2018 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – The running of conference championships around the country brought big changes to the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Rankings that were released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

The latest rankings saw three new No. 1 teams crowned in the South, Mountain and West as eight of the nine regions experienced a shake up to its top-five programs.

Week-by-Week Ranking Charts

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

With regional championships running nationwide on November 9 here’s a closer look at the top teams in each region as teams are in the homestretch of their battle for a spot at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships.

Remember the top-two teams in each region automatically qualify for NCAAs to take up 18 spots. After that 13 additions at-large bids are granted.

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

The top spot in the Great Lakes remained with Michigan for the second-straight week after the Wolverines collected their third consecutive Big Ten Championship with an impressive performance. Michigan ran in a tight pack at the conference meet and had just a 30-second gap between its top-five athletes. The group was paced by Avery Evenson in third.

Coming in at No. 2 in the region was Michigan State after a second-place finish at Big Tens. The Spartans also ran well as a unit with just a 38-second gap between top scoring athletes. Michigan State was paced by Maggie Farrell in fourth.

Rounding out the top-five was No. 3 Wisconsin (with a one-spot improvement), No. 4 Indiana and No. 5 Notre Dame.

Mid-Atlantic Region

The top of the Mid-Atlantic stayed the same as it stuck with No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Penn State for the fifth-straight week.

The Wildcats captured the Big East Championships and were paced by individual title winner Caroline Alcorta while the Nittany Lions finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships and had their top-finisher in Julia Paternain who came in tenth.

No. 3 West Virginia (up one), No. 4 Princeton and No. 5 Georgetown made up the rest of the region’s top-five.

Midwest Region

Iowa State continued its run atop the Midwest region for the seventh consecutive ranking to open the year. The Cyclones won their seventh Big 12 Championship in the last eight seasons as the group was paced by individual champion Cailie Logue.

Jumping up one spot to No. 2 was Oklahoma State after a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Sinclaire Johnson was the top finisher for the group with a second-place performance.

The rest of the top-five was made up by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Northwestern (up one spot) and No. 5 Kansas (up two).

Mountain Region

The defending NCAA Champions, New Mexico, retook the top spot in the region after it picked up the 11th-straight Mountain West title for the program. The Lady Lobos had the top-three finishers at the meet and were led by individual champion Weini Kelati.

Falling one to No. 2 was Colorado after a strong showing at the Pac-12 Championships. The Buffaloes came in second behind a strong Oregon team and had the individual title winner for the second-straight year in Dani Jones.

Also in the top-five was No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Southern Utah and No. 5 Northern Arizona.

Northeast Region

The top-two spots in the Northeast remained the same as No. 1 Columbia and No. 2 Syracuse held in its position from the previous week.

Columbia raced to its second-straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championships after the group was paced by Erin Gregoire who posted a second-place finish.

Syracuse tied its program-best finish with a third-place showing at the ACC Championships. The Orange placed all-five scoring athletes in the top-26 overall and were led by Shannon Malone who finished fifth.

No. 3 Dartmouth (one-spot improvement), No. 4 Yale and No. 5 Providence (three-spot improvement) were also in the top-five in the region.

South Region

For the first time in school history Florida has moved into the No. 1 spot in the South after a three-spot improvement from the previous rankings. The Gators picked up a second-place finish at the SEC Championships and had the meet’s individual title winner in Jessica Pascoe.

Ole Miss remained at No. 2 after a third-place showing at the SEC Championships. The Rebels were paced by Clio Ozanne-Jaques in 12th overall.

The rest of the top-five belonged to No. 3 Florida State (up two spots), No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Georgia Tech.

South Central Region

Like a few other regions, the top of the South Central also stayed the same as No 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas remained at the top of the rankings.

The Razorbacks captured their sixth-consecutive SEC Championships and were paced by Katrina Robinson at second overall. The unit also placed all five scoring-athletes in the top-10 at the meet.

The Longhorns are coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Texas was led by Destiny Collins’s fourth-place performance.  

The top-five was completed by No. 3 SMU, No. 4 Rice (up four spots) and No. 5 Texas A&M (up one).

Southeast Region

The Southeast was the only region to not experience a shake up to the top of the charts as the top-five teams all remained the same from the previous week.

The top spot once again went to No. 1 NC State, a position it has held for seven consecutive weeks to open the season. The Wolfpack claimed their third-straight ACC title and were led by Elly Henes in second.

Coming in at No. 2 was Furman after the program’s sixth-straight Southern Conference Championship title. The Paladins were paced by second-place finisher Savannah Carnahan and placed six athletes in the top-10 of the meet.

No. 3 Eastern Kentucky, No. 4 Virginia Tech and No. 5 Duke also appeared in the top-five.

West Region

For the first time this season Oregon has taken over as the No. 1 team in the West after an impressive showing at the Pac-12 Championships. The Ducks were led by Jessica Hull who came in second overall as Oregon placed four runners in the top-eight.

Dropping to the No. 2 spot was Boise State after a second-place showing at the Mountain West Championships. The Broncos recorded 35 points as they almost chased down defending NCAA Champions New Mexico, falling by just two points. Boise State was led by Allie Ostrander in fourth.

Rounding out the rest of the top-five was No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Portland.

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

2018 Week #6 - October 29th

Great Lakes Region -- Women

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12 (4)
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4princetonPRINCETON
Ivy League (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6pennPENN
Ivy League (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8templeTEMPLE
American (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (13)
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10lehighLEHIGH
Patriot (2)
 ▲3
(LW: 13)
11rutgersRUTGERS
Big Ten (13)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12marylandMARYLAND
Big Ten (14)
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13navyNAVY
Patriot (3)
 ▼4
(LW: 9)
14la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10 (4)
 ▲1
(LW: 15)
15george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10 (7)
 NR

Midwest Region -- Women

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

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

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

South Region -- Women

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

South Central Region -- Women

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

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2furmanFURMAN
SoCon (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
OVC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5dukeDUKE
ACC (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC (8)
 ▲2
(LW: 8)
7richmondRICHMOND
Atlantic 10 (1)
 ▲2
(LW: 9)
8virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC (9)
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC (8)
 ▼2
(LW: 7)
10clemsonCLEMSON
ACC (11)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC (12)
 ▲1
(LW: 12)
12william-and-maryWILLIAM AND MARY
Colonial (1)
 NR
13elonELON
Colonial (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14appalachian-stateAPPALACHIAN STATE
Sun Belt (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15high-pointHIGH POINT
Big South (1)
 NR

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1oregonOREGON
Pac-12 (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12 (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12 (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5portlandPORTLAND
WCC (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6uclaUCLA
Pac-12 (5)
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12 (6)
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9san-jose-stateSAN JOSE STATE
Mountain West (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11cal-baptistCAL BAPTIST
WAC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West (2)
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12 (8)
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14arizona-stateARIZONA STATE
Pac-12 (9)
 ▼2
(LW: 12)
15loyola-marymountLOYOLA MARYMOUNT
WCC (4)
 NR

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 7: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/24
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
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 7Mon 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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