2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Region Rankings – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – A busy weekend of racing barely shook up the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings.
The most recent rankings that were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) saw top-5 changes in just two of the nine regions.
For those who don’t know or need a refresher, the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each of the nine respective regions. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining team finishing order at the upcoming NCAA Division I Regional Cross Country Championships.
This year the NCAA Regional Championships will be held on Friday, November 10.
Great Lakes Region
Wisconsin and Indiana lead the way for the second week in a row, but Michigan State leapfrogged Eastern Michigan to take over the No. 3 spot. The Spartans cruised to an easy victory in the NCAA Division I portion of the Spartan Invitational this past weekend as they scored 18 points (Eastern Michigan finished fourth with 126 points).
Michigan rounds out the top-5.
No changes to the top-5 here.
Georgetown is No. 1, followed by No. 2 Navy, No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 Penn and No. 5 Penn State.
Temple joined the top-15 at No. 9 and pushed six other teams down the list.
The top-5 remains intact once again.
Oklahoma State leads the way at No. 1, while No. 2 Iowa State, No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Tulsa and No. 5 Minnesota trail.
Business is about to pick up but until it does, the top-5 will be the same.
Reigning national champ Northern Arizona is No. 1, followed by No. 2 Colorado, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Southern Utah and No. 5 Colorado State.
Columbia turned a strong performance at the Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions into a new spot in this week’s rankings.
The Lions toppled region foe Iona and national top-5 Arkansas at Van Cortlandt Park this past weekend. Columbia jumped from No. 3 to No. 2 and pushed Iona to No. 3 from No. 2.
Outside of that, not much changed as Syracuse is still No. 1, and Providence and Cornell are still No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
One week after taking over the top spot, Middle Tennessee State remains there. The Blue Raiders edged Butler at the Commodore Classic this past weekend.
Ole Miss sits second, Alabama third, Florida State fourth and Georgia Tech rounds out the top-5.
South Central Region
Nothing changed to the top-5 here.
Arkansas is still No. 1 after a controlled effort at the Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions.
Texas is No. 2, followed in order by No. 3 UT Arlington, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Baylor.
Furman is No. 1 for the third consecutive week, while Virginia does the same in second.
Settling in behind the Paladins and Cavaliers once again is Virginia Tech, NC State and Eastern Kentucky.
Four teams from the Pac-12 remain in the top-5 of the West Region.
Stanford is No. 1, Oregon is No. 2, Washington State is No. 3 and UCLA is No. 5.
Portland, out of the West Coast Conference, is the only outlier at No. 4.