Region Champs Among Good Company In Final NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll

Region Champs Among Good Company In Final NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll

NEW ORLEANS — Right now in NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country, there’s Colorado and then there is everybody else.

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It was that way for Michigan State in 2014, Villanova in 2010, Washington in 2008 and Stanford in 2007, 2006 and 2004.

What do all of those teams have in common? They were all unanimous No. 1 selections in the Pre-Championship Edition of the National Coaches’ Polls.

The Buffs — who were ranked No. 1 in the most recent poll that was released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) — are in good company, too. Five of those six unanimous No. 1 teams won national titles at NCAAs, with the lone exception being the Cardinal in 2004.

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If you watched Colorado at all in its past two races — especially this past weekend at the Mountain Region Championships — there is little reason to doubt a third crown won’t be going back to Boulder on Saturday.

It was in Logan, Utah where the Buffs demolished a field with four other teams that were ranked in the Week 6 poll. Colorado put six runners in the top-12 (4-6-7-8-10-12) and scored the second fewest points in the past 12 years of the meet (35).

The Buffs are one of seven regional champs in the top-10 of this week’s poll.

No. 2 NC State notched an equally as dominant victory in the Southeast Region as it won by 110 points and packed up well behind individual runner-up Erika Kemp.

No. 3 Providence held off a game challenge from No. 17 Harvard in the Northeast Region as depth issues continue to rear their ugly heads.

No. 4 Stanford, led by a trio of talented freshmen, won its first West Region crown since 2007 after dispatching now-No. 7 Washington 71-88.

No. 5 Michigan won its fifth Great Lakes Region title in the past six years behind another individual victory by Erin Finn, who is the odds-on favorite at NCAAs.

No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Arkansas both continued their strong seasons with titles in the Mid-Atlantic Region and South Central Region, respectively. The Razorbacks fell two spots in the poll from Week 6 to Week 7, however.

Well, that’s seven of the nine region winners. What about the other two?

Midwest Region champ Missouri toppled both Iowa State and Oklahoma State and was rewarded for its effort. The Karissa Schweizer-led Tigers went from receiving votes in Week 6 to No. 13 in Week 7. This is Missouri’s best billing in the poll since it was No. 9 in 2004 under former head coach Rebecca Wilmes.

South Region champ Mississippi State trumped Ole Miss in Tallahassee, Florida and leapfrogged its rival. The Bulldogs return to the poll for the first time since Week 5 and are ranked No. 19.

Some other movers and shakers in the Pre-Championship Edition were San Francisco (No. 16 to No. 10), Air Force (No. 29 to No. 20) and Wisconsin (NR to No. 25).

We’ll see all of those teams — and many more — at the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday.

Be sure to check back throughout this week as we preview NCAAs and bring you coverage from The Hooiser State.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #7 — November 14

Next poll: (none, NCAA Championships: November 19)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record^   Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (12) 360 71-0 (17-0)   Pac-12 (1) Mark Wetmore (22nd)
1
2 NC State 343 105-2 (25-2)   ACC (1) Laurie Henes (11th)
2
3 Providence 335 106-2 (27-2)   Big East (1) Ray Treacy (33rd)
3
4 Stanford 315 84-7 (11-7)   Pac-12 (3) Elizabeth DeBole (1st)
7
5 Michigan 314 143-7 (16-6)   Big Ten (1) Mike McGuire (25th)
5
6 New Mexico 291 74-7 (24-7)   Mountain West (1) Joe Franklin (10th)
6
7 Washington 285 85-2 (26-2)   Pac-12 (2) Greg Metcalf (15th)
4
8 Penn State 281 95-3 (13-3)   Big Ten (2) John Gondak (3rd)
9
9 Arkansas 278 95-4 (7-4)   SEC (1) Lance Harter (27th)
7
10 San Francisco 228 93-14 (16-13)   West Coast (3) Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)
16
11 Notre Dame 225 90-17 (13-17)   ACC (2) Matt Sparks (3rd)
14
12 Oregon 223 87-8 (12-8)   Pac-12 (4) Robert Johnson (5th)
11
13 Missouri 190 106-18 (3-13)   SEC (3) Marc Burns (3rd)
RV
14 Portland 188 112-7 (14-7)   West Coast (1) Ian Solof (15th)
10
15 Oklahoma State 169 59-5 (5-3)   Big 12 (2) Dave Smith (8th)
17
16 Iowa State 168 82-23 (13-14)   Big 12 (1) Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
12
17 Harvard 161 64-18 (6-17)   Ivy (1) Jason Saretsky (11th)
18
18 Villanova 139 85-19 (7-17)   Big East (2) Gina Procaccio (17th)
21
19 Mississippi State 127 116-23 (4-16)   SEC (4) Houston Franks (8th)
RV
20 Air Force 120 69-22 (2-21)   Mountain West (2) Ryan Cole (3rd)
29
21 Mississippi 111 76-9 (6-8)   SEC (2) Ryan Vanhoy (4th)
14
22 Michigan State 108 93-24 (9-21)   Big Ten (3) Walt Drenth (13th)
22
23 Baylor 102 82-17 (19-12)   Big 12 (5) Todd Harbour (17th)
25
24 Eastern Michigan 91 117-15 (10-13)   Mid-American (1) Sue Parks (11th)
13
25 Wisconsin 82 51-28 (2-24)   Big Ten (6) Mick Byrne (3rd)
NR
26 Yale 80 105-13 (11-13)   Ivy (2) Amy Gosztyla (6th)
23
27 Utah 77 72-18 (17-18)   Pac-12 (5) Kyle Kepler (12th)
20
28 BYU 75 58-14 (9-14)   West Coast (2) Diljeet Taylor (1st)
18
29 Penn 60 82-20 (7-18)   Ivy (3) Steve Dolan (5th)
24
30 UCLA 28 80-29 (8-28)   Pac-12 (7) Mike Maynard (5th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Louisville 15, West Virginia 7, Dartmouth 1, Kentucky 1
Dropped out: No. 26 Minnesota, No. 27 West Virginia, No. 27 California, No. 29 SMU
^ Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 4500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; records in () are results against ranked teams.
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking
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USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

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