2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – What a weekend!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Regional 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.
Remember that Regional Championships Friday is set for November 11. That’s the last stop on the #RunToStillwater, as we’ll know which teams get to compete at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 19.
Great Lakes Region
Projected AQs: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Ohio State
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Toledo, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 MIchigan State
Note: Ohio State improved from No. 4 to No. 2 after winning the Arturo Barrios Invitational. Toledo soared to No. 3 and Wisconsin improved to No. 4 following their 12th and 14th finishes, respectively, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, finishing ahead of new No. 5 Michigan State (18th) and new No. 6 Michigan (21st).
Projected AQs: No. 1 Georgetown, No. 2 West Virginia
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 Princeton
Note: West Virginia and Penn State each gained one spot in Week 5. The Mountaineers and Nittany Lions placed first and second, respectively, at the Penn State National Open.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No, 2 Northwestern
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Bradley
Note: Northwestern continued to climb the regional leaderboard, this time coming in at No. 2. The Wildcats beat new No. 3 Illinois, 68-84, at the Bradley Pink Classic.
Projected AQs: No. 1 New Mexico, No. 2 Northern Arizona
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Colorado
Projected AQs: No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Providence
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 Northeastern, No. 5 Connecticut.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Lipscomb, No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 5 Florida
South Central Region
Projected AQs: No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Texas A&M
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Texas, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Rice
Projected AQs: No. 1 NC State, No. 2 North Carolina
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Furman, No. 5 Liberty
Projected AQs: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Oregon
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 California Baptist, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Oregon State
Note: Oregon jumped to No. 2 in Week 5. The Ducks placed 11th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and finished ahead of new No. 4 Washington, who finished 16th in Wisconsin.