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2020 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – We are less than six weeks out from the 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships that were postponed to March 15, 2021 from its original date of November 21, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What better time to debut the first edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the season than now?

Although there are no Regional Championships contested this year to determine who automatically advances to the championship meet, the first edition of the rankings shows how things are playing out.

NOTE: Only those teams who have competed or have an intention to compete prior to the conclusion of the season are eligible for a regional ranking.

Great Lakes Region

Michigan State and Michigan will start the year in a tie for No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region.

Michigan State earned the nod following their victory at the Big Ten Championships to open the season. The Spartans won its second-straight Big Ten title with a 29-point victory over Minnesota, 47-76. Jenna Magness and India Johnson paced the Spartans with third and fourth place finishes.

While Michigan had to postpone its season opener due to COVID-19 concerns statewide, the Wolverines are expected to be competitive when the time comes to compete.

The rest of the top-5 is rounded out with No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Wisconsin.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Georgetown and Penn State sit at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Hoyas are scheduled to open their season at the BIG EAST Championships on March 5th. Georgetown is expected to rely on its top returners of Sami CormanAlyssa AldridgeKatherine Modrall and Baylee Jones.

The Nittany Lions opened their season with an eighth place finish at the Big Ten Championships with a young squad. Freshmen Faith DeMars and Sera Mazza were the top runners for Penn State in their first showing of the season.

The rest of the top-5 is rounded out with No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 West Virginia and No. 5 Temple.

Midwest Region

Minnesota and Illinois will start at No. 1 and No. 2

The Gophers placed second at the Big Ten Championships with 76 points. Bethany Hasz took home individual honors, winning the 6K in 20:13.2. Abby Kohut-Jackson also finished in the top-10 in eight place.

The Illini was the third place team at the Big Ten Championships with 79 points, finishing three points behind aforementioned Minnesota. Rebecca Craddock earned a ninth-place finish to pace Illinois.

The rest of the top-5 is rounded out with No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Northern Illinois.

Mountain Region

BYU will headline the Mountain Region at No. 1, followed by No. 2 New Mexico.

A split in the schedule between indoor and cross country allowed BYU to show off its depth. The Cougars won the Silver State Collegiate XC Challenge with a 15-point victory over Boise State. Anna Camp placed second for the Cougars, followed by Aubrey Frentheway in fourth and Lexy Halladay in 10th.

New Mexico has not competed so far this season. The top returner for the Lobos is Adva Cohen following her 55th place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

The rest of the top-5 is rounded out with No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Northern Arizona and No. 5 Weber State.

Northeast Region

Boston College and Providence will come in at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Eagles have competed in three meets during the fall segment. Boston College placed ninth as a team at the ACC Championships, led by Lauren White‘s eighth-place finish individually.

Providence has not competed this season. The Friars are scheduled to open up their season on February 17 at the Boston College and Army Tri-Meet.

No. 3 Iona, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 5 UConn round out the top-5 teams.

South Region

Alabama and Georgia Tech will start at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Crimson Tide finished second to Arkansas with 57 points at the SEC Championships  for the team’s best finish since 1994. Alabama placed three women in the top-10, including individual champion Mercy Chelangat, who covered the 6K course in 19:46.5 to become the program’s first individual SEC Champion since 1993. Esther Gitahi and Jami Reed were the other top-10 finishers with their fifth and sixth place showings.

Georgia Tech finished as runner-ups at the ACC Championships with 99 points. Nicole Fegans placed ninth at ACCs, while Liz Galarza and Mary Kathryn Knott shortly behind in 13th and 14th, respectively.

The top-5 is rounded out by No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Ole Miss and No. 5 Tennessee.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Texas sit at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Razorbacks won the program’s eighth-straight SEC Championship following a 16-point victory over previously mentioned Alabama, 41-57. Arkansas flexed its depth, placing their first five runners in the top-11. Lauren Gregory finished in fourth to be their top runner, followed by Logan Morris‘s seventh place showing.

The Longhorns earned a runner-up finish with 62 points at the Big 12 Championships. Texas’ top finisher was Beth Ramos, who notched a sixth-place finish.

The top-5 is closed out by No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 Arkansas State.

Southeast Region

NC State and Furman will start at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Wolfpack won the ACC Championships in the fall to defeat Georgia Tech, 47-99. Dominique Clairmonte led NC State with her individual crown in 19:55.1 for 6K, while Hannah Steelman and Mariah Howlett finished in third and seventh, respectively.

In the fall, the Paladins won the Southern Conference Championships in dominating fashion with a 52-point margin of victory over Samford, 28-80. Furman placed all five scoring athletes in the top-10, finishing 2-4-6-7-9. Abigail Robertson was the SoCon individual runner-up for Furman.

The top-5 is rounded out by No. 3 Duke, No. 4 UNC and No. 5 Virginia.

West Region

Stanford and Washington will debut at No. 1 and No. 2.

Stanford’s first scheduled competition is set to be the Pac-12 Championships on March 5th. Although the Cardinal will lose Fiona O’Keeffe (24th at NCAAs), they will return a bulk of their lineup from its third place team at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Ella Donaghu and Jessica Lawson will be the top returners for Stanford.

The Huskies opened up their season at the Silver State Collegiate XC Challenge, finishing fourth with 88 points. Haley Herberg and Naomi Smith were the top finishers at fifth and sixth, respectively. While Washington was also balancing a split weekend between indoor and cross country competition, it opened up the opportunity to show other athletes at its disposal.

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

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

2020 Week #4 - February 2nd

About this Product
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Coaches’ 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 a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Great Lakes Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten (1)
 NR
1michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 NR
3indianaINDIANA
Big Ten (4)
 NR
4ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten (5)
 NR
5wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten (6)
 NR
6notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC (6)
 NR
7butlerBUTLER
Big East
 NR
8toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American (2)
 NR
9purduePURDUE
Big Ten (10)
 NR
10bowling-greenBOWLING GREEN
Mid-American (3)
 NR
11miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American (4)
 NR
12oaklandOAKLAND
Horizon
 NR
13ball-stateBALL STATE
Mid-American (5)
 NR
14ohioOHIO
Mid-American (6)
 NR
15akronAKRON
Mid-American (7)
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East
 NR
2penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten (8)
 NR
3villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East
 NR
4west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12 (3)
 NR
5templeTEMPLE
American (4)
 NR
6la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10
 NR
7marylandMARYLAND
Big Ten
 NR
8navyNAVY
Patriot
 NR
9george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10
 NR
10delawareDELAWARE
Colonial
 NR
11pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (14)
 NR
12bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot
 NR
13lehighLEHIGH
Patriot
 NR
14duquesneDUQUESNE
Atlantic 10
 NR
15lafayetteLAFAYETTE
Patriot
 NR

Midwest Region -- Women

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

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1boston-collegeBOSTON COLLEGE
ACC (9)
 NR
2providencePROVIDENCE
Big East
 NR
3ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic
 NR
4syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC (8)
 NR
5connecticutCONNECTICUT
American
 NR
6boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot
 NR
7army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot
 NR
8maristMARIST
Metro Atlantic
 NR
9umass-lowellUMASS LOWELL
America East
 NR
9none-selected(NONE SELECTED)
 NR
10new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East
 NR

South Region -- Women

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

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC (1)
 NR
2texasTEXAS
Big 12 (2)
 NR
3lsuLSU
SEC (5)
 NR
4baylorBAYLOR
Big 12 (6)
 NR
5arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt (1)
 NR
6ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt (5)
 NR
7texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC (13)
 NR
8riceRICE
Conference USA (4)
 NR
9abilene-christianABILENE CHRISTIAN
Southland (2)
 NR
10central-arkansasCENTRAL ARKANSAS
Southland (1)
 NR
11texas-stateTEXAS STATE
Sun Belt (6)
 NR
12stephen-f-austinSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Southland (3)
 NR
13incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland (5)
 NR
14little-rockLITTLE ROCK
Sun Belt (8)
 NR
15north-texasNORTH TEXAS
Conference USA (9)
 NR

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC (1)
 NR
2furmanFURMAN
SoCon (1)
 NR
3dukeDUKE
ACC (4)
 NR
4north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC (5)
 NR
5virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC (7)
 NR
6kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC (4)
 NR
7wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC (10)
 NR
8virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC (11)
 NR
9elonELON
Colonial
 NR
10libertyLIBERTY
ASUN
 NR
11high-pointHIGH POINT
Big South
 NR
12william-maryWILLIAM & MARY
Colonial
 NR
13charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA (2)
 NR
14louisvilleLOUISVILLE
ACC (12)
 NR
15clemsonCLEMSON
ACC (13)
 NR

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 NR
2washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 NR
3boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 NR
4oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12
 NR
5oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 NR
6portlandPORTLAND
WCC (2)
 NR
7san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC (3)
 NR
8california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC (1)
 NR
9uc-davisUC DAVIS
Big West
 NR
10washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 NR
11uclaUCLA
Pac-12
 NR
12idahoIDAHO
Big Sky (5)
 NR
13gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC (4)
 NR
14arizonaARIZONA
Pac-12
 NR
15californiaCALIFORNIA
Pac-12
 NR

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