2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Women’s Region Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – It looks like those NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Preseason Regional Rankings were pretty accurate.

With two weekends in the books on the cross country circuit, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of jockeying in the nine NCAA Division I regions on the women’s side of the rankings. All nine programs that held down the top regional spots in the preseason poll remained put, while there were minor shifts in the rankings below them.

REGIONAL RANKINGS – SUMMARY PDF

REGIONAL RANKINGS – All-Time Week By Week

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.

Great Lakes Region

Michigan won the Indiana State John McNichols Memorial this past weekend with Gena Sereno leading the pack, and opened the season on Sept. 1 with a convincing performance over Eastern Michigan at the 2017 Michigan Open. Notre Dame remained in second place after Annasophia Keller, Kaitlin Frei and Claudia Magnussen each finished in the top-10 at the 2017 Crusader Classic Invitational two weeks ago.

The big jump in the region came from Indiana, who moved up four spots to third. The Hoosiers won the meet over the likes of Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Miami (Ohio), and were led by Margaret Allen and Brenna Calder, who finished 2-3 in Bloomington.

Mid-Atlantic Region

The Nittany Lions of Penn State have competed twice on the young season already, winning both the Lock Haven Dolan Duels and the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, with Jillian Hunsberger pacing the field in both meets.

Georgetown climbed one spot to second after putting three runners in the top-10 at the aforementioned Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, knocking Villanova –who has yet to race –  down to third.

Midwest Region

Missouri and Minnesota remained in the top-two spots, despite not running their top athletes over the last few weeks. The lone shift in the top-five in the region was caused by Iowa State, who jumped Oklahoma State, for third. Led by Cailie Logue, the Cyclones swept the Hawkeye Invitational to open the 2017 campaign.

Mountain Region

Colorado, New Mexico and BYU are still in the top-three spots, despite the latter of the trio having yet to make its season debut. However, there was a change in the bottom of the top-five in the region, as Utah State overtook fourth-place from in-state rival Utah. Alyssa Snyder and Tavia Dutson went 1-2 at the Utah State Invitational to lead the Aggies to a victory over the Utes on Sept. 2.

Northeast Region

Without five of their top eight runners, Providence remained in first after a second-place finish at the Bryant Invitational. Harvard and Yale round out the top-three in the region.

Syracuse and Columbia each moved up a spot from a week ago to fourth and fifth, respectively. The Orange defeated West Virginia and put up tough fights with Penn State and Georgetown at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, while Columbia defeated Cornell at the Columbia Invitational.

South Region

The top-10 in the South Region went unscathed, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Florida State holding down the top-five spots for the second-consecutive week. North Florida jumped into the rankings at 14 after defeating Jacksonville  at the North Florida Invitational. UT Martin slipped to 15th.

South Central Region

The South Central Region was the lone region that saw a decent shakeup in the top-five. While Arkansas stayed in first place, Baylor and SMU each moved up two spots to second and third, respectively, after strong showings at the Bear Twilight.

Texas fell one spot to fourth after placing second at the Texas A&M Opener, while Abilene Christian dropped to fifth.

Southeast Region

N.C. State (No. 1) remained idle, but Furman gained ground in the top-five after a strong showing by Allie Buchalski and Gabrielle Jennings, among others, at the Furman XC Classic this past weekend. The Paladins moved up to second, knocking Louisville down to third.

Eastern Kentucky made a two-spot jump to fourth after defeating Kentucky, and others, at the 2017 Kentucky Bluegrass Invitational. Wake Forest remained in fifth on the week.

West Region

Many of the teams in this region were affected by the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon (No. 1), Boise State (No. 5), Portland (No. 6) and Oregon State (No. 12) did not compete as scheduled last weekend.

Stanford, who has yet to compete on the season, remained in second, while San Francisco and Washington held down the third and fourth spots, respectively.  

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 1 — September 11

national poll release: September 12
next regional release: September 18
 
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan   Big Ten
1
2 Notre Dame   ACC
2
3 Indiana   Big Ten
7
4 Wisconsin   Big Ten
3
5 Michigan State   Big Ten
4
6 Ohio State   Big Ten
6
7 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
5
8 Purdue   Big Ten
8
9 Butler   Big East
9
10 Toledo   Mid-American
11
11 Marquette   Big East
13
12 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
10
13 Indiana State   Missouri Valley
14
14 Bowling Green   Mid-American
12
15 Central Michigan   Mid-American
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Michigan, 2015: Michigan, 2014: Michigan State, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Michigan
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Penn State   Big Ten
1
2 Georgetown   Big East
3
3 Villanova   Big East
2
4 West Virginia   Big 12
4
5 Pittsburgh   ACC
5
6 Penn   Ivy
6
7 Princeton   Ivy
7
8 Lehigh   Patriot
8
9 Bucknell   Patriot
9
10 Temple   American
15
11 Navy   Patriot
14
12 George Washington   Atlantic 10
11
13 Maryland   Big Ten
NR
14 La Salle   Atlantic 10
12
15 Duquesne   Atlantic 10
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Penn State, 2015: Penn State, 2014: Georgetown, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Missouri   SEC
1
2 Minnesota   Big Ten
2
3 Iowa State   Big 12
4
4 Oklahoma State   Big 12
3
5 Kansas   Big 12
5
6 Northwestern   Big Ten
6
7 Oklahoma   Big 12
7
8 Northern Illinois   Mid-American
8
9 Illinois   Big Ten
12
10 Tulsa   American
10
11 South Dakota   Summit League
11
12 Iowa   Big Ten
NR
13 Bradley   Missouri Valley
9
14 Northern Iowa   Missouri Valley
13
15 Eastern Illinois   Ohio Valley
NR
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
Last Week
1 Colorado   Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico   Mountain West
2
3 BYU   West Coast
3
4 Utah State   Mountain West
5
5 Utah   Pac-12
4
6 Colorado State   Mountain West
7
7 Air Force   Mountain West
6
8 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
8
9 Montana   Big Sky
9
10 Weber State   Big Sky
14
11 UTEP   Conference USA
13
12 Montana State   Big Sky
11
13 Wyoming   Mountain West
15
14 Nevada   Mountain West
12
15 Utah Valley   WAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Colorado, 2015: New Mexico, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Providence   Big East
1
2 Harvard   Ivy
2
3 Yale   Ivy
3
4 Syracuse   ACC
5
5 Columbia   Ivy
6
6 Cornell   Ivy
4
7 Brown   Ivy
7
8 New Hampshire   America East
8
9 Dartmouth   Ivy
9
10 Iona   Metro Atlantic
10
11 Boston College   ACC
11
12 Buffalo   Mid-American
12
13 Vermont   America East
NR
14 Albany   America East
NR
15 Connecticut   American
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Providence, 2015: Providence, 2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Ole Miss   SEC
1
2 Mississippi State   SEC
2
3 Vanderbilt   SEC
3
4 Alabama   SEC
4
5 Florida State   ACC
5
6 Georgia   SEC
6
7 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
7
8 Florida   SEC
8
9 Samford   Southern
9
10 Georgia Tech   ACC
10
11 Southern Miss   Conference USA
11
12 UAB   Conference USA
12
13 Belmont   Ohio Valley
15
14 North Florida   Atlantic Sun
NR
15 UT Martin   Ohio Valley
14
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
Last Week
1 Arkansas   SEC
1
2 Baylor   Big 12
4
3 SMU   American
5
4 Texas   Big 12
3
5 Abilene Christian   Southland
2
6 Texas A&M   SEC
8
7 Rice   Conference USA
7
8 TCU   Big 12
6
9 Stephen F. Austin   Southland
9
10 Tulane   American
10
11 North Texas   Conference USA
13
12 Incarnate Word   Southland
15
13 Lamar   Southland
14
14 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi   Southland
NR
15 UTRGV   WAC
11
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
Last Week
1 NC State   ACC
1
2 Furman   Southern
3
3 Louisville   ACC
2
4 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
6
5 Wake Forest   ACC
5
6 Kentucky   SEC
4
7 William and Mary   Colonial
7
8 Virginia Tech   ACC
8
9 Virginia   ACC
9
10 North Carolina   ACC
10
11 James Madison   Colonial
11
12 Elon   Colonial
12
13 Clemson   ACC
13
14 Coastal Carolina   Sun Belt
14
15 Duke   ACC
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: NC State, 2015: Virginia, 2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke
         
WEST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Oregon   Pac-12
1
2 Stanford   Pac-12
2
3 San Francisco   West Coast
3
4 Washington   Pac-12
4
5 Boise State   Mountain West
5
6 Portland   West Coast
6
7 California   Pac-12
8
8 Arizona State   Pac-12
9
9 UCLA   Pac-12
7
10 Arizona   Pac-12
10
11 Cal Poly   Big West
11
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

 

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
Week 4Mon 10/2
Tue 10/3
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
Tue 10/17
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
Tue 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

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