2019 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – There were a few big changes to the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings between the Preseason and Week 1.
Those can be seen here in the most recent installment of rankings, which were released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA).
GREAT LAKES REGION
There was some slight shifting among the top-5 teams in the Great Lakes Region.
Michigan and Wisconsin traded places from the preseason rankings. The Wolverines, who are now No. 1, took over the top spot thanks to their effort at the Michigan Open a few weeks ago when they were led by freshman Ericka VanderLende.
The next two teams also flip-flopped positions. Michigan State moved up one spot to No. 3 after winning the Spartan Invitational, while Notre Dame dropped one spt to No. 4.
Ohio State held steady at No. 5 to round out the top teams after the Buckeyes placed second to Ole Miss at the Commodore Classic.
The top-two teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region stayed the same with No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Princeton filling those spots.
Villanova remained at the No. 3 spot and will open up their season this weekend at the Main Line Invitational.
No. 4 Georgetown jumped into the top-5 after a winning the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational over regional leader Penn State.
No. 5 Penn dropped two spots down from the preseason poll to round out the top teams.
There was no change in the top teams in the Midwest as No. 1 Iowa State and No. 2 Oklahoma State kept their positions.
The top-5 is rounded out by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Illinois, and No. 5 Northwestern.
Of the five teams, Northwestern was the only team to compete and placed fifth at the Illinois State Invite.
The top spot in the Mountain region now belongs to BYU after jumping up two spots from their No. 3 preseason ranking. The Cougars romped to victory at the Big Wave Invitational to begin the season and recently won the BYU Autumn Classic by four points over Weber State.
Colorado stayed steady at No. 2, while No. 3 Air Force moved up two spots from their preseason ranking.
No. 4 Northern Arizona and No. 5 Southern Utah broke into the top-5 for the first time this season.
There was no change in the Northeast region.
Columbia remained No. 1, followed by No. 2 Dartmouth.
No. 3 Boston College, No. 4 Iona, and No. 5 Syracuse all remained in their positions as the top teams in the region.
The South had no movement in their top-5 teams.
Ole Miss comes in ranked No. 1 after winning the Commodore Classic.
No. 2 Florida State held steady after a strong effort a few weeks ago at the Covered Bridge Open.
No. 3 belongs to Georgia Tech, while No. 4 is Florida and No. 5 is Vanderbilt.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
There was slight movement in the bottom half of the South Central Region.
No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas kept their positions as the top team in the region. The Longhorns picked up consecutive wins to open the season at the Bear Twilight and Texas Invitational.
Texas A&M remained at No. 3 after winning their home invitational.
The top-5 saw changes in the fourth and fifth positions as both teams are making their top-five season debut. No. 4 Houston won the Rice Invitational and No. 5 Baylor placed second at the Texas A&M Invite.
Like other regions, there was no change in the top teams.
No. 1 NC State remained in the driver’s seat and will open up their season at the Adidas XC Challenge on Friday, September 20.
No. 2 Furman won its fourth-straight Eye Opener Invitational and posted a perfect score.
The next three positions belong to No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Wake Forest, and No. 5 Virginia Tech to round out the region’s top-5.
The No. 1 ranking in the West remains with Washington.
Oregon jumped two spots and is slotted at No. 2. The Ducks dominated the proceedings at the season-opening Ash Creek Festival, where they scored just 16 points.
Boise State and Stanford both dropped one spot to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Oregon State improves one spot and sits at No. 5 to round out the region.