Pre-Season NCAA XC Regional Rankings - USA Athletics Scholarships

Pre-Season NCAA XC Regional Rankings

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Divison I Pre-Season Regional Cross Country Rankings have been released. This is the results of a regional coaches’ poll. While teams can only qualify through the regional meet itself, or through an at-large bid, this gives some insight into the teams to look out for this fall. National rankings are here.

MEN

Great Lakes – Butler men are ranked in 7th in the Great Lakes Region with 2011 National Champs Wisconsin topping the pile and Indiana 2nd. Stand outs should be Curr, Anderson and Clarke. Will Indiana’s Kieran Reilly redshirt?

Mountain – New Mexico men face a tough region and are ranked in 4th spot, with Wyoming in 8th. Look out for Caldwell, Cornwall, Matheson, Bitchell and Evans.

South Central – Arkansas men look favourites to top the South Central Region with Lamar and McNeese in 4th and 5th respectively.  Look out for Flynn, Bruce-Littlewood and the Lamar train.

Northeast – Iona rank 2nd. Plenty of depth in this region with the academically elite Ivy League schools in there.  Providence are 5th, while Harvard ranked 3rd out of the Ivy League schools. Look out for Gillespie, Clorley, Clements, Cotton and Purnell.

Midwest – A very British and Irish affair in the mid-West looks different from previous years with a strong OU team relegated to 7th. OSU and Tulsa favourites to book one of the two automatic berths from the regional meet. Look out for Farrell, O’Hare, Heyes, Scott and Fayers.

South – FSU place second to in-state rivals Florida. Zak Seddon leads their charge.

WOMEN

Great Lakes – Butler sit 4th in the rankings behind three top-20 teams. Katie Clark is the leading British returner from the 2012 championships. Katie Good is the only known British addition to the Bulldogs roster.

Mountain – As is always the case with Joe Franklin coached teams, UNM ladies will be represented by a strong British contingent. These include returners Charlotte Arter & Chloe Anderson, and also newcomer  Jo Harvey.

South Central – Rapidly improving Lamar move up from 15th to 8th after signing no less than 5 post-graduate British females. If several of these make an immediate impact then expect even more improvements.

Northeast – Lots of British and Irish representatives up in the Northeast. Last years 10th placer Sarah Collins returns for #1 ranked Providence. Also keep an eye out for the progress of Iona’s Kate Avery

Midwest – Natasha Cockram and Olivia O’Hare return to represent the regions 4th ranked team, Tulsa. NCAA qualification is possible, though they will face three nationally ranked teams in the region.

South – An already strong Florida State have made a significant addition to their roster with the signing of British international Hannah Walker. UAB have also added more Brits in Kirsty Addy and Sarah Livett, they will be looking to improve on their regional ranking of 15.

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