2018 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANSWhile there were some changes across the rankings from the preseason poll, every No. 1 team remained the same in Week One of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Rankings that were released on Monday.

The cross country season is starting to pick up as teams across the country continue to shake off any remaining rust and start to get prepared for the heart of their schedules.

See below for more information on the rankings, including overviews of each region as well as the full top-15 lists of each region at the bottom of the post. The top-two teams in each region automatically advance to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Week-by-Week Ranking Charts

REGIONAL RANKINGS
WOMEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years

The NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country on November 9 while the NCAA National Championships will take place Saturday, November 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

There was no change in the top-five of the Great Lakes region as many of the top teams have yet to run this season.

No. 1 Wisconsin is still waiting to get its season underway. The Badgers open with the Badger Open on September 14 which will serve as their first preview of the Zimmer Championship Course which hosts NCAAs in November.

No. 2 Michigan got its season started with a win in the Michigan Open and will look to keep the momentum going at the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, September 15. The meet will preview the site of the Big Ten Championships for Michigan.

No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Indiana and No. 5 Notre Dame all stay in their same placements from the preseason poll. Each team has had early season success with the Spartans winning the Jeff Drenth Memorial, the Hooisers taking the title at the Miami Opener and the Fighting Irish picking up a win at the Crusader Open. All three teams have yet to run their full squads.

Mid-Atlantic Region

No. 1 Penn State remained atop the region after an impressive win at the Spiked Shoe Invitational that included top-ranked teams from the Northeast Region in Syracuse and Cornell in the field. It was the second-straight victory for the Nittany Lions after the group opened its season with a win at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals.

The No. 2 spot remained with Villanova who still has yet to run this season. The Wildcat will get the year started with the Main Line Invitational on Friday, September 15.

The top-five was rounded out by No. 3 Georgetown, No. 4 Penn and No. 5 Princeton.

The Hoyas kept the third position with a third-place showing at the Spiked Shoe Invite. Penn jumped up from No. 7 to No. 4 after winning the Bison Open while Princeton dropped one from the preseason poll to the fifth position.

Midwest Region

No. 1 Iowa State remained atop the region after picking up a victory in the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Invitational on August 31.

Slotting it at No. 2 is Minnesota who also won its opening meet with a perfect showing at the Oz Memorial.

No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 South Dakota and No. 5 Northwest make up the region’s top-five.

Oklahoma State and Minnesota traded placed from the preseason poll while Northwestern improved two spots to move up to fifth, knocking Bradley out of the top-five.

Mountain Region

There was no change to the top teams in the Mountain Region as No. 1 New Mexico keeps the top spot after placing second to open the year at the Lobo Invitational. The defending NCAA National Champions did not run their full squad at the meet.

No. 2 belongs to Colorado who won the Wyoming Invite and showed what could be some great depth for the back end of their scoring roster early this season.

No. 3 Utah State, No. 4 BYU and No. 5 Colorado State all remained in the region’s top-five.

Utah State won its home meet while Colorado State placed third at the Wyoming Invite. BYU still has yet to run and will open its year with the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday, September 15.

Northeast Region

There was little change in the Northeast Region as Providence remained in the No. 1 spot after collecting a victory at the UNH Dual Meet.

Syracuse took the No. 2 spot after an impressive second-place showing at the Spiked Shoe Invitational, besting teams from Georgetown, Cornell and West Virginia in the process.

No. 3 stayed with Dartmouth after they collected a win at their home opening meet, the Southern Invite.

Cornell and Yale flip-flopped position from the preseason rankings with Cornell coming in at No. 4 while Yale took the No. 5 spot.

Southeast Region

Like other regions, there was no change to the top teams in the Southeast either.

NC State remained in the No. 1 spot as the Wolfpack still have yet to open their campaign. NC State takes to the course for its first action with the Adidas XC Challenge on Friday, September 14.

Furman stayed in No. 2 after it won its third-straight Eye Opener Invitational.

No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Wake Forest stayed in its positions to make up the region’s top-five.

South Region

There was some slight movement across the top in the South Region, even if the top units remained in their spots.

No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Florida State kept their positions as the top teams in the region.

The Bulldogs took second at the Bulldog Invitational without running its top squad while the Seminoles picked up a victory at the Covered Bridge Open.

The top-five saw its changes in Georgia Tech moving up one to the No. 3 spot after the Yellow Jacks won the Bulldog Invitational with a slight upset over Georgia who wasn’t running its full team.

Mississippi State dropped one spot to No. 4 while Tennessee entered the top-five for the first time this season at No. 5.

South Central Region

The No. 1 ranking in the region still belongs to Arkansas after the Razorbacks took third overall at the Hurricane Invitational.

Texas slots in at No. 2 after the Longhorns have collect two consecutive wins to open the season at the Texas and Rice Invitationals.

No. 3 belongs to SMU after the Mustangs won the team title at the Baylor Twilight Invitational.

Baylor comes in at No. 4 after placing second overall at the Baylor Twilight.

Jumping into the top-five is TCU who improved one spot to No. 5 after a third-place showing at the Baylor Twilight.

West Region

There were no change at all to the top teams in the West Region.

No. 1 is still Stanford who collected a win at the USF Invite to open the year.

Slotted in at No. 2 is Oregon who took second at the Oregon Preview despite not running its top lineup.

The top-five is rounded out by No. 3 Boise State, No. 4 Washington and No. 5 California.

Boise State has been impressive to start the year with an opening victory at the Sundodger Invitational.

Washington took third at the Sundodger while Cal finished in third at the USF Invitational.

NCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA Regional Coaches' Rankings

2018 Week #1 - September 10th

Great Lakes Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4indianaINDIANA
Big Ten (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8purduePURDUE
Big Ten (10)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American (2)
 ▲2
(LW: 11)
10miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11indiana-stateINDIANA STATE
Missouri Valley (4)
 ▲1
(LW: 12)
12xavierXAVIER
Big East (5)
 ▲2
(LW: 14)
13daytonDAYTON
Atlantic 10 (2)
 ▼4
(LW: 9)
14oaklandOAKLAND
Horizon (4)
 ▲1
(LW: 15)
15bowling-greenBOWLING GREEN
Mid-American (7)
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4pennPENN
Ivy League (8)
 ▲3
(LW: 7)
5princetonPRINCETON
Ivy League (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12 (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (13)
 ▼2
(LW: 5)
8bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9navyNAVY
Patriot (3)
 ▲5
(LW: 14)
10templeTEMPLE
American (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11lehighLEHIGH
Patriot (2)
 ▲4
(LW: 15)
12marylandMARYLAND
Big Ten (14)
 ▼2
(LW: 10)
13americanAMERICAN
Patriot (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14delawareDELAWARE
Colonial (3)
 ▼3
(LW: 11)
15saint-josephsSAINT JOSEPH'S
Atlantic 10 (10)
 NR

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12 (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten (6)
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12 (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA
Summit League (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5northwesternNORTHWESTERN
Big Ten (7)
 ▲2
(LW: 7)
6bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley (1)
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7oklahomaOKLAHOMA
Big 12 (6)
 NR
8kansasKANSAS
Big 12 (3)
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9missouriMISSOURI
SEC (5)
 ▲2
(LW: 11)
10iowaIOWA
Big Ten (9)
 ▲2
(LW: 12)
11northern-illinoisNORTHERN ILLINOIS
Mid-American (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12tulsaTULSA
American (2)
 ▼3
(LW: 9)
13wichita-stateWICHITA STATE
American (1)
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14northern-iowaNORTHERN IOWA
Missouri Valley (5)
 ▼6
(LW: 8)
15north-dakota-stateNORTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 14)

Mountain Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12 (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4byuBYU
WCC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West (7)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6nevadaNEVADA
Mountain West (6)
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7utahUTAH
Pac-12 (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West (3)
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
Big Sky (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West (8)
 ▲3
(LW: 14)
12weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC (2)
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14idaho-stateIDAHO STATE
Big Sky (8)
 ▼1
(LW: 13)
15montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky (6)
 ▼3
(LW: 12)

Northeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1providencePROVIDENCE
Big East (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4cornellCORNELL
Ivy League (7)
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5yaleYALE
Ivy League (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy League (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7brownBROWN
Ivy League (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8boston-collegeBOSTON COLLEGE
ACC (10)
 ▲4
(LW: 12)
9ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic (1)
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East (6)
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11maristMARIST
Metro Atlantic (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12connecticutCONNECTICUT
American (5)
 ▲2
(LW: 14)
13harvardHARVARD
Ivy League (6)
 ▼3
(LW: 10)
14vermontVERMONT
America East (3)
 NR
15albanyALBANY
America East (1)
 ▼2
(LW: 13)

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1georgiaGEORGIA
SEC (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC (7)
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4mississippi-stateMISSISSIPPI STATE
SEC (12)
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC (7)
 ▲4
(LW: 9)
6ole-missOLE MISS
SEC (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7vanderbiltVANDERBILT
SEC (6)
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8alabamaALABAMA
SEC (9)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9auburnAUBURN
SEC (14)
 ▼6
(LW: 3)
10southern-missSOUTHERN MISS
Conference USA (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11floridaFLORIDA
SEC (2)
 ▲3
(LW: 14)
12lipscombLIPSCOMB
Atlantic Sun (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE
Conference USA (2)
 NR
14belmontBELMONT
OVC (3)
 ▼3
(LW: 11)
15south-alabamaSOUTH ALABAMA
Sun Belt (5)
 ▼3
(LW: 12)

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2texasTEXAS
Big 12 (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3smuSMU
American (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4baylorBAYLOR
Big 12 (9)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5tcuTCU
Big 12 (8)
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC (10)
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8texas-stateTEXAS STATE
Sun Belt (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9lamarLAMAR
Southland (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10lsuLSU
SEC (11)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11riceRICE
Conference USA (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13utrgvUTRGV
WAC (5)
 NR
14utsaUTSA
Conference USA (10)
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15houstonHOUSTON
American (7)
 NR

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2furmanFURMAN
SoCon (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4dukeDUKE
ACC (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6louisvilleLOUISVILLE
ACC (14)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
OVC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8richmondRICHMOND
Atlantic 10 (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC (9)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC (12)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11william-and-maryWILLIAM AND MARY
Colonial (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 12)
12charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA (5)
 ▲2
(LW: 14)
13kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14davidsonDAVIDSON
Atlantic 10 (9)
 ▼3
(LW: 11)
15east-carolinaEAST CAROLINA
American (6)
 NR

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12 (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2oregonOREGON
Pac-12 (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12 (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5californiaCALIFORNIA
Pac-12 (11)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6portlandPORTLAND
WCC (2)
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8san-jose-stateSAN JOSE STATE
Mountain West (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12 (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12 (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11arizonaARIZONA
Pac-12 (10)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12idahoIDAHO
Big Sky (4)
 ▲2
(LW: 14)
13cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West (1)
 NR
14cal-baptistCAL BAPTIST
WAC (1)
 NR
15sacramento-stateSACRAMENTO STATE
Big Sky (7)
 NR

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
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Tue 8/28
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Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/11
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Sep. 7: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/18
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Week 3Mon 9/24
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Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/1
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Tue 10/2
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Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/25Oct. 25-28: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 11/1Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Sun 11/11
Mon 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/14Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/9
Sat 11/17
Wed 11/21
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