What Your Wisconsin/Pre-Nats Result Says About Your NCAA Finish

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The biggest weekend of NCAA cross country is nearly upon us. With nearly every team racing at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invite and adidas Pre-Nationals, what exactly are we going to learn from the results?

The last four NCAA men's champions won Wisconsin or Pre-Nats, and two of the last three most recent women's champions (New Mexico and Michigan State) both earned victories in Wisconsin before winning in November. Whatever teams win in Madison and Terre Haute this weekend are almost certainly extremely good.

Your finish at Wisconsin or Pre-Nats doesn't necessarily guarantee a podium/top-four finish. The 2009-2012 Oklahoma State men avoided both meets altogether and won three titles and earned one runner-up finish in those four years. The Michigan women won Pre-Nats in 2015--over Colorado and Oregon!--and finished just sixth at the NCAA championships.

But since 2012, nearly every single men's and women's podium team at NCAAs has finished in the top six at either Wisconsin or Pre-Nats a month earlier. A few teams didn't run their A squads or go to those meets at all. But the 2013 NAU men, who finished 13th at Wisco and fourth at NCAAs, are the only men's or women's team to finish in the top four at nationals the last four years after having an A team finish outside the top six at Pre-Nats or Wisconsin. Take a look at the data yourself.

The Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC Invite will be LIVE on FloTrack Friday, October 13, and the adidas Pre-Nationals will be LIVE on FloTrack  Saturday, October 14.

Men


NCAA Champions 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​MEN ​2016 ​1 ​NAU ​WISCO 1​
MEN 2015 1 Syracuse WISCO 1
MEN 2014 1 Colorado PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2013 1 Colorado PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2012 1 OK State - -
MEN 2011 1 Wisconsin WISCO 1
MEN 2010 1 OK State - -
MEN 2009 1 OK State - -

NCAA Runners-Up 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​MEN ​2016 ​2 ​Stanford ​WISCO ​2
MEN 2015 2 Colorado PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2014 2 Stanford WISCO 5
MEN 2013 2 NAU WISCO 1
MEN 2012 2 Wisconsin WISCO 17*
MEN 2011 2 OK State - -
MEN 2010 2 FSU PRE-NATS 3
MEN 2009 2 Oregon PRE-NATS 1

NCAA Third-Place Teams 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​MEN ​2016 ​3 ​Syracuse WISCO​ ​4
MEN 2015 3 Stanford WISCO 21*
MEN 2014 3 Portland WISCO 4
MEN 2013 3 OK State PRE-NATS 7*
MEN 2012 3 Colorado PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2011 3 Colorado PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2010 3 Wisconsin WISCO 2
MEN 2009 3 Alabama PRE-NATS 2
*Ran a B squad


NCAA Fourth-Place Teams 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​MEN ​2016 ​4 ​Mississippi ​- ​-
MEN 2015 4 Oregon PRE-NATS 2
MEN 2014 4 NAU WISCO 6
MEN 2013 4 BYU WISCO 2
MEN 2012 4 NAU WISCO 13
MEN 2011 4 BYU WISCO 2
MEN 2010 4 Stanford PRE-NATS 1
MEN 2009 4 NAU PRE-NATS 3


Women


NCAA Champions 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​WOMEN ​2016 ​1 ​Oregon ​PRE-NATS ​2
WOMEN 2015 1 New Mexico WISCO 1
WOMEN 2014 1 MSU WISCO 1
WOMEN 2013 1 Providence WISCO 3
WOMEN 2012 1 Oregon PRE-NATS 2
WOMEN 2011 1 Georgetown PRE-NATS 2
WOMEN 2010 1 Villanova - -
WOMEN 2009 1 Villanova - -

NCAA Runners-Up 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​WOMEN ​2016 ​2 ​Michigan ​PRE-NATS ​3
WOMEN 2015 2 Colorado PRE-NATS 2
WOMEN 2014 2 Iowa State WISCO 3
WOMEN 2013 2 Arizona WISCO 1
WOMEN 2012 2 Providence WISCO 6
WOMEN 2011 2 Washington WISCO 1
WOMEN 2010 2 Florida State PRE-NATS A 1
WOMEN 2009 2 Florida State PRE-NATS B 2

NCAA Third-Place Teams 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​WOMEN ​2016 ​3 ​Colorado ​PRE-NATS ​1
WOMEN 2015 3 Oregon PRE-NATS 3
WOMEN 2014 3 New Mexico WISCO 6
WOMEN 2013 3 Butler PRE-NATS 3
WOMEN 2012 3 Stanford WISCO 2
WOMEN 2011 3 Villanova WISCO 4
WOMEN 2010 3 Texas Tech - -
WOMEN 2009 3 Washington PRE-NATS A 1

NCAA Fourth-Place Teams 2009-2015
SEX YR NCAA SCHOOL MEET PLACE
​WOMEN ​2016 ​4 ​NC State ​WISCO ​2
WOMEN 2015 4 Providence WISCO 5
WOMEN 2014 4 Georgetown PRE-NATS 1
WOMEN 2013 4 Michigan PRE-NATS 6
WOMEN 2012 4 Florida State PRE-NATS 1
WOMEN 2011 4 Florida State PRE-NATS 1
WOMEN 2010 4 Georgetown PRE-NATS B 1
WOMEN 2009 4 Texas Tech - -


The Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC Invite will be LIVE on FloTrack Friday, October 13, and the adidas Pre-Nationals will be LIVE on FloTrack Saturday, October 14.

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