It looks like the Ivy League is finally getting some respect in cross country.
LetsRun.com, a running news/community website founded by two Ivy League alumni and a former Ivy League coach, announced on their website today that the Ivy League is this year’s most powerful cross country conference, based on having the highest percentage of a conference’s squad qualifying for NCAAs at Terre Haute, Ind. this Saturday.
The League has 7 of its 16 teams (43.75%) qualify for the Big Dance: Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton men, and Cornell, Dartmouth, and Princeton women. The calculations did not include any individual at-large bids.
The League is among one of the smallest athletic conferences in the country, as other cross-country powerhouse conferences like the PAC-12, Big 10, Big East, and ACC typically have 20+ teams, and the conference makeup seems to change every year.
In terms of the strength of each athletic conference, LetsRun gives that award to the PAC-12 as that conference has 5 squads ranked in the top 10 in both the latest men’s and women’s polls.
What do you think – is the Ivy League the most powerful distance conference in the country?