Historical Look At 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships

If you’re curious to know the best historical finish by a team that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, as well as how many trips it has made in the past, you’re in luck.

We combed through the NCAA record books and put together two handy tables, which you can see by scrolling below. Teams are listed alphabetically.

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NOTE: These statistics are up to date through the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which were won by the Northern Arizona men and the Oregon women last November in Terre Haute, Indiana.

If you include tickets punched to Louisville, Kentucky this year, though, the men’s teams with the most trips to NCAAs — among qualified teams this year — are Arkansas and Colorado. The Razorbacks and Buffs will have each gone to NCAAs 46 times. Michigan State is a close second with 45.

The women’s team with the most trips to NCAAs would be NC State with 30. Three other teams are nearing the 30-bid mark, including Arkansas, BYU and Stanford.

There are eight men’s teams with multiple national championships in the field, compared to seven women’s teams. Arkansas has won the most men’s team titles with 11, while Villanova leads the women’s charge with nine.

Going by the most recent National Coaches’ Polls (MEN | WOMEN), the Furman men, Utah State men and a trio of women’s teams – Eastern Kentucky, Furman and Utah State – have the best chance to improve upon long droughts. The best finish for the Paladin men came back in 1965 when they were 12th and they enter NCAAs ranked seventh. The Colonels, Paladins and double Aggies have all never been to NCAAs, so their best finish would be, by default, their best in program history.

All of the action gets underway Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.

Best Finish By NCAA Team Qualifiers – Men

Team NCAA Trips Best Finish Year
Air Force 14 2nd 1967
Alabama 18 3rd 2009
Arkansas 45 1st 11 times
Boise State 5 8th 1996
BYU 33 2nd 1993
Colorado 45 1st 5 times
Colorado State 13 5th 1960
Furman 4 12th 1965
Iona 22 2nd 2 times
Iowa State 24 1st 2 times
Michigan 31 4th 2 times
Michigan State 44 1st 8 times
Middle Tennessee State 1 28th 2016
Navy 11 7th 2 times
NC State 28 3rd 1999
Northern Arizona 26 1st 2016
Oklahoma State 30 1st 4 times
Ole Miss 3 4th 2016
Oregon 41 1st 6 times
Portland 17 3rd 2014
Princeton 14 11th 2012
Southern Utah 4 21st 2 times
Stanford 25 1st 4 times
Syracuse 22 1st 2 times
Texas 34 3rd 1956
UCLA 12 5th 2 times
Utah State 0 None None
Virginia 15 5th 1984
Virginia Tech 6 4th 1987
Washington 14 4th 1989
Washington State 16 2nd 2 times

 

Best Finish By NCAA Team Qualifiers – Women

Team NCAA Trips Best Finish Year
Arkansas 29 2nd 4 times
Boise State 2 11th 2 times
BYU 29 1st 4 times
California 3 9th 1988
Colorado 26 1st 2 times
Columbia 6 11th 2012
Dartmouth 11 4th 1997
Eastern Kentucky 0 None None
Eastern Michigan 2 9th 2016
Furman 0 None None
Georgia 8 9th 1990
Indiana 8 6th 1988
Iowa State 14 2nd 2 times
Michigan 28 2nd 2 times
Michigan State 18 1st 2014
Minnesota 19 9th 2005
NC State 30 2nd 2 times
New Mexico 11 1st 2015
Oklahoma State 10 5th 1989
Ole Miss 1 23rd 2016
Oregon 28 1st 4 times
Penn State 20 6th 2 times
Providence 27 1st 2 times
San Francisco 4 6th 2016
Stanford 29 1st 5 times
Syracuse 7 10th 2010
Texas 14 1st 1986
Utah State 0 None None
Villanova 28 1st 9 times
Washington 23 1st 2008
Wisconsin 27 1st 2 times
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