NCAA XC Conferences Explained - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA XC Conferences Explained


As we have explained before, the cross country seasonal structure differs greatly between the UK and NCAA.  The UK cross country season meanders along through the winter with many different races, leagues, and championships taking place between October and March. Commitments to compete for school, club, county, and country can all make for a long hard season.

This schedule could hardly be more different to the NCAA. The three month collegiate season is essentially split into two halves; regular season and championship season. We are now at the midway point and this weekend’s conference action sees the start of championship season.

In case you need reminding or are new to following collegiate athletics it is worth reiterating what a conference is. Conferences are groups of schools who compete against each other. They are often schools of similar status and size, are there is usually a large amount of geographical proximity between the schools within a conference. There is huge diversity between the different conferences and some a lot stronger than others. This will be clearly reflected in results. Much discussion has taken place in recent years regarding a mass conference shake up. Schools can and do move conferences at times, and although largely football (American) related, it will still have implications across the all other sports.

Whilst there is no such thing as conferences in British university sport, The Russell Group of universities in the UK could be one example if they competed athletically against each other.

With the basics outlined, we have listed the various conference meets taking place this weekend where known British and Irish interest can be found.


Conference Teams with British or Irish interest
ACC Florida State
Big 12 Oklahoma State
Big East De Paul, Providence
Conference USA Tulsa
Horizon Butler
Ivy Dartmouth, Harvard
Metro Atlantic Iona
Mountain West New Mexico
SEC Alabama, Arkansas
Southland Lamar, McNeese State
West Coast Portland


Conference Teams with British or Irish interest
ACC Florida State
Big 12 Iowa State
Big East Providence
Conference USA Tulsa, Memphis, UAB
Horizon Butler
Ivy Princeton
Metro Atlantic Iona
Mountain West Utah, New Mexico
Southland Lamar, McNeese State

Full reviews will be available once the races are completed; most likely this will be Tuesday of next week.

As always we are doing our best to try and include as many British and Irish athletes as possible in our write ups. However, we know we will have missed some so please do contact us if you know of any omissions.

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