2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Women’s Region Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

With the new season starting it up, it’s time to check out the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings.

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For those who don’t know, the 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.

This year the NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held across the nation on Friday, November 10.

Great Lakes Region

Consistency and continuity is the buzzword here.

The top-3 teams – Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin – all return six of their top-7 and remain in the same place they finished the 2016 season: first, second and third.

The Wolverines, who won the regional championship last year and finished a microscopic runner-up to Oregon at NCAAs, are No. 1. Michigan returns all but one of their top-7 runners from last year (Erin Finn) and welcome transfer Audrey Belf from Georgetown.

Anna Rohrer leads the second-ranked Irish, who also return five other runners from their top-7. Notre Dame will also have the services of Anna Sophia Keller, who finished 15th at NXN.

The Badgers have a solid 1-2-3 punch in Amy Davis, Sarah Disanza and Alicia Monson and get two runners back from redshirt in Jamie Shannon and Erin Wagner.

Michigan State and Eastern Michigan come in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Mid-Atlantic Region

There is very little reason to remove Penn State from the No. 1 spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region after back-to-back region titles.

The Nittany Lions had no turnover from last year and feature a potent 1-2-3 combination at the top of their lineup with Tessa Barrett, Jillian Hunsberger and Elizabeth Chikotas.

Villanova is ranked No. 2, followed by Georgetown and both return a strong number of runners from their top-7 and welcome a talented freshman class.

West Virginia is ranked No. 4 and Pittsburgh starts the season at No. 5.

Midwest Region

When you shocked the region last year, return most of your top athletes including the NCAA individual champion, how can you not be ranked No. 1? That’s a question we’re not going to have to answer as Karissa Schweizer and the Missouri Tigers are on top of the region.

Mizzou is a healthy No. 1, but has No. 2 Minnesota hot on its heels. Madeline Strandemo, who had a break-out junior campaign last year, will lead the Gophers.

No. 3 Oklahoma State lost Kaela Edwards, but returns four of its top-5 runners.

No. 4 Iowa State and No. 5 Kansas round out the top-5.

Mountain Region

This region is consistently loaded and 2017 is no different.

Three of the top-5 teams in this region finished in the top-10 of NCAAs last year.

No. 1 Colorado returns six of its top-7 runners from last year’s third-place team, led by Dani Jones and Kaitlyn Benner. Mackenzie Caldwell and Sage Hurta will assert themselves in the pack as well and Madison Boreman comes off redshirt following a fantastic year on the track that saw her place second in the steeplechase at NCAAs.

No. 2 New Mexico replenished its roster with key transfers. Alice Wright is the star of the team and will be joined by proven transfers Edna Kurgat (Liberty) and Charlotte Prouse (Washington). The Lady Lobos are two years removed from a dominant run to the NCAA XC team title.

Graduation hit No. 3 BYU hard and it’s looking for a few runners to step up. None of the returning Cougars finished higher than 71st at NCAAs, so there is room for growth.

No. 4 Utah and No. 5 Utah State are the final two teams in the top-5.

Northeast Region

Providence, the perennial power in this region, is No. 1 – and for good reason. The Friars have four of their top-5 back and return Catarina Rocha to the mix.

No. 2 Harvard lost its 1-2 punch at the top of its lineup due to graduation and transfer, but five of the top-7 return. The Crimson will also look to freshmen Abbe Goldstein and Aislinn Devlin to step up in their first year on campus.

No. 3 Yale made it to NCAAs last year as a team and hopes to continue to build on that success.

No. 4 Cornell and No. 5 Syracuse round out the top-5.

South Region

The SEC is all about speed.

You can say the same thing about the top of the South Region.

No. 1 Ole Miss headlines this region and has five women with PRs at 16:32 or faster over 5000 meters. The Rebels also added key freshmen who competed in the World Cross Country Championships, have a 10:19 PR in the steeplechase and ran 10:39 for two miles, among others.

Next up is No. 2 Mississippi State, which returns four of its top-7 runners from last year’s regional championship. The Bulldogs’ freshmen class boasts the reigning European Junior steeplechase champ and a Foot Locker finalist, among others.

No. 3 Vanderbilt rounds out the top-3 with No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Florida State close behind.

South Central Region

It’s Arkansas and everybody else once again in the South Central Region.

The top-ranked Razorbacks might have lost two of their top-7 runners, but return Devin Clark – who won the individual regional title last year – and Taylor Werner – who finished 11th at NCAAs.

Newcomer Abilene Christian is No. 2 and this is the first year the program is eligible to compete in the postseason. The Wildcats will be led by the twin duo of Alexandria Hackett and Michaela Hackett who both went sub-34 minutes over 10,000 meters at the UCLA Bob Larsen Invitational.

A trio of teams from the Lone Star State round out the top-5: No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 SMU.

Southeast Region

After a breakthrough 2016 season, NC State is ready for more this year.

The top-ranked Wolfpack return four of their top-5 runners from a team that finished fourth at NCAAs last year. Rachel Koon and Wesley Frazier both finished in the top-50 in Terre Haute.

No. 2 Louisville welcomes back all seven of its runners that have something to prove this year. The Cardinals finished dead-last at NCAAs (31st) and want to get that taste out of their mouths. A return trip to NCAAs would allow Louisville to run on its home course.

No. 3 Furman could find its way inside the top-35 when the polls come out tomorrow as it has six of its top-7 back and had a tremendous recruiting class.

As far as the remaining two teams in the top-5, those spots belong to Kentucky and Wake Forest.

West Region

Each year the West Region gets multiple teams into NCAAs.

This year should be no different as defending national champ and top-ranked Oregon, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 San Francisco, No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Boise State all have legitimate chances to make it to Louisville, Kentucky in November.

The Ducks lost their No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 scorers from NCAAs last year but return Katie Rainsberger (fourth), Allie Cash (14th) as well as a few solid transfers like Florida State’s Carmela Cardama-Baez and Harvard’s Jullie Pendergrast.

The Cardinal has all but one of its top-7 from NCAAs back and will add Harvard transfer Courtney Smith and touted prep standouts Jessica Lawson and Nevada Mareno.

The Dons have Charlotte Taylor, who was 10th at NCAAs last year and won the 10,000-meter title outdoors this past June. Taylor’s supporting cast only grows stronger.

The Huskies and Broncos will be headlined by Amy-Eloise Neale and Allie Ostrander, respectively, and their teammates are more than capable as well.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Preseason — August 28

2017 Preseason — August 28
next regional release: September 11
 
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Michigan   Big Ten
1
2 Notre Dame   ACC
2
3 Wisconsin   Big Ten
3
4 Michigan State   Big Ten
4
5 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
5
6 Ohio State   Big Ten
6
7 Indiana   Big Ten
9
8 Purdue   Big Ten
7
9 Butler   Big East
8
10 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
12
11 Toledo   Mid-American
11
12 Bowling Green   Mid-American
15
13 Marquette   Big East
10
14 Indiana State   Missouri Valley
16
15 Central Michigan   Mid-American
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Michigan, 2015: Michigan, 2014: Michigan State, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Penn State   Big Ten
1
2 Villanova   Big East
2
3 Georgetown   Big East
5
4 West Virginia   Big 12
4
5 Pittsburgh   ACC
7
6 Penn   Ivy
3
7 Princeton   Ivy
8
8 Lehigh   Patriot
11
9 Bucknell   Patriot
6
10 Duquesne   Atlantic 10
10
11 George Washington   Atlantic 10
15
12 La Salle   Atlantic 10
25
13 Delaware   Colonial
17
14 Navy   Patriot
13
15 Temple   American
19
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Penn State, 2015: Penn State, 2014: Georgetown, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Missouri   SEC
1
2 Minnesota   Big Ten
4
3 Oklahoma State   Big 12
2
4 Iowa State   Big 12
3
5 Kansas   Big 12
5
6 Northwestern   Big Ten
8
7 Oklahoma   Big 12
7
8 Northern Illinois   Mid-American
9
9 Bradley   Missouri Valley
15
10 Tulsa   American
6
11 South Dakota   Summit League
11
12 Illinois   Big Ten
14
13 Northern Iowa   Missouri Valley
10
14 Wichita State   American
12
15 South Dakota State   Summit League
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Missouri, 2015: Oklahoma State, 2014: Iowa State, 2013: Iowa State, 2012: Iowa State
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Colorado   Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico   Mountain West
2
3 BYU   West Coast
5
4 Utah   Pac-12
4
5 Utah State   Mountain West
8
6 Air Force   Mountain West
3
7 Colorado State   Mountain West
6
8 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
10
9 Montana   Big Sky
16
10 Southern Utah   Big Sky
12
11 Montana State   Big Sky
14
12 Nevada   Mountain West
13
13 UTEP   Conference USA
9
14 Weber State   Big Sky
7
15 Wyoming   Mountain West
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Colorado, 2015: New Mexico, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Providence   Big East
1
2 Harvard   Ivy
2
3 Yale   Ivy
3
4 Cornell   Ivy
5
5 Syracuse   ACC
8
6 Columbia   Ivy
6
7 Brown   Ivy
7
8 New Hampshire   America East
11
9 Dartmouth   Ivy
4
10 Iona   Metro Atlantic
9
11 Boston College   ACC
13
12 Buffalo   Mid-American
12
13 Northeastern   Colonial
17
14 UMass Lowell   America East
NR
15 Army West Point   Patriot
18
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Providence, 2015: Providence, 2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Ole Miss   SEC
2
2 Mississippi State   SEC
1
3 Vanderbilt   SEC
3
4 Alabama   SEC
4
5 Florida State   ACC
7
6 Georgia   SEC
5
7 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
9
8 Florida   SEC
6
9 Samford   Southern
8
10 Georgia Tech   ACC
13
11 Southern Miss   Conference USA
11
12 UAB   Conference USA
19
13 Jacksonville   Atlantic Sun
14
14 UT Martin   Ohio Valley
12
15 Belmont   Ohio Valley
17
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Mississippi State, 2015: Vanderbilt, 2014: Vanderbilt, 2013: Florida State, 2012: Florida State

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Arkansas   SEC
1
2 Abilene Christian   Southland
NR
3 Texas   Big 12
4
4 Baylor   Big 12
2
5 SMU   American
5
6 TCU   Big 12
6
7 Rice   Conference USA
3
8 Texas A&M   SEC
7
9 Stephen F. Austin   Southland
8
10 Tulane   American
9
11 UTRGV   WAC
10
12 Houston   American
11
13 North Texas   Conference USA
12
14 Lamar   Southland
14
15 Incarnate Word   Southland
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Arkansas, 2015: Arkansas, 2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Arkansas (Arkansas has won the last six region titles)
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 NC State   ACC
1
2 Louisville   ACC
2
3 Furman   Southern
4
4 Kentucky   SEC
3
5 Wake Forest   ACC
5
6 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
7
7 William and Mary   Colonial
9
8 Virginia Tech   ACC
8
9 Virginia   ACC
6
10 North Carolina   ACC
14
11 James Madison   Colonial
10
12 Elon   Colonial
11
13 Clemson   ACC
12
14 Coastal Carolina   Sun Belt
13
15 Duke   ACC
17
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: NC State, 2015: Virginia, 2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke
         
WEST Region
Rank School Conference
2016 FINAL
1 Oregon   Pac-12
4
2 Stanford   Pac-12
1
3 San Francisco   West Coast
3
4 Washington   Pac-12
2
5 Boise State   Mountain West
7
6 Portland   West Coast
5
7 UCLA   Pac-12
6
8 California   Pac-12
9
9 Arizona State   Pac-12
8
10 Arizona   Pac-12
11
11 Cal Poly   Big West
10
12 Oregon State   Pac-12
12
13 Idaho   Big Sky
13
14 UC Santa Barbara   Big West
14
15 Cal State Fullerton   Big West
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Stanford, 2015: Oregon, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Arizona, 2012: Oregon

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

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time