2019 Collegiate Cross Country Preview

It’s that time of year when thundering herds of collegians will descend on the greenery seeking overland glory. (MIKE SCOTT)

ALTHOUGH HIGH SCHOOL cross country unambiguously gets up and running in September, at the collegiate level it’s not so much until the month’s last weekend.

Throughout the autumn, before conference meets are reeled off, the at-large scoring system discourages any racing by teams’ big guns except in carefully strategized appearances at less than a handful of major invitationals. That’s a long excuse-making way of saying we have limited data to go on for predicting who’ll be hot come November 23, in Terre Haute, when Indiana State will host the 81st NCAA Cross Country Championships for men and 39th for women.

We do wonder if the sport is best served by the frequent decisions by power-program coaches to hold out their stars even from home meets, some of which in days of yore were major fixtures in the eyes of local fans? Formula rules over fans, especially in September in the current era.

Here are links to the 4 sections of our Div. I-based NCAA Cross Country Preview. Don’t be surprised by surprises when the Nationals go down; expect them.

Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
Men’s Individuals Women’s Individuals

Collegiate Cross Country Schedule

Invitational Cross Country
14 Commodore Classic; Nashville, Tennessee
20 Battle In Beantown; Boston, Massachusetts
21 McNichols Invitational; Terre Haute, Indiana
04 Piane Invitational; Notre Dame, Indiana
05 Chile Pepper Invitational; Fayetteville, Arkansas
Louisville Classic; Louisville, Kentucky
18 Nuttycombe Invitational; Madison, Wisconsin
19 Pre-Nationals; Terre Haute, Indiana
Div. I Cross Country Conferences
21 SWAC; Jackson, Mississippi
01 American Athletic; Memphis, Tennessee
ACC; Blacksburg, Virginia
Heps; Bronx, New York
Mountain West; Logan, Utah
Pac-12; Corvallis, Oregon
SEC; Lexington, Kentucky
Southland; Conway, Arkansas
West Coast; Van Nuys, California
02 America East; Albany, New York
Atlantic 10; Leesburg, Virginia
Atlantic Sun; Fort Myers, Florida
Big 12; Waco, Texas
Big East; Kenosha, Wisconsin
Big Sky; Greeley, Colorado
Big South; Buies Creek, North Carolina
Big West; Riverside, California
Colonial; New Market, Virginia
Conference USA; Bowling Green, Kentucky
Horizon League; Highland Heights, Kentucky
Metro-Atlantic; West Long Branch, New Jersey
Mid-American; DeKalb, Illinois
Missouri Valley; Valparaiso, Indiana
Ohio Valley; Edwardsville, Illinois
Patriot League; Hamilton, New York
Southern; Johnson City, Tennessee
Summit League; Fargo, North Dakota
Sun Belt; McDonough, Georgia
WAC; Kansas City, Missouri
03 Big 10; Columbus, Ohio
23 IC4A/ECAC; Bronx, New York
Cross Country Nationals
02 JUCO Div. III Championships; Westfield, Massachusetts
09 NCAA II Regionals (8 sites)
JUCO Championships; Albuquerque, New Mexico
15 NCAA Div. I Regionals
Great Lakes—Madison, Wisconsin
Mid-Atlantic—Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Midwest—Stillwater, Oklahoma
Mountain—Salt Lake City, Utah
Northeast—Buffalo, New York
Southeast—Earlysville, Virginia
South Central—Fayetteville, Arkansas
South—Tallahassee, Florida
West—Colfax, Washington
16 NCAA Div. III Regionals (8 sites)
22 NAIA Championships; Vancouver, Washington
23 NCAA Championships; Terre Haute, Indiana
NCAA II Championships; Sacramento, California
NCAA III Championships; Louisville, Kentucky