2017 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Region Rankings — Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – A big weekend on the cross country circuit has had major implications on the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

Strong performances at meets like the Greater Louisville Classic, the Joe Piane Invitational, the Sam Bell Invitational, the Paul Short Run, the Cowboy Jamboree and the Bill Dellinger Invitational shook up the rankings in most of the regions on the week.

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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

Michigan won the Sam Bell Invitational, thanks to a second-place finish from Jamie Morriseey (20:36), to remain in first place in the Great Lakes Region. However, there was a lot of movement below the Wolverines.

Indiana (second), Wisconsin (third) and Ohio State (fourth) all advanced a spot in the rankings after impressive outings at the Sam Bell Invitational, the Greater Louisville Classic and the Joe Piane Invitational, respectively. Eastern Michigan moved to fifth from seventh after finishing just behind Ohio State at Notre Dame.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Villanova became the lone women’s team on the week to dethrone the top-team after placing second at the Paul Short Gold race. Nicole Hutchinson led the Wildcats with a second-place finish (19:47.7) at Lehigh. Penn State saw themselves outside of first place for the first time since the fourth week of the 2015 campaign after finishing as the runner-up at the Cowboy Jamboree.

Georgetown and West Virginia remained in third and fourth, respectively, while Princeton leapt to fifth after a fifth-place finish at the Paul Short Gold.

Midwest Region

The Cowboy Jamboree played a big role in the reshaping of the Midwest Region this week. Missouri made a push back into the top-three in the Midwest Region after defeating Oklahoma State at the Cowboy Jamboree. Karissa Schweizer won the meet with a time of 19:56.5. Northwestern also moved into fifth for the first time since the third week of the 2013 campaign after finishing just behind OSU at the meet.

Minnesota held down the second spot in the region after placing fourth at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic. Bethany Hasz (16:46.7 – sixth), Madeline Strandemo (16:47.7 – seventh) and Megan Hasz (16:48.9 – eighth) all finished within the top-10 for the Golden Gophers.

Iowa State, the leader in the region, was idle this past weekend.

Mountain Region

The top-five in the Mountain Region went unchanged, despite all five teams competing. Colorado picked up a victory at the Joe Piane Invitational after Dani Jones placed third for the Buffaloes. New Mexico, who was the runner-up to Colorado at Notre Dame, remained in second place thanks to first and second place finishes from Ednah Kurgat and Alice Wright, respectively.

Utah State, BYU and Utah rounded out the top-five.

Northeast Region

The Northeast Region saw very little movement after seven of the top-nine teams were idle on the week. The lone change in the top-10 came in 10th place, where Connecticut moved up from 12th after a nice outing at the Paul Short Gold.

Providence, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth and Cornell owned the top-five spots in the region in that order.

South Region

Ole Miss picked up a victory at the Cowboy Jamboree to hold down the top spot in the South Region, and it’s probably a good thing it did seeing what the rest of the top-five in region accomplished to shake things up on the week.

Georgia moved up from sixth to second after a third-place finish at the Paul Short Gold. The Bulldogs regional ranking is the highest in program history. Florida State moved up one spot to a season-best third after an 11th-place finish at a highly competitive Joe Piane Invitational. And last, but not least, Samford moved up an astounding seven spots to fourth after a solid showing at the Cross Country Classic.

Vanderbilt dropped from second to fifth, while Auburn – who was unranked a week ago – moved into sixth after a surprisingly strong outing at the Cross Country Classic.

South Central Region

Arkansas won its own Chile Pepper Festival to remain in first place in the South Central Region, while also sending runners to the Joe Piane Invitational. Baylor also stayed in second after finishing 10th at Notre Dame.

Texas jumped SMU for third place after beating Notre Dame at its own meet, while Texas A&M held down fifth place after an idle weekend.

Southeast Region

N.C. State and Furman each placed third at the Joe Piane Invitational and the Cross Country Classic, respectively, helping the two hold down the top-two spots in the Southeast Region once again.

Eastern Kentucky moved up to fourth after finishing sixth at the Cross Country Classic behind a second-place finish from Charlotte Imer (16:36.1). Virginia, although idle, also moved up one spot in th rankings to third, while Louisville slipped to fifth.

West Region

Much like the Northeast Region, the West Region went largely unchanged, with the top-nine spots holding down the fort. Oregon and Stanford went 1-2 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, and remain in first and second, respectively, in the region. Oregon State was the only new team in the top-10 on the week, moving into 10th after finishing sixth at the same meet.

Washington (fourth) placed fourth at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, while Boise State (fifth) picked up a big win at the Cross Country Classic thanks to a victory by Allie Ostrander (16:28.2).

An idle San Francisco stayed put in third place.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 4 — October 2

national poll release: October 3
next regional release: October 16
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Michigan   Big Ten
1
2 Indiana   Big Ten
3
3 Wisconsin   Big Ten
4
4 Ohio State   Big Ten
5
5 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
7
6 Michigan State   Big Ten
6
7 Notre Dame   ACC
2
8 Dayton   Atlantic 10
8
9 Toledo   Mid-American
9
10 Purdue   Big Ten
12
11 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
11
12 Xavier   Big East
10
13 Marquette   Big East
14
14 Bowling Green   Mid-American
NR
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
Last Week
1 Villanova   Big East
2
2 Penn State   Big Ten
1
3 Georgetown   Big East
3
4 West Virginia   Big 12
4
5 Princeton   Ivy
6
6 Penn   Ivy
7
7 Pittsburgh   ACC
5
8 Temple   American
10
9 Lehigh   Patriot
9
10 Bucknell   Patriot
8
11 Maryland   Big Ten
13
12 Navy   Patriot
11
13 American   Patriot
NR
14 La Salle   Atlantic 10
14
15 Rutgers   Big Ten
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Penn State, 2015: Penn State, 2014: Georgetown, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Penn State
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Iowa State   Big 12
1
2 Minnesota   Big Ten
2
3 Missouri   SEC
4
4 Oklahoma State   Big 12
3
5 Northwestern   Big Ten
6
6 Tulsa   American
9
7 Oklahoma   Big 12
7
8 South Dakota   Summit League
8
9 Kansas State   Big 12
NR
10 Northern Illinois   Mid-American
10
11 Bradley   Missouri Valley
13
12 Northern Iowa   Missouri Valley
14
13 Loyola-Chicago   Missouri Valley
NR
14 Illinois State   Missouri Valley
NR
15 South Dakota State   Summit League
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
Last Week
1 Colorado   Pac-12
1
2 New Mexico   Mountain West
2
3 Utah State   Mountain West
3
4 BYU   West Coast
4
5 Utah   Pac-12
5
6 Air Force   Mountain West
7
7 Colorado State   Mountain West
6
8 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
11
9 Montana State   Big Sky
8
10 Nevada   Mountain West
9
11 Montana   Big Sky
15
12 UTEP   Conference USA
12
13 Weber State   Big Sky
10
14 Wyoming   Mountain West
14
15 Utah Valley   WAC
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Colorado, 2015: New Mexico, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Colorado, 2012: Weber State
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Providence   Big East
1
2 Yale   Ivy
2
3 Columbia   Ivy
3
4 Dartmouth   Ivy
4
5 Cornell   Ivy
5
6 Syracuse   ACC
6
7 New Hampshire   America East
7
8 Brown   Ivy
8
9 Harvard   Ivy
9
10 Connecticut   American
12
11 Iona   Metro Atlantic
10
12 Boston College   ACC
11
13 Buffalo   Mid-American
13
14 Army West Point   Patriot
NR
15 UMass Lowell   America East
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: Providence, 2015: Providence, 2014: Iona, 2013: Providence, 2012: Providence
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Ole Miss   SEC
1
2 Georgia   SEC
6
3 Florida State   ACC
4
4 Samford   Southern
11
5 Vanderbilt   SEC
2
6 Auburn   SEC
NR
7 Alabama   SEC
5
8 Georgia Tech   ACC
10
9 Mississippi State   SEC
3
10 Southern Miss   Conference USA
8
11 Florida   SEC
9
12 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
7
13 UAB   Conference USA
12
14 Middle Tennessee   Conference USA
14
15 Belmont   Ohio Valley
13
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2016: Mississippi State, 2015: Vanderbilt, 2014: Vanderbilt, 2013: Florida State, 2012: Florida State

         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Arkansas   SEC
1
2 Baylor   Big 12
2
3 Texas   Big 12
4
4 SMU   American
3
5 Texas A&M   SEC
5
6 Abilene Christian   Southland
6
7 Lamar   Southland
7
8 TCU   Big 12
8
9 Rice   Conference USA
9
10 Tulane   American
11
11 Stephen F. Austin   Southland
10
12 McNeese State   Southland
13
13 Texas State   Sun Belt
NR
14 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi   Southland
14
15 LSU   SEC
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
Last Week
1 NC State   ACC
1
2 Furman   Southern
2
3 Virginia   ACC
4
4 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
5
5 Louisville   ACC
3
6 Kentucky   SEC
7
7 Virginia Tech   ACC
10
8 Duke   ACC
11
9 William and Mary   Colonial
9
10 North Carolina   ACC
8
11 Wake Forest   ACC
6
12 Richmond   Atlantic 10
14
13 James Madison   Colonial
12
14 Davidson   Atlantic 10
13
15 High Point   Big South
15
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions: 2016: NC State, 2015: Virginia, 2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia, 2012: Duke
         
WEST Region
Rank School
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
8
9 Arizona State   Pac-12
9
10 Oregon State   Pac-12
12
11 UCLA   Pac-12
10
12 Cal Poly   Big West
11
13 UC Santa Barbara   Big West
14
14 Idaho   Big Sky
13
15 Washington State   Pac-12
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
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