WEEKEND PREVIEW: 2019 NCAA DIII Cross Country Regional Championships

NCAA Division III Cross Country Regional Championships Saturday is upon us!

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Regional Championships Central

By the end of the day tomorrow, we’ll find out which 32 teams automatically punch tickets to the upcoming 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, which will be held next Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Remember: The top-2 men’s and women’s teams in each region go into the express lane to Louisville.

Here is an alphabetical glance at each region and the ranked teams in each region.

2019 Atlantic Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Canton, New York
Women’s 6K Race – 11 am ET | Men’s 8K Race – Noon ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 9 SUNY Geneseo
No. 8 SUNY Geneseo
No. 15 RPI
No. 14 RPI
No. 23 St. Lawrence
No. 20 Rochester (N.Y.)
No. 27 SUNY Oneonta
No. 26 Ithaca
No. 28 Ithaca
No. 33 Vassar
No. 35 Ramapo

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DID YOU KNOW: SUNY Geneseo, which has both the top-ranked men’s and women’s team in the field is looking to sweep the regional titles for the fourth time in the past five years. The Knight women have reeled off fourth consecutive regional titles, while RPI upeneded their male counterparts last year. The Engineers are SUNY Geneseo’s toughest competition on both sides in 2019, as they boast the 15th-ranked men and the 14th-ranked women.

2019 Central Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Waverly, Iowa
Men’s 8K Race – 11 am CT | Women’s 6K Race – Noon CT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 7 Wartburg
No. 6 Carleton
No. 19 Carleton
No. 13 Wartburg
No. 25 St. Thomas (Minn.)
No. 16 St. Thomas (Minn.)
No. 26 St. Olaf
No. 24 St. Olaf

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DID YOU KNOW: Dating back to 2010, five different men’s programs and five different women’s programs have captured regional titles in the Central Region. St. Olaf has four of those on the men’s side, while Carleton and Wartburg are tied with three each on the women’s side. The men from Wartburg are looking to win back-to-back regional titles, while the women from Carleton could make it three in a row themselves.

2019 Great Lakes Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Men’s 8K Race – 11 am ET | Women’s 6K Race – 12:15 pm ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 11 Calvin
No. 12 Oberlin
No. 15 Otterbein
No. 21 John Carroll
No. 18 John Carroll
No. 23 Baldwin Wallace
No. 20 Case Western Reserve
No. 27 Hope
No. 30 Kenyon
No. 34 Allegheny (Pa.)

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DID YOU KNOW: Only one other region can boast having six nationally-ranked women’s teams in the field. Of the six that will compete in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday, Oberlin is the highest-ranked at No. 12 and could win its first regional title since at least 2005. Defending champion Baldwin Wallace, which comes in at No. 23 this week, is hoping to make things difficult, as is No. 21 John Carroll. On the men’s side, No. 11 Calvin has been the most dominant team as of late since it has won each of the past three regional titles.

2019 Mideast Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Men’s 8K Race – 11 am ET | Women’s 6K Race – Noon ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 4 Carnegie Mellon
No. 1 Johns Hopkins
No. 6 Johns Hopkins
No. 5 Dickinson
No. 22 Haverford
No. 25 Carnegie Mellon
No. 32 Dickinson

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DID YOU KNOW: When Carnegie Mellon and John Hopkins race each other in men’s cross country, fireworks fly. Such was the case back in October when the Tartans outlasted the Blue Jays 51-54 for the team title at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle. It should be just as closer or even closer this weekend. On the women’s side, Johns Hopkins should roll as it has eyes on reclaiming its spot atop the podium at the NCAA Championships.

2019 Midwest Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Winneconne, Wisconsin
Women’s 6K Race – 11 am CT | Men’s 8K Race – Noon CT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 1 North Central (Ill.)
No. 2 Washington (Mo.)
No. 8 Washington (Mo.)
No. 7 UChicago
No. 10 UChicago
No. 11 UW-Eau Claire
No. 13 UW-La Crosse
No. 15 UW-La Crosse
No. 31 UW-Stout
No. 29 Wheaton (Ill.)
No. 33 UW-Eau Claire

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DID YOU KNOW: Dating back to 2005, no teams have been more dominant in the Midwest Region than the North Central (Ill.) men and the Washington (Mo.) women. The Cardinals have won 10 regional titles, while the Bears have captured eight of their own. Just this past year, North Central (Ill.) posted the lowest score by a winning men’s team this decade and WashU notched the second lowest team score for a winning women’s program in the same time frame. Expect a great battle for second between No. 8 WashU, No. 10 UChicago and No. 13 UW-La Crosse on the men’s side and No. 7 UChicago and No. 11 UW-Eau Claire on the women’s side.

2019 New England Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Brunswick, Maine
Men’s 8K Race – 11 am ET | Women’s 6K Race – 12:15 pm ET

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 2 Williams
No. 3 MIT
No. 12 MIT
No. 4 Williams
No. 17 Amherst
No. 9 Tufts
No. 21 Middlebury
No. 18 Bates
No. 24 Colby
No. 22 Middlebury
No. 28 Bates
No. 32 Bowdoin

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DID YOU KNOW: No region has more nationally-ranked programs than the New England Region. There will be 12 of them in action on Saturday in Brunswick, Maine. Based on recent results, No. 2 Williams should roll to the team title in the men’s race, while a strong battle for the top-2 spots in the women’s race will wage on between No. 3 MIT, No. 4 Williams and No. 9 Tufts. No matter where a team finishes in the region, though, expect it to get a few through to the NCAA Championships.

2019 South/Southeast Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Men’s 8K Race – 11 am CT | Women’s 8K Race – 12:15 pm CT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 14 Berea (Ky.)
No. 19 Washington and Lee
No. 30 Emory
No. 28 Emory
No. 35 Centre

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DID YOU KNOW: You could see the third regional champion in as many years for both genders. No. 14 Berea (Ky.) enters as the top-ranked men’s team in the field, while No. 19 Washington and Lee headlines the women’s field. Both the Mountaineers and the Generals haven’t won a regional title since at least 2005 and they’ll need to hold off strong squads from Emory to do so. Speaking of the Eagles, they have combined to win six of the past 10 regional titles.

2019 West Region Championships

Date: Saturday, November 16 | Location: Claremont, California
Men’s 8K Race – 9 am PT | Women’s 6K Race – 10 am PT

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
No. 10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 34 UC Santa Cruz
No. 31 UC Santa Cruz

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DID YOU KNOW: No other region can boast a top-5 matchup between two of its men’s teams. You don’t have to go back too far to know why we’re excited about this one. It was at the SCIAC Championships where a tiebreaker had to be used to decide the winner between No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer. The women’s race should be a good one, too, between No. 10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer.