MEET PREVIEW: 2018 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

NEW ORLEANS – One of the biggest weekends in the NCAA Division I Cross Country season is upon us.

With apologies to the Louisville Cross Country Classic, the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, the Paul Short Run, the Roy Griak Invitational and the Stanford Cross Country Invitational – which are all strong in their own right – the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational is the headliner. How could it not be with 34 ranked teams between the two championship races?

USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets This Weekend

There will be 19 men’s teams that were listed in the top-30 of the most recent NCAA Division I Men’s National Coaches’ Poll in attendance, as well as 15 teams that earned their spot on the most recent NCAA Division I Women’s National Coaches’ Poll. Seven of those 19 men’s teams were in the top-10 this week, as were seven of the 15 women’s programs – including each polls’ No. 1 team.

If you want to know more about the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, which will be held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin, you’re in luck. Look below for two articles about the meet.

Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

What It Means

How It Came To Be

The meet gets underway at 11 am CT with the Women’s 6K “B” Race, followed by the Men’s 8K “B” Race at 11:40 am CT. The Women’s 6K Championship Race is at 12:20 pm CT with the Men’s 8K Championship Race scheduled for a 1 pm CT start.

And if you want an idea how just how much this meet has changed the National Coaches’ Poll in the past, this is what happened last year.

Shake It Up: Post-Nuttycombe Coaches’ Polls In 2017

Men’s Poll Changes
Women’s Poll Changes
Team
Before
After
Team
Before
After
Northern Arizona
No. 1
No. 1
New Mexico
No. 3
No. 2
Portland
No. 25
No. 3
San Francisco
No. 6
No. 4
Syracuse
No. 3
No. 4
NC State
No. 7
No. 5
Stanford
No. 4
No. 6
Boise State
No. 13
No. 8
Furman
No. 10
No. 7
Providence
No. 8
No. 7
Colorado State
No. 11
No. 9
Furman
No. 21
No. 11
Southern Utah
No. 6
No. 12
Washington
No. 11
No. 13
Michigan
No. 25
No. 13
Stanford
No. 5
No. 14
UCLA
No. 20
No. 14
Wisconsin
No. 17
No. 17
Michigan State
No. 17
No. 15
Minnesota
No. 20
No. 19
Air Force
No. 23
No. 17
Michigan State
RV
No. 20
Minnesota
RV
No. 18
Columbia
RV
No.24
Washington State
No. 29
No. 20
Iowa State
No. 18
No. 23
Washington
RV
No. 21
Eastern Michigan
RV
No. 25
NC State
NR
No. 22
Utah
No. 22
No. 27
Iowa State
No. 14
No. 23
California
RV
No. 28
Iona
No. 13
No. 25
Georgetown
No. 22
RV

Needless to say, you DON’T want to miss the newest National Coaches’ Polls when they are released Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm CT. Be sure to check back then and later today for a full recap of the championship races in Madison, Wisconsin.