2019 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend caused some shakeups in the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. 

Although there is only one new No. 1, plenty of other teams are making their moves as the battle for the automatic NCAA bids tightens up.

SEE MORE: NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings

Remember: We’ll see which teams earn those automatic NCAA bids in two weekends when the nine regions host their championship meets.

GREAT LAKES REGION

There was shuffling within the Great Lakes Region between Week 5 and Week 6.

Michigan State is back in the No. 1 spot for the first time since Week 5 of the 2016 campaign. The Spartans claimed the Big Ten title 56-62 over Wisconsin, who moved down to No. 2 this week.

Michigan, placing third at the Big Ten Championships, moved down one spot to No. 3, while No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Ohio State held their respective rankings.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION

The Mid-Atlantic saw some changes between Week 5 and Week 6.

Penn State remained in the driver’s seat at No. 1 for the second straight week following a fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Villanova moved up three spots to No. 2 after placing second at the Big East Championships, while third place team at the Big East, Georgetown, moved down one spot to No. 3.

No. 4 West Virginia moved up two spots from No. 6. The Mountaineers placed third in a tight Big 12 Championships race. Penn dropped two spots to No. 5 after a third place finish at the Ivy League Championships.

MIDWEST REGION

There was no change in the Midwest from Week 5 to Week 6.

No. 1 Illinois and No. 2 Oklahoma State remain the favorites to receive automatic NCAA bids. The Fighting Illini placed sixth in a heavy nationally-ranked Big Ten Championships, while the Cowgirls took home their first Big 12 title since 2015.

Minnesota, Tulsa, and Missouri sit at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5, respectively.

MOUNTAIN REGION

The Mountain Region continued to evolve from Week 5 to Week 6.

BYU remained at No. 1 for the sixth straight week. The Cougars won the West Coast Conference with 18 points, posting 1-2-3-5-7 finishes led by individual champion Whittni Orton.

No. 2 Utah jumped up four spots from No. 6 to regain to tie its highest regional ranking set two weeks ago. The Utes posted a third place finish at the Pac-12 Championships and finished three points ahead of No. 4 Colorado, who fell one spot.

New Mexico moved up to No. 4 following a team title at the Mountain West on the strength of a 1-2 finish by Weini Kelati and Ednah Kurgat. Northern Arizona, the Big Sky champions, come in at No. 5.

NORTHEAST REGION

There were a few adjustments in the Northeast from Week 5 to Week 6.

Columbia, the Ivy League Champion, remained at No. 1. Syracuse earned a one spot jump to No. 2 following a fifth place finish at the ACC Championships.

No. 3 Boston College fell one spot after placing seventh in the ACC. Providence remained steady at No. 4, and Harvard moved up to No. 5 due to their second-place finish in the Ivy League.

SOUTH REGION

The South saw three teams climb up the ranks from Week 5 to Week 6.

Florida State remained the No. 1 team in the region for the third consecutive week. The Seminoles placed second at the ACC Championships. Ole Miss moved up to No. 2 with their second place showing in the SEC Championships.

Middle Tennessee earned a two spot bump to No. 3 to achieve their highest regional ranking in program history after the Blue Raiders claimed the Conference USA title. Tennessee remained at No. 4 this week, while Alabama rounds out the top-5. The Crimson Tide jumped four spots from No. 9 with a fifth place finish in the SEC and finishing one point behind Tennessee.

SOUTH CENTRAL

There was one change in the South Central from Week 5 to Week 6.

No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas are favored to receive automatic bids to NCAAs. The Razorbacks won the SEC title with 21 points and going 1-2-4-5-9. The Longhorns placed second in the Big 12 by two points to Oklahoma State.

Texas A&M and Rice remained at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. Arkansas State vaulted eight spots from No. 13 back into the No. 5 spot after winning the Sun Belt Conference.

SOUTHEAST REGION

The Southeast saw two changes between Week 5 and Week 6.

No. 1 NC State and No. 2 Furman remain to be the favorites to receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack won the ACC and the Paladins won the Southern Conference Championships.

Virginia Tech, placing fourth in the ACC, stayed at No. 3, while No. 4 Wake Forest and No. 5 North Carolina reached moved up one spot with their sixth and eighth place finishes, respectively. The Tar Heels are back in the top-5 for the first time since the 2015 season.

WEST REGION

There were no changes in the West between Week 5 and Week 6.

No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Washington remain as the favorites to receive automatic bids into NCAAs. The Cardinal beat the Huskies 27-55 at the Pac-12 Championships.

No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 Oregon, and No. 5 California Baptist round out the top regional teams.

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

2019 Week #6 - November 4th

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)
 ▲2
(LW: 3)
2wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6indianaINDIANA
Big Ten (8)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7butlerBUTLER
Big East (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American (1)
 ▲4
(LW: 12)
9miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American (3)
 NR
10toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11xavierXAVIER
Big East (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12akronAKRON
Mid-American (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13ball-stateBALL STATE
Mid-American (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14daytonDAYTON
Atlantic 10 (3)
 ▲1
(LW: 15)
15ohioOHIO
Mid-American (7)
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

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

Midwest Region -- Women

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

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy League (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC (5)
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3boston-collegeBOSTON COLLEGE
ACC (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4providencePROVIDENCE
Big East (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5harvardHARVARD
Ivy League (2)
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6yaleYALE
Ivy League (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic (1)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10vermontVERMONT
America East (2)
 ▲2
(LW: 12)
11cornellCORNELL
Ivy League (6)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12connecticutCONNECTICUT
American (4)
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13maristMARIST
Metro Atlantic (2)
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League (8)
 ▼5
(LW: 9)
15army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 14)

South Region -- Women

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

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2texasTEXAS
Big 12 (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC (9)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4riceRICE
Conference USA (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt (1)
 ▲8
(LW: 13)
6central-arkansasCENTRAL ARKANSAS
Southland (1)
 NR
7stephen-f-austinSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Southland (2)
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8baylorBAYLOR
Big 12 (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9houstonHOUSTON
American (8)
 ▼4
(LW: 5)
10texas-am-corpus-christiTEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Southland (3)
 ▲2
(LW: 12)
11abilene-christianABILENE CHRISTIAN
Southland (4)
 ▼2
(LW: 9)
12texas-stateTEXAS STATE
Sun Belt (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland (5)
 NR
14ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt (5)
 NR
15lsuLSU
SEC (13)
 ▼5
(LW: 10)

Southeast Region -- Women

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

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12 (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12 (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4oregonOREGON
Pac-12 (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6portlandPORTLAND
WCC (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7arizonaARIZONA
Pac-12 (6)
 ▲3
(LW: 10)
8oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12 (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9uclaUCLA
Pac-12 (8)
 ▲3
(LW: 12)
10cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West (1)
 ▲3
(LW: 13)
11uc-davisUC DAVIS
Big West (2)
 ▼2
(LW: 9)
12cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West (3)
 NR
13san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC (3)
 NR
14californiaCALIFORNIA
Pac-12 (9)
 ▼6
(LW: 8)
15idahoIDAHO
Big Sky (2)
 NR

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/27
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Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/17
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Sep. 13: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/23
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/24
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Week 3Mon 9/30
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Tue 10/1
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Tue 10/8
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Oct. 19: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/21
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/22
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Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/4
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/5
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 15: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Terre Haute, Ind.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/23
MEN | WOMEN
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