2017 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings — Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – There’s been movement.

Unlike the NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, the top-five spots in a majority of the nine regions on the women’s side saw a changing of the guard after this past week’s batch of meets. Additionally, for the first time this year, a new team overtook the top spot in one of the regions.

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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.

Great Lakes  Region

Ohio State crept into the top-five in the Great Lakes Region after a superb showing at the Commodore Classic. The Buckeyes placed first out of 17 teams, with five runners finishing in the top-20, led by Lainey Studebaker at third (17:34.8).

Michigan, Notre Dame, Indiana and Wisconsin held down the top-four spots, respectively.

Mid-Atlantic Region

While the Nittany Lions of Penn State were idle, they remained atop the standings in the Mid-Atlantic Region. But that didn’t stop Villanova from making a bit of a push, as the Wildcats moved up to second following a strong showing at the Main Line Invitational. Nicole Hutchinson (16:20.5) won the competition that saw six other Wildcats finish within the top-10.

Georgetown slipped one spot to third, while West Virginia (fourth) and Pittsburgh (fifth) rounded out the top-five.

Midwest Region

There were major shifts within the top-five of this region, including Minnesota’s rise to the top. The Golden Gophers were joined by Iowa State and Oklahoma State in making moves up a spot. The kicker here is that all three aforementioned teams were idle.

Missouri, who sat in first a week ago, slipped to fourth after struggling at the Commodore Classic. Despite Karissa Schweizer (16:25.4) leading the field, the Tigers fell to Ohio State and Vanderbilt during the meet.

Mountain Region

There wasn’t a tremendous amount of movement in the Mountain Region, with just Utah State and BYU flip flopping spots. The Aggies put together an impressive performance to defeat the Cougars at their home meet, with Alyssa Snyder winning the three-mile race with a time of 16:28.0.

Colorado and New Mexico remained in the top-two spots, respectively. Montana State and Nevada both moved up four spots each to eighth and 10th, respectively. The ranking for the Wolfpack was the highest since the third week of the 2014 campaign, while the eighth-place ranking for Montana State returned to the top-10 for the first time since the fourth week of the 2015 season.

Northeast Region

Providence held down the top ranking in the Northeast Region, but the former second-place team tumbled a bit.

Harvard fell from second to sixth after finishing third at the Harvard/Yale/Princeton meet. Yale finished second, moving them to the runner-up spot in the regional rankings, while Syracuse, Columbia and Cornell all moved up one spot to round out the top-five.

South Region

After placing second at its own meet, the Commodore Classic, Vanderbilt jumped to second in the South Region rankings ahead of Mississippi State. The SEC claimed the top-three spots in the region once again, with Ole Miss leading the way after a nice finish at the Rebel Invite.

Florida State rose to fourth after winning the VT Alumni Invitational, with Militsa Mircheva, Jodie Judd and Megan Mooney finishing 1-2-3 in a field of 116. Alabama fell one spot to fifth.

South Central Region

Move along. Nothing to see here.

The entire top-15 of the South Central Region remained intact from a week ago, with Arkansas atop the leaderboard after posting a victory at the UCR Invitational. Following the Razorbacks in the rankings were Baylor, SMU, Texas and Abilene Christian.

Southeast Region

Another region with not a lot changing from last week to now, the Southeast Region only saw shuffling at the bottom of the top-10.

NC State, Furman, Louisville, Eastern Kentucky and Wake Forest were in the top-five spots once again. However, North Carolina made things a little interesting with a three-spot jump to seventh after winning the Mountains to the Sea Open. Morgan Ilse won the meet with time of 17:13.61 in what was her season debut.

West Region

With a majority of the West Region sitting idle, so did the rankings. Oregon held down the fort at the top of the polls, while Stanford came in at second. San Francisco, Washington and Boise State rounded out the top-five. Of the aforementioned teams, only Stanford and Washington competed this past week.

Arizona leaped to eighth after coming in at 10th a week ago. The Wildcats scored a five point victory over Arizona State, who slipped from eighth to 10th, at the Dave Murray Invite.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 2 — September 18

national poll release: September 19
next regional release: September 25
 
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan   Big Ten
1
2 Notre Dame   ACC
2
3 Indiana   Big Ten
3
4 Wisconsin   Big Ten
4
5 Ohio State   Big Ten
6
6 Michigan State   Big Ten
5
7 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
7
8 Toledo   Mid-American
10
9 Dayton   Atlantic 10
NR
10 Xavier   Big East
NR
11 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
12
12 Purdue   Big Ten
8
13 Indiana State   Missouri Valley
13
14 Marquette   Big East
11
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 Villanova   Big East
3
3 Georgetown   Big East
2
4 West Virginia   Big 12
4
5 Pittsburgh   ACC
5
6 Princeton   Ivy
7
7 Penn   Ivy
6
8 Lehigh   Patriot
8
9 Bucknell   Patriot
9
10 Temple   American
10
11 Navy   Patriot
11
12 George Washington   Atlantic 10
12
13 Maryland   Big Ten
13
14 La Salle   Atlantic 10
14
15 Duquesne   Atlantic 10
15
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 Minnesota   Big Ten
2
2 Iowa State   Big 12
3
3 Oklahoma State   Big 12
4
4 Missouri   SEC
1
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
9
10 Tulsa   American
10
11 South Dakota   Summit League
11
12 Iowa   Big Ten
12
13 Bradley   Missouri Valley
13
14 Northern Iowa   Missouri Valley
14
15 Eastern Illinois   Ohio Valley
15
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 Utah State   Mountain West
4
4 BYU   West Coast
3
5 Utah   Pac-12
5
6 Colorado State   Mountain West
6
7 Air Force   Mountain West
7
8 Montana State   Big Sky
12
9 Weber State   Big Sky
10
10 Nevada   Mountain West
14
11 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
8
12 UTEP   Conference USA
11
13 Wyoming   Mountain West
13
14 Utah Valley   WAC
15
15 Montana   Big Sky
9
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 Yale   Ivy
3
3 Syracuse   ACC
4
4 Columbia   Ivy
5
5 Cornell   Ivy
6
6 Harvard   Ivy
2
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 Connecticut   American
15
13 Buffalo   Mid-American
12
14 Vermont   America East
13
15 Albany   America East
14
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 Vanderbilt   SEC
3
3 Mississippi State   SEC
2
4 Florida State   ACC
5
5 Alabama   SEC
4
6 Georgia   SEC
6
7 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
7
8 Florida   SEC
8
9 Southern Miss   Conference USA
11
10 Georgia Tech   ACC
10
11 Samford   Southern
9
12 UAB   Conference USA
12
13 Belmont   Ohio Valley
13
14 North Florida   Atlantic Sun
14
15 Middle Tennessee   Conference USA
NR
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
2
3 SMU   American
3
4 Texas   Big 12
4
5 Abilene Christian   Southland
5
6 Texas A&M   SEC
6
7 Rice   Conference USA
7
8 TCU   Big 12
8
9 Stephen F. Austin   Southland
9
10 Tulane   American
10
11 North Texas   Conference USA
11
12 Incarnate Word   Southland
12
13 Lamar   Southland
13
14 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi   Southland
14
15 UTRGV   WAC
15
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
2
3 Louisville   ACC
3
4 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
4
5 Wake Forest   ACC
5
6 Kentucky   SEC
6
7 North Carolina   ACC
10
8 William and Mary   Colonial
7
9 Virginia Tech   ACC
8
10 Virginia   ACC
9
11 Duke   ACC
15
12 James Madison   Colonial
11
13 Davidson   Atlantic 10
NR
14 Richmond   Atlantic 10
NR
15 Clemson   ACC
13
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
7
8 Arizona   Pac-12
10
9 Arizona State   Pac-12
8
10 UCLA   Pac-12
9
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 UC Riverside   Big West
NR
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