2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – You can expect a bunch of changes following Conference Championships 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). Two regions have new No. 1s along with a multitude of other changes.
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 Toledo
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Wisconsin
Note: Toledo, the MAC Champion, improved one spot to No. 2 for a season-best ranking. Michigan State (up two spots from No. 5), Michigan (up two spots from No. 6), Wisconsin (down one spot from No. 4) and Ohio State (down four spots from No. 2) finished in that same order at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Georgetown, No. 2 West Virginia
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 Princeton
Projected AQs: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No, 2 Northwestern
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Bradley, No. 5 Minnesota
Note: Iowa State, Bradley and Minnesota each improved one spot since the last edition of the Regional Rankings: the Cyclones finished third at the Big 12 Championships; the Braves won the Missouri Valley Conference; the Golden Gophers finished ahead of new No. 6 Illinois in the Big Ten.
Projected AQs: No. 1 New Mexico, No. 2 Northern Arizona
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Colorado, No. 5 Utah
Note: Colorado leapfrogged Utah into the No. 4 spot. The Buffs beat the Utes in a tiebreaker for the team title at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Providence, No. 2 Syracuse
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Northeastern
Note: Providence took over the top spot following its runner-up finish at the Big East Championships, with third-place Connecticut improving to No. 4.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 4 Lipscomb, No. 5 Florida
South Central Region
Projected AQs: No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Texas
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 SMU
Note: Texas improved one spot to No. 2 following its Big 12 title. LSU moved to No. 3 and Texas A&M fell to No. 4 after finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, at the SEC Championships.
Projected AQs: No. 1 NC State, No. 2 Virginia
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Furman, No. 5 Kentucky
Note: Virginia and North Carolina traded places since Week 5. The Cavaliers beat the Tarheels at the ACC Championships, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Stanford
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 California Baptist, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Oregon State
Note: Oregon has taken over the top spot in the West. The Ducks finished third at the Pac-12 Championships to beat former No. 1 Stanford, who finished fourth.