2019 NCAA DI Conference Championships Weekend Preview

Conference Championship Weekend is finally here!

After what seemed like a long regular season, this marks the start of the glorious postseason.

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NCAA DI National Coaches’ Polls (Week 5): Men’s | Women’s

Each and every team that was ranked in the most recent National Coaches’ Polls will be in action, with a majority of them in several meets.

Let’s take a look at which meets have the most ranked teams, because that’s what could shift the ensuing National Coaches’ Polls when they’re released on Tuesday, November 5.

2019 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

Date: Friday, November 1 | Location: Ash Creek Preserve
Men’s 8K Race – 11:10 am PT | Women’s 6K Race – 12:10 pm PT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 3 Colorado
No. 2 Stanford
No. 3 Stanford
No. 3 Washington
No. 7 Washington
No. 5 Colorado
No. 10 UCLA
No. 16 Utah
No. 16 Oregon
No. 20 Oregon

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Top-10 matchups consistently headline the Pac-12 Championships.

This year is no different as you’ll see four top-10 teams tangle in the men’s race and three top-10 teams – Actually, three top-5 teams – vie for the women’s crown on Friday.

We’ll start with the women’s race, because it’s too good to pass up.

No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Washington and No. 5 Colorado are all perennial powers both in the conference and on the national level. Those three teams have combined to win 19 of the past 23 conference titles dating back to 1996 (The Cardinal has the lioness’ share with 13).

Stanford is trending in the right direction to capture its first conference crown since 2010. The Cardinal recently jumped two spots in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll after finishing runner-up at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in a final postseason tune-up.

Washington could win its first Pac-12 title since 2009 and is looking strong as of late. Just two weeks ago, the Huskies depth’ proved too much for the field at the Pre-National Invitational to handle as they captured the team title.

Colorado has won three of the past four conference titles and is always a force in the postseason. The Buffaloes probably have a chip on their shoulder after recent results at the Joe Piane Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational where they finished second and third, respectively.

Defending conference champion Oregon comes in ranked at No. 20 following a rough outing at the Nuttycombe Invitational.

Co-No. 3s Colorado and Stanford have combined to win each of the past 10 conference titles in men’s cross country. The Cardinal, which has won the past two, snapped a six-year streak by the Buffs in 2017.

Both Colorado and Stanford seem to have rounded into form recently based on their results at the Pre-National Invitational and the Nuttycombe Invitational, respectively. The Buffs took runner-up honors in Indiana, while the Cardinal were a clear No. 2 in Wisconsin.

No. 7 Washington and No. 10 UCLA are headed in different directions, at least according to the National Coaches’ Poll.

The Huskies, who last won a conference title in 1994, slid from No. 4 to No. 7 this past week, while the Bruins have climbed from No. 22 to No. 10 over the course of the season. It has been a while since UCLA has won a conference title: Try 38 years.

Never count out Oregon, either. The Ducks, who are ranked No. 16, are hungry for their first Pac-12 crown since 2008.

2019 Big Ten Cross Country Championships

Date: Sunday, November 3 | Location: Ohio State Golf Club
Men’s 8K Race – 10:45 am ET | Women’s 6K Race – 11:45 am ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 9 Purdue
No. 7 Wisconsin
No. 13 Indiana
No. 8 Michigan
No. 14 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State
No. 17 Michigan
No. 18 Penn State
No. 19 Illinois
No. 21 Ohio State
No. 23 Indiana
No. 25 Minnesota

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First of all, look at the sheer number of nationally-ranked teams in the women’s race.

You’ll see eight on the starting line at the Ohio State Golf Club, headlined by a top-10 matchup between No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Michigan State. The other ranked teams are No. 18 Penn State, No. 19 Illinois, No. 21 Ohio State, No. 23 Indiana and No. 23 Minnesota.

Expect a great battle for the title between the Badgers, the Wolverines and the Spartans – if past results prove anything.

Just two weeks ago at the Nuttycombe Invitational, Wisconsin beat Michigan State by two points in the team standings. The very next day, Michigan finished a strong fourth at the Pre-National Invitational with the Illini a little further behind.

Over in the men’s race, you’ll see four nationally-ranked programs, including two programs that have really hit their stride – No. 9 Purdue and No. 13 Indiana.

The Boilermakers hit their highest ranking in program history recently after back-to-back strong efforts at the Joe Piane Invitational and the Nuttycombe Invitational. The Hoosiers also came up big at Notre Dame and finished right behind Purdue in Madison.

Wisconsin has a habit of showing up in big moments, especially at these championships. After all, the Badgers could win their 50th conference title in program history, a dominant run that began back in 1910 and still goes to this current day.

Should be some great racing on Sunday.

2019 ACC Cross Country Championships

Date: Friday, November 1 | Location: Buford Meredith Cross Country Course
Men’s 8K Race – 10 am ET | Women’s 6K Race- 11 am ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 20 Notre Dame
No. 6 NC State
No. 21 Florida State
No. 10 Florida State
No. 23 NC State
No. 17 Notre Dame
No. 23 Virginia
No. 22 Virginia Tech
No. 26 Virginia Tech
No. 27 Boston College
No. 28 Syracuse

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There is no other conference in the nation right now with more nationally-ranked men’s teams than the ACC.

Go ahead and count them up: We’ve already done the math.

Six nationally-ranked teams will vie for the conference title this weekend at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course in Blacksburg, Virginia: No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 21 Florida State, No. 23 NC State, No. 23 Virginia, No. 26 Virginia Tech and No. 28 Syracuse.

Out of those six teams, only the Seminoles and the Hokies have been trending in the right direction recently. Florida State jumped nine spots in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, while Virginia Tech made their way into the top-30 for the first time this season.

Last year saw a changing of the guard as the Irish won its first conference title in program history, snapping a five-year streak by the Orange. Notre Dame edged Syracuse by four points.

Over in the women’s race, you’ll find five nationally-ranked programs with a top-10 matchup to boot: No. 6 NC State, No. 10 Florida State, No. 17 Notre Dame, No. 22 Virginia Tech and No. 27 Boston College.

The Wolfpack have won the past three conference titles, but it hasn’t been easy. Last year NC State earned the three-peat by just one point over Notre Dame. The Irish had a 12-point lead over the Wolfpack after four runners last year, yet the foe’s depth proved to be too much.

Just like their male counterparts, the Seminole women have been trending up recently and are looking for their first conference title since 2013. Florida State began the season ranked No. 20 in the National Coaches’ Poll, improved to No. 17 in Week 3, jumped six spots to No. 11 in Week 4 and then climbed one more to No. 10 after a strong effort at the Pre-National Invitational.

Other Meets Of Interest

Mountain West Conference

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You’ll see five nationally-ranked programs compete at the Mountain West Conference Championships on Friday.

The women’s race features three in the guise of No. 11 New Mexico, No. 13 Boise State and No. 14 Air Force. Usually it would be an automatic win for the Lady Lobos, but they’ve been down a bit this year and the Broncos and the Falcons have closed the gap.

On the men’s side, you’ll see two programs on the rise: No. 18 Boise State and No. 22 Utah State. The Broncos climbed eight spots in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, while the Aggies came on strong at the Paul Short Run and then ran well at the Nuttycombe Invitational.

Big 12 Conference

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There are three nationally-ranked men’s programs and one nationally-ranked women’s program in the field on Saturday.

No. 5 Iowa State headlines the men’s race and will be chased by No. 27 Oklahoma State and No. 30 Texas. Those three teams finished in the top-3 – in some order – in each of the past three years (The Cyclones won the Big 12 in 2017 and 2018).

No. 29 Oklahoma State is the only ranked team in the women’s race after Iowa State dropped out of the most recent National Coaches’ Poll. The Cyclones shouldn’t be counted out, as they have won seven of the past eight titles.

Big Sky Conference & West Coast Conference

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We group these together because they feature some of the top-ranked squads in the nation.

You’ll see the No. 1 men from Northern Arizona try to continue their reign atop the Big Sky Conference with the upstart Thunderbirds from Southern Utah looking to play the role of spoiler, while the 11th-ranked Lumberjack women surely opened some eyes at the Nuttycombe Invitational and will hope to continue heading in the right direction.

Over in the West Coast Conference Championships on Friday, the No. 2 men from BYU take on No. 12 Portland and No. 29 Gonzaga, while the No. 4 women from BYU should roll to victory. The Cougars became the first program to sweep the WCC team titles in 10 years last year.