Katherine Wright | NCAA.com | November 13, 2019

2019 cross country regionals preview: Schedule, results, live stream, teams to watch

The top men's cross country teams to watch in 2019

The cross country season is nearing a close with just one major date before the 2019 NCAA National Championships. Friday, Nov. 15 marks the coming together of all cross country programs across the country for the sport's regionals. For the first time all season, all teams will perform on the same day in their respective regional. There are nine altogether.

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The top two finishers of each regional automatically qualify for the national championships, equating to 18 immediate team qualifiers. Four of the top individuals who do not finish on a qualifying team will also advance to the national championships. The remaining 13 at-large teams and two additional individuals will be selected by the NCAA DI Cross Country Subcommittee. A total of 255 participants will be at the nationals championships. 

Before the frenzy begins, nine regionals have to take shape. Including a link to the host site's webpage, they are as follows: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, South, South Central, Southeast, West.

Unlike the regular season races when the men competed in 8ks, they will now transition to the 10k regional race in preparation for the national championship 10k race. The women continue on with the 6k.

Below is information about when and where to watch the nine regionals. We also have in depth analysis of four regionals that will have high championship implications. 

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Great Lakes 

The University of Wisconsin is hosting the 2019 NCAA Great Lake Region Cross Country Championships on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The 11-year old course played host to last year's national championships.

Live results will be posted here. 

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 11:30 a.m. CT
  • Men's 10k — 12:30 p.m. CT

Teams to watch

Men: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 13 Indiana, No. 16 Michigan, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Notre Dame

The host team and reigning Great Lakes region and Big Ten champion headlines the men's side of the Great Lakes Regional. Wisconsin finished eighth in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational behind Purdue and Indiana. If the same result happens on Friday, the Badgers will miss out on an automatic ticket to the nationals championships. Indiana followed its impressive seventh-place finish with a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, two places in front of Purdue. 

Michigan offers an intriguing matchup after finishing third at the Big Ten Championships, three weeks after placing 11th at the Nuttycombe. Momentum also favors Notre Dame with its second-place finish at ACC Championships.

Women: No. 6 Michigan State, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 11 Michigan, T-No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 24 Butler

Consistency has been the theme for Michigan State this season. Four first-place finishes at meets, including the Big Ten Championships, has set the Spartans up for another top of the podium opportunity. Two disparities came during the middle of the season, however, and the major halt was at Wisconsin for the Nuttycombe Invitational. Their fifth-place finish came in a field of 20 ranked teams. Wisconsin was one of the four teams to finish ahead of the Spartans. 

The two teams met at the Big Ten Championships, manning first and second; Michigan State bettered Wisconsin by six points. Michigan, the reigning Great Lakes region champion, followed 16 points behind the Badgers for the third spot. 

Mountain

For the first time since 2010, Utah is hosting the 2019 NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championships at the Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City.

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule:

  • Women's 6k — 11 a.m. MT
  • Men's 10k — Noon MT

Teams to watch

Men: No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU, No. 3 Colorado, No. 20 Utah State, No. 25 Colorado State

The Mountain region might be the event to watch on Friday with the three best teams in the country competing for two automatic entries into the national championship. Northern Arizona, the reigning mountain region and national champion, BYU and Colorado competed closely last year at the regional. BYU finished behind the Lumberjacks, followed by Colorado and Colorado State. The Lumberjacks are expected to win for the fourth straight year after placing first in all four of their meets this season. 

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BYU has mimicked a similar theme this season with three first place victories and one second-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Colorado hasn't shied from the upper echelon, placing second in two races this season — followed by a third and fourth place finish at pre-nationals and the Pac-12 Championships, respectively. 

Women: No. 3 BYU, No. 8 Colorado, No. 9 Utah, No. 10 New Mexico, No. 15 Air Force, T-No. 16 Northern Arizona 

Aside from a dominant performance this season by No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Stanford, BYU has jumped into the No. 3 ranking with four first-place finishes throughout the season and a second-place finish behind Washington at pre-nationals. Colorado's successful season began with two straight second-place finishes at the Wyoming and Joe Piane Invitationals.

The host of this year's mountain regional, Utah, topped the podium at the Piane Invitational, which also saw the reigning Mountain region champion, New Mexico, place seventh. 

West

Washington State is set to host the 2019 NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships, which is being held at the Colfax Golf Club. 

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 11:30 a.m. PT
  • Men's 10k — 12:30 p.m. PT

Teams to watch

Men: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Oregon, No. 10 UCLA, T-No. 11 Portland, No. 14 Washington, No. 27 Boise State

Second-place finishes at the John McNichols Invitational and the Nuttycombe Invitational led to Stanford's third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal's short two-event regular season creates a tough postseason prediction picture, so Friday's west regional should answer any questions entering the national championships. Oregon placed second behind Stanford after a 10th-place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitational. UCLA responded to Oregon's first-place victory at the Dellinger Invitational with a fifth-place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitational, bettering the Pac-12 rival five places. A ninth-place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitational spotlights the season Portland, the reigning west region champion, has had so far, as a result of scheduling less high-profile meets.

Women: No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Washington, No. 13 Boise State, No. 19 Oregon, No. 30 California Baptist

Both Stanford cross country programs are donning incredible performances this season, enough to make both strong competitors for the national title. The Cardinal with the best chance at scoring the trophy, thought, is the women, and Friday's race should be a prime example. Their first-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships bested Washington, Utah, Colorado and Oregon — the reigning west region champion. A fifth-place finish at the Joe Piane Invitational and first-place finish at pre-nationals sets the Huskies up for an interesting battle against the Cardinal for the region. 

Midwest

This season marks the open of the new Oklahoma State Cross Country Course, and in appreciation of its state-of-the-art design, the course is set to host the 2019 NCAA Midwest Region Cross Country Championships and the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships. 

The Flotrack and live results will be posted here closer to the event date. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k —10:30 a.m. CT
  • Men's 10k — 11:30 a.m. CT

Teams to watch

Men: No. 5 Iowa State, No. 7 Tulsa, No. 23 Oklahoma State

For two consecutive years, the Iowa State men's and women's teams have won the midwest region championship. But this season, the Cyclones have a key competitor in Tulsa, a team that finished third at the Nuttycombe Invitational, ahead of the Cyclones' fourth-place finish, and swept the AAC Championships. Iowa State hopes to pair its victory at the Big-12 Championships with a gold medal performance at the midwest regional.

Women: No. 22 Illinois, No. 25 Oklahoma State, No. 26 Minnesota

Placing within the first two spots is imperative for this lineup of competitors because of the automatic qualification rule. The road to the national championships is much harder and unpredictable if you place outside of the top two with the decision left to the committee to decide which teams are qualified for the title race.

Illinois has consistently stayed in the middle of the pack this season. Sixth-place finishes at the McNichols Invitational and pre-nationals have kept the Illini competitive in the rankings. Oklahoma State finished 11th at pre-nationals, five places behind Illinois. The two teams are favored to automatically qualify for the title race, but Minnesota won't give up easily.

South

Florida State hosts the 2019 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park.

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Men's 10k — 9:30 a.m. ET

Teams to watch

Men: T-No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 15 Middle Tennessee, No. 28 Alabama

Ole Miss returns as the South region reigning men's champion.

Women: No. 12 Florida State, No. 27 Ole Miss 

Florida State returns as the South region reigning women's champion.

Southeast

Virginia hosts the 2019 NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Championships at the Panorama Farms Course.

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Men's 10k — 11:30 a.m. ET

Teams to watch

Men: No. 21 Virginia, No. 22 Virginia Tech, No. 26 Eastern Kentucky

NC State is the reigning Southeast region men's champion.

Women: No. 5 NC State, No. 14 Furman, No. 23 Virginia Tech

Riding a three consecutive region championship streak, NC State is the reigning Southeast region women's champion.

Mid-Atlantic

Lehigh is hosting the 2019 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Cross Country Championship at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course.

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 11 a.m. ET
  • Men's 10k — Noon ET

Teams to watch

Men: No. 24 Villanova, No. 30 Georgetown

Princeton is the reigning Mid-Atlantic region men's champion and looking for its third consecutive region title.

Women: No. 18 Penn State, No. 28 Villanova

Villanova is the reigning Mid-Atlantic region women's champion.

Northeast

Buffalo is hosting the 2019 Northeast Region Cross Country Championships at the Audubon Golf Course.

Live results will be posted here closer to the event date. 

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 11 a.m. ET
  • Men's 10k — Noon ET

Teams to watch

Men: No. 8 Iona, No. 18 Syracuse

Syracuse's six Northeast region championship streak is on the line Friday against a tough lineup of competitors including Iona.

Women: No. 21 Columbia, No. 29 Syracuse

Columbia is favored to go back-to-back on Friday at the Northeast regional.

South Central 

Live results will be posted here

Flotrack will be live broadcasting the event. 

Schedule

  • Women's 6k — 11 a.m. CT
  • Men's 10k — Noon CT

Teams to watch

Men: No. 29 Texas

Texas is favored to break Arkansas' six-straight South Central region championship streak, with the Razorbacks receiving eight votes in the last USTFCCCA poll — 18 points behind No. 30 Georgetown.

Women: No. 1 Arkansas

Arkansas, the favorite to win the national championship, is set to make a statement at Friday's South Central regional with a try for its ninth-straight region championship.

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