2017 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings — Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Three NCAA Division I women’s cross country regions saw shuffling at the top of the rankings, including one region that had a program make its first appearance in the top spot in the past seven years.

The newest batch of NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday comes on the heels of a weekend that featured races with huge implications. Many of the team that moved either up or down in the rankings this week competed at the NCAA Division I Pre-Nationals meet, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational or the Penn State National Open.

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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

The Wolverines of Michigan continued to hold down the top spot in the Great Lakes Region, as they have done all season long after a sixth-place finish at the Pre-National meet, but Wisconsin gained some ground. The Badgers placed ninth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational that allowed them to move into second place for the first time since week four of the 2015 campaign.

Michigan State jumped three spots to third after placing 11th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, while Eastern Michigan rose one spot in the rankings to fourth.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Penn State reclaimed the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region after winning the Penn State National Open. Jillan Hunsburger and Kathryn Munks finished 2-3 at the meet, besting Villanova, who slipped to second in the region. Last week was the first time in the last 14 polls that the Nittany Lions were not first.

A fourth-place finish by Princeton in State College, Pennsylvania gave the Tigers it needed to jump two spots in the rankings to third.

Midwest Region

Like Penn State, Minnesota recaptured the lead in the Midwest Region after sitting in second the last two weeks. The Golden Gophers used a 10th-place finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational to vault over Iowa State, who finished 13th at the same competition.

Oklahoma State and Northwestern also saw one-spot increases in their rankings. OSU placed sixth at the Penn State National Open, while the Wildcats bested Missouri – who sits fifth in the region – by 100 points at the Pre-National meet.

Mountain Region

The Mountain Region went relatively unscathed on the week. Colorado held down the top spot after a second-place finish at the Pre-National Meet that saw Dani Jones place third with a time of 19:32.8.

New Mexico held down second place after winning the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. Ednah Kurgat captured the individual title at that meet with a time of 19:23.2, while two other Lobos finished within the top-10. Utah State finished fourth at the Pre-National Meet to hold onto their third-place ranking in the region.

BYU remained in fourth place after finishing seventh at the Pre-National Meet, while Northern Arizona’s 10th-place finish at the same meet allowed them to rise three spots to fifth.

Northeast Region

Providence did just enough to continue to hold onto first in the Northeast Region after placing fifth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, but the rest of the region went through some shuffling.

A pair of Ivy League schools in Columbia and Dartmouth moved up one spot each to second and third, respectively, while an 18th-place finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational allowed Syracuse to move up two spots to fourth.

Yale slipped from second to fifth after finishing 20th in Wisconsin, while Cornell also fell one spot to sixth.

South Region

For the first time since at least 2010, Georgia sits in the top spot in the South Region thanks to a fifth-place finish at the Pre-National meet. Sisters Samantha and Jessica Drop finished 11th and 12th for the Bulldogs at the meet.

Ole Miss fell out of the top spot after a ninth-place finish at the Pre-National meet, marking the first time since week three of last year that the Rebels are not in the lead in the region. Florida State (third) and Vanderbilt (fifth) held down their respective spots in the region, while Georgia Tech used a four-spot push to move into fourth place after winning the Alabama Crimson Classic, with five runners in the top-19.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Baylor are 1-2 in the South Central Region again, with the Lady Razorbacks placing third at the Pre-National meet. Abilene Christian made a nice move into third after coming in sixth a week ago. ACU placed 18th at the Pre-National Meet.

SMU held down fourth-place in the region, while Texas slipped two spots to fifth.

Southeast Region

NC State used a huge performance at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational to remain in first place in the Southeast Region. The Wolfpack finished third, behind just New Mexico and San Francisco to keep them just ahead of Furman, who is second in the region once again.

Eastern Kentucky moved up one spot to third after an eighth-place finish at the Pre-National Meet, while Virginia Tech’s 11th-place finish at the same meet allowed them to jump three spots to fourth.

West Region

Oregon’s win at the Pre-National Meet enabled them to keep the top spot in the West Region. The Ducks got a fourth-place finish out of Katie Rainsberger and a seventh-place finish from Lilli Burdon.

San Francisco jumped up one spot to second in the region thanks to a runner-up finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. Charlotte Taylor paced the Dons with a third-place finish. Boise State also moved up in the rankings, jumping two spots to third after a fourth-place finish in Wisconsin. Allie Ostrander led the way for the Broncos over the weekend, placing ninth overall.  

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 5 — October 16

national poll release: October 17
next regional release: October 30
 
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan   Big Ten
1
2 Wisconsin   Big Ten
3
3 Michigan State   Big Ten
6
4 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
5
5 Indiana   Big Ten
2
6 Ohio State   Big Ten
4
7 Notre Dame   ACC
7
8 Toledo   Mid-American
9
9 Purdue   Big Ten
10
10 Dayton   Atlantic 10
8
11 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
11
12 Marquette   Big East
13
13 Xavier   Big East
12
14 Oakland   Horizon
NR
15 Ohio   Mid-American
NR
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
2
2 Villanova   Big East
1
3 Princeton   Ivy
5
4 Georgetown   Big East
3
5 West Virginia   Big 12
4
6 Pittsburgh   ACC
7
7 Penn   Ivy
6
8 Bucknell   Patriot
10
9 Navy   Patriot
12
10 Maryland   Big Ten
11
11 Lehigh   Patriot
9
12 Temple   American
8
13 La Salle   Atlantic 10
14
14 American   Patriot
13
15 Delaware   Colonial
NR
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
1
3 Oklahoma State   Big 12
4
4 Northwestern   Big Ten
5
5 Missouri   SEC
3
6 Tulsa   American
6
7 South Dakota   Summit League
8
8 Oklahoma   Big 12
7
9 Bradley   Missouri Valley
11
10 Northern Illinois   Mid-American
10
11 Loyola-Chicago   Missouri Valley
13
12 Northern Iowa   Missouri Valley
12
13 Iowa   Big Ten
NR
14 Kansas   Big 12
NR
15 Creighton   Big East
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 Utah State   Mountain West
3
4 BYU   West Coast
4
5 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
8
6 Utah   Pac-12
5
7 Air Force   Mountain West
6
8 Nevada   Mountain West
10
9 Colorado State   Mountain West
7
10 Montana State   Big Sky
9
11 Weber State   Big Sky
13
12 UTEP   Conference USA
12
13 Utah Valley   WAC
15
14 Southern Utah   Big Sky
NR
15 Wyoming   Mountain West
14
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 Columbia   Ivy
3
3 Dartmouth   Ivy
4
4 Syracuse   ACC
6
5 Yale   Ivy
2
6 Cornell   Ivy
5
7 Brown   Ivy
8
8 Connecticut   American
10
9 Iona   Metro Atlantic
11
10 New Hampshire   America East
7
11 Buffalo   Mid-American
13
12 Boston College   ACC
12
13 Harvard   Ivy
9
14 Army West Point   Patriot
14
15 Sacred Heart   Northeast
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 Georgia   SEC
2
2 Ole Miss   SEC
1
3 Florida State   ACC
3
4 Georgia Tech   ACC
8
5 Vanderbilt   SEC
5
6 Auburn   SEC
6
7 Mississippi State   SEC
9
8 Samford   Southern
4
9 Alabama   SEC
7
10 Belmont   Ohio Valley
15
11 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
12
12 Florida   SEC
11
13 North Florida   Atlantic Sun
NR
14 UAB   Conference USA
13
15 Southern Miss   Conference USA
10
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 Abilene Christian   Southland
6
4 SMU   American
4
5 Texas   Big 12
3
6 Texas A&M   SEC
5
7 Lamar   Southland
7
8 TCU   Big 12
8
9 Rice   Conference USA
9
10 Tulane   American
10
11 McNeese State   Southland
12
12 LSU   SEC
15
13 Stephen F. Austin   Southland
11
14 Texas State   Sun Belt
13
15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi   Southland
14
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 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
4
4 Virginia Tech   ACC
7
5 Louisville   ACC
5
6 Duke   ACC
8
7 Virginia   ACC
3
8 Wake Forest   ACC
11
9 Kentucky   SEC
6
10 James Madison   Colonial
13
11 North Carolina   ACC
10
12 William and Mary   Colonial
9
13 Davidson   Atlantic 10
14
14 Richmond   Atlantic 10
12
15 South Carolina   SEC
NR
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 San Francisco   West Coast
3
3 Boise State   Mountain West
5
4 Washington   Pac-12
4
5 Stanford   Pac-12
2
6 California   Pac-12
7
7 Arizona   Pac-12
8
8 Portland   West Coast
6
9 Arizona State   Pac-12
9
10 UCLA   Pac-12
11
11 Oregon State   Pac-12
10
12 Cal Poly   Big West
12
13 UC Santa Barbara   Big West
13
14 Idaho   Big Sky
14
15 Cal State Fullerton   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