HepsXC Impacting the Polls

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With the conference championship weekend now complete, we can fully see how the weekend results have impacted the regional and national ranking scene.  For many Ivy squads, it has given them positive momentum going into the NCAA Regional Championships that will be held on November 13th.

For the first time this season, four men’s teams are being recognized on the national polls.  Columbia and Penn both rose in the rankings to season or all-time highs.  Columbia winning the HepsXC Men’s Championship rose them one spot to the #16 ranking, while Penn’s runner-up finish jumped them from #29 to #23 (a school record ranking).  Meanwhile, Yale and Cornell are both receiving votes for the first time this season as they finished 3rd and 4th respectively last Friday afternoon.

Only three Ivy women squads were recognized in the most recent release in the national polls.  The biggest winner was Yale, who enters the polls ranked #29 after finishing HepsXC in second place.  Yale was last noticed on the national scene in Week 5 in 2012 when they were ranked #22.  Princeton remains the top ranked Ivy team – this release has them at #23, dropping three spots from the previous release.  The change in the ranking is likely just due to the results from other conference competitions.  Meanwhile, Columbia has dropped from a formal ranking to just receiving votes category.

There wasn’t quite as much movement for the Ivy teams in the regional polls.  Columbia and Penn men remain the top Ivies in their respective regions (#3 Northeast and #2 Mid-Atlantic), while Yale was the only team to have had an improved ranking (moving from #7 to #5 in the Northeast).  Princeton remained in the #5 position in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Cornell (#6), Dartmouth (#7), Harvard (#8), and Brown (#10) all remain in the top 10 in the Northeast region.  In the women’s regional polls, the Yale women are considered the best Ivy team in the Northeast region now as they improved from #6 to #3 after HepsXC.  Brown and Cornell also had improved rankings after their HepsXC performances – Brown is now #5 (previously #7) while Cornell is now #7 (previously #9).  Columbia (#4), Harvard (#9), and Dartmouth (#10) also rank in the top 10 of the Northeast region.  Princeton and Penn women both dropped one position in the Mid-Atlantic region – Princeton is now ranked #4 while Penn is now ranked #6.

The next competition for all of the teams will be the NCAA Regional Championships on Friday, November 13th.  Franklin Park will host the Northeast Regional while West Windsor Fields will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional.  In both regions, the women’s 6km race will be at noon and the men’s 10km race will be at 1pm ET.  The top two teams in the official results will get automatic berths to NCAAs on Saturday, November 21st.  The remaining team berths will be determined based on the Regional results and overall season performances (as calculated through the Kolas Calculator), while individual qualifiers will be given to athletes who finished among the top 4 individual finishers who are NOT on a qualifying team.  More details on the selection process can be found here.

Until then, we shall wait.

photo by Greg Carroccio (Sideline Photos)

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