-0) ACC
1
2 Virginia 15-9 (11-5) ACC
2
3 William and Mary 11-4 (6-1) Colonial
3
4 Kentucky 11-3 (-) SEC
5
5 Eastern Kentucky 16-7 (4-1) Ohio Valley
12
6 Virginia Tech 7-0 (4-0) ACC
4
7 Coastal Carolina 10-5 (6-2) Sun Belt
7
8 Furman 27-11 (4-0) Southern
8
9 James Madison 29-11 (6-0) Colonial
10
10 Elon 2-0 (2-0) Colonial
9
11 Louisville 17-6 (5-0) ACC
11
12 North Carolina 14-20 (11-2) ACC
6
13 Clemson 8-30 (3-7) ACC
13
14 Duke 22-14 (0-1) ACC
14
15 Charlotte 6-9 (2-5) Conference USA
15
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 12-0 (10-0) Pac-12
5
2 Portland 36-4 (6-3) West Coast
3
3 Stanford 6-0 (5-0) Pac-12
2
4 Boise State 31-3 (4-1) Mountain West
4
5 Oregon 10-1 (7-1) Pac-12
1
6 San Francisco 29-5 (3-2) West Coast
6
7 UCLA 28-6 (2-3) Pac-12
7
8 Cal Poly 14-2 (12-1) Big West
9
9 California 20-17 (7-7) Pac-12
8
10 Arizona 24-10 (1-4) Pac-12
10
11 Arizona State 15-0 (13-0) Pac-12
11
12 Idaho 4-4 (4-2) Big Sky
14
13 UC Santa Barbara 12-4 (10-3) Big West
15
14 Washington State 6-6 (6-4) Pac-12
12
15 Loyola Marymount 13-4 (12-3) West Coast
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon, 2011: Washington