How Are Podium NCAA Cross-Country Teams Built?

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By LetsRun.com
November 25, 2014

The NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships always produce a ton of data and we here at LetsRun.com try to present it to you in a number of interesting ways. One of the ideas suggested to us was to show how each podium squad was assembled, in terms of where the athletes came from, which we’ve done below. The tables below show how each athlete on every podium team of the last 10 years arrived at his/her school. We’ve listed transfers, foreigners and foreign athletes who attended U.S. high schools. The data is pretty interesting and we’d encourage you to check it out.

Some of the purists prefer that teams be built with homegrown US talent. As you’ll see that usually is a losing proposition.

Key
Foreign in bold
Transfer/5th-year grad student in italics
*Attended U.S. high school

WOMEN

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2005
1. Stanford 2. Colorado 3. Duke 4. Arizona State
Arianna Lambie Christine Bolf Clara Horowitz Amy Hastings
Kathleen Trotter Liza Pasciuto Natasha Roetter Jenna Kingma
Lindsay Flacks Jenny Barringer Shannon Rowbury Anna Masinelli
Lauren Centrowitz Kalin Toedebusch Laura Stanley Victoria Jackson
Teresa McWalters Jackie Ziegle Sally Meyerhoff Rachel Ellison
Katie Harrington Kristin Hoogheem Whitney Anderson Cassie Rios
Amanda Trotter Laura Zeigle Liz Wort Corey Randall
2006
1. Stanford 2. Colorado 3. Michigan 4. Wisconsin
Arianna Lambie Jenny Barringer Nicole Edwards Hanna Grinaker
Teresa McWalters Liza Pasciuto Alyson Kohlmeier Katrina Rundhaug
Lindsay Flacks Aislinn Ryan Erin Webster A’Havahla Haynes
Amanda Trotter Claire Maduza Arianne Field Sarah Hurley
Kathleen Trotter Erin Marston Claire Otwell Ashley Benson
Alicia Follmar Emily Hanenburg Laura Glynn Maggie Hippman
Lauren Centrowitz Hilary McClendon Eileen Creutz Emily Post
2007
1. Stanford 2. Oregon 3. Florida State 4. Arizona State
Arianna Lambie Nicole Blood Susan Kuijken Jenna Kingma
Lauren Centrowitz Alex Kosinski Barbara Parker Ali Kielty
Katie Harrington Zoe Buckman Pilar McShine Kari Hardt
Alex Gits Bria Wetsch Hannah England Camille Olson
Teresa McWalters Sarah Pearson Lydia Willemse Krystal Duke
Lindsay Allen Zoe Nelson Kirsten Hagen Angela Spadafino
Kate Niehaus Brooke Giuffre Christina Woytalewicz Whitney Lemieux
2008
1. Washington 2. Oregon 3. Florida State 4. West Virginia
Christine Babcock Alex Kosinski Susan Kuijken Keri Bland
Kendra Schaaf Nicole Blood Pilar McShine Marie-Louise Asselin
Marie Lawrence Mattie Bridgmon Lesley Van Miert Clara Grandt
Katie Follett Lindsey Scherf Linzi Snow Kate Harrison
Amanda Miller Zoe Nelson Lydia Willemse Kaylyn Christopher
Lauren Saylor Zoe Buckman Christina Wotyalewicz Jessica O’Connell
Anita Campbell Bria Wetsch Kacey Gibson Ahna Lewis
2009
1. Villanova 2. Florida State 3. Washington 4. Texas Tech
Amanda Marino Susan Kuijken Kendra Schaaf Lillian Badaru
Sheila Reid Pasca Cheruiyot Katie Follett Purtiy Biwott
Bogdana Mimic Amanda Winslow Marie Lawrence Winrose Karunde
Alison Smith Jennifer Dunn Christine Babcock Caroline Karunde
Nicole Schappert Pilar McShine Allison Linnell Gladys Kipsang
Brooke Simpson Andi Palen Kayla Evans Michelle Guzman
Kaitlyn Tallman Jessica Parry Kailey Campbell Kaci Westervelt
2010
1. Villanova 2. Florida State 3. Texas Tech 4. Georgetown
Sheila Reid Pilar McShine Rose Tanui Emily Infeld
Amanda Marino Pasca Cheruiyot Winrose Karunde Emily Jones
Alison Smith Jessica Parry Purity Biwott Renee Tomlin
Bogdana Mimic Jennifer Dunn Caroline Jepleting Madeline Chambers
Emily Lipari Astrid Leutert Caroline Karunde Katie McCafferty
Sarah Morrison Hannah Brooks Michelle Guzman Kirsten Kasper
Callie Hogan Amanda Winslow Kaci Westervelt Joanna Stevens
2011
1. Georgetown 2. Washington 3. Villanova 4. Florida State
Emily Infeld Katie Flood Sheila Reid Hannah Brooks
Claire Richardson Megan Goethals Bogdana Mimic Amanda Winslow
Emily Jones Christine Babcock Emily Lipari Violah Lagat
Kirsten Kapser Justine Johnson Nicky Akande Aubree Worden
Kartrina Coogan Lindsay Flanagan Summer Cook Colleen Quigley
Annamarie Maag Eleanor Fulton Callie Hogan Kayleigh Tyerman
Hannah Neczypor Liberty Miller Courtney Chapman Jessica Parry
2012
1. Oregon 2. Providence 3. Stanford 4. Florida State
Jordan Hasay Sarah Collins Aisling Cuffe Violah Lagat
Alexi Pappas Emily Sisson Kathy Kroeger Colleen Quigley
Katie Conlon Laura Nagel Cayla Hatton Amanda Winslow
Allie Woodward Shelby Greany Jessica Tonn Kayleigh Tyerman
Annie Leblanc Samantha Roecker Justine Fedronic* Jennifer Dunn
Sarah Penney Grace Thek Julia Foster Georgia Peel
Abbey Leonardi Molly Keating Megan Lacy Jessica Parry
2013
1. Providence 2. Arizona 3. Butler 4. Michigan
Emily Sisson Elvin Kibet Mara Olsen Erin Finn
Laura Nagel Nicci Corbin Katie Clark Shannon Osika
Sarah Collins Maria Larsson Olivia Pratt Taylor Manett
Caterina Rocha Kayla Beattie Kirsty Legg Brook Handler
Grace Thek Stephanie Bulder Lauren Wood Anna Pasternak
Molly Keating Erin Menefee Colleen Weatherford Megan Weschler
Hanna Peterson Katie Good Alex Leptich
2014
1. Michigan State 2. Iowa State 3. New Mexico 4. Georgetown
Rachele Schulist Crystal Nelson Alice Wright Katrina Coogan
Lindsay Clark Katy Moen Charlotte Arter Samantha Nadel
Leah O’Connor Bethanie Brown Calli Thackery Andrea Keklak
Julia Otwell Perez Rotich Tamara Armoush Haley Pierce
Sara Kroll Margaret Connelly Heleene Tambet Madeline Chambers
Alexis Wiersma Erin Hooker Nicola Hood Kelsey Smith
Katie Landwehr Heidi Engelhardt Amber Zimmerman Sarah Cotton

MEN

2005
1. Wisconsin 2. Arkansas 3. Notre Dame 4. Iona
Simon Bairu Josphat Boit Kurt Benninger Richard Kiplagat
Chris Solinksy Peter Kosgei Tim Moore Harbert Okuti
Matt Withrow Kenny Cormier Kaleb Van Ort Mohamed Khadraoui*
Antony Ford Marc Rodrigues Sean O’Donnell Andrew Ledwith
Stuart Eagon Shawn Forrest Patrick Smyth Stephen Chemlany
Tim Nelson Seth Summerside Todd Ptacek Frank Corrigan
Christian Wagner Adam Perkins Vinnie Ambrico Adam Hortian, Jr
2006
1. Colorado 2. Wisconsin 3. Iona 4. Stanford
Brent Vaughn Stuart Eagon Mohamed Khadroui* Neftalem Araia
Stephen Pifer Tim Nelson Harbert Okuti Garrett Heath
Erik Heinonen Matt Withrow Andrew Ledwith Forrest Tahdooahnippa
James Strang Chris Solinsky Matthew Kiplagat Hakon Devries
Billy Nelson Craig Miller Abraham Ng’eitch Brett Gotcher
Bradley Harkrader Christian Wagner Adam Hortian Jacob Gomez
Pete Janson Brandon Bethke Pat Caufield Jonathan Pierce
2007
1. Oregon 2. Iona 3. Oklahoma State 4. Northern Arizona
Galen Rupp Abraham Ng’etich Ryan Vail Lopez Lomong*
Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott* Mohamed Khadraoui* David Chirchir David McNeill
Diego Mercado Andrew Ledwith Daniel Watts Morten Bostrom
Kenny Klotz Harbert Okuti Matt Barnes-Smith Jon Cardenas
Daniel Mercado Matthew Kiplagat David Jankowski Ben Ashkettle
Andrew Acosta Joe Parks Sean Fleming Justin Langdon
Scott Wall Chase Pizzonia Brian Ehlis Eric Lynch
2008
1. Oregon 2. Iona 3. Stanford 4. Wisconsin
Galen Rupp Andrew Ledwith Chris Derrick Landon Peacock
Luke Puskedra Mohamed Khadraoui* Garrett Heath Stuart Eagon
Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott* Ryan Sheridan Jake Riley Matt Withrow
Matthew Centrowitz Harbert Okuti Hakon Devries Craig Miller
Diego Mercado Jason Weller Elliott Heath Jack Bolas
Kenny Klotz Alexander Soderberg Chris Mocko Christian Wagner
Andrew Wheating Chris Vizcaino Brendan Gregg Ryan Gasper
2009
1. Oklahoma State 2. Oregon 3. Alabama 4. Northern Arizona
Ryan Vail Luke Puskedra Tyson David David McNeill
Colby Lowe Matthew Centrowitz Emmanuel Bor Jordan Chipangama
John Kosgei Kenny Klotz Moses Kiptoo Ben Ashkettle
Girma Mecheso* Danny Mercado Fred Samoei Ahmed Osman
German Fernandez Diego Mercado Julius Bor Jason Pedersen
David Chirchir A.J. Acosta Andrew Kirwa Andrew Belus
Johnathan Stublaski Jordan McNamara Jeff Palmer Simon Gilna
2010
1. Oklahoma State 2. Florida State 3. Wisconsin 4. Stanford
Gima Mecheso Ciaran O’Lionaird Mohammed Ahmed Chris Derrick
German Fernandez Michael Fout Maverick Darling Jake Riley
Colby Lowe David Forrester Landon Peacock Elliott Heath
Tom Farrell Wesley Rickman Reed Connor J.T. Sullivan
Johnathan Stublaski Alexander Smyth Phil Thomas Erik Olson
Joseph Manilafasha* Jakub Zivec Elliot Krause Riley Sullivan
Ryan Prentice Andrew Shields Miles Unterreiner
2011
1. Wisconsin 2. Oklahoma State 3. Colorado 4. BYU*
Mohammed Ahmed Colby Lowe Richard Medina Miles Batty
Elliot Krause German Fernandez Andrew Wacker Rex Shields
Ryan Collins Tom Farrell Joseph Bosshard Jared Ward
Reed Connor Shadrack Kipchirchir Christian Thompson Tylor Thatcher
Maverick Darling Johnathan Stublaski Ammar Moussa Jason Witt
Andrew Shields Joseph Manilafasha* Martin Medina Curtis Carr
Michael Brice Fabian Clarkson Blake Theroux Alden Bahr
2012
1. Oklahoma State 2. Wisconsin 3. Colorado 4. Northern Arizona
Girma Mecheso Mohammed Ahmed Jake Hurysz Brian Shrader
Tom Farrell Maverick Darling Aric VanHalen Futsum Zienasellassie*
Shadrack Kipchirchir Reed Connor Blake Theroux Matt McElroy
Joseph Manilfasha* Robert Finnerty Pierce Murphy Caleb Hoover
Shane Moskowitz Alex Hatz Connor Winter Nathan Weitz
Kirubel Erassa* Michael VanVoorhis Hugh Dowdy Cody Reed
Fabian Clarkson Alex Brill Martin Medina Alejandro Montano
2013
1. Colorado 2. Northern Arizona 3. Oklahoma State 4. BYU
Ben Saarel Futsum Zienasellassie* Thomas Farrell Tylor Thatcher
Morgan Pearson Matt McElroy Shadrack Kipchirchir Jared Ward
Blake Theroux Brian Shrader Craig Nowak Jonathan Nelson
Pierce Murphy Josh Hardin Kirubel Erassa* Jason Witt
Ammar Moussa Nathan Weitz Brian Gohlke Spencer Gardner
Zach Perrin Caleb Hoover Shan Moskowtiz Tom Gruenewald
Connor Winter Andy Trouard Joseph Manilafasha* Steve Flint
2014
1. Colorado 2. Stanford 3. Portland 4. NAU
Ammar Moussa Maksim Korolev Scott Fauble Futsum Zienasellassie*
Ben Saarel Sean McGorty Reid Buchanan Matt McElroy
Blake Theroux Michael Atchoo Timo Goehler Caleb Hoover
Connor Winter Joe Rosa Danny Martinez Tyler Byrne
Pierce Murphy Sam Wharton Woody Kincaid Alejandro Montano
Jake Hurysz Garrett Sweatt Nathan Weitz
Adam Peterman Jack Keelan Cody Reed

Some interesting conclusions:

  • This year’s Michigan State women became the first championship team, male or female, to win without a foreigner or transfer since the 2007 Stanford women. Even more impressively, six of the Spartans’ seven runners are from the state of Michigan (Katie Landwehr is from Ohio).
  • In the 10-year period we examined, no men’s teams won the title without a foreigner and/or transfer. Only three teams won without a foreign-born athlete: Mark Wetmore‘s Colorado teams of 2006, 2013 and 2014.
  • The 2009 Alabama men and 2014 New Mexico women were the only ones to make the podium without a single American non-transfer.
  • The Iona men have made the podium four times but of its 20 scorers on those teams, only two — Ryan Sheridan and Jason Weller in 2008 — were American.
  • Stanford and Colorado have had success mostly without foreigners/transfers (15 total podiums, 6 titles, 5 transfers, 1 foreign-born athlete). Oklahoma State and Oregon have had almost as much success, but are more dependent on foreigners/transfers (11 podiums, 6 titles, 11 transfers, 14 foreign-born athletes).
  • The top women’s teams are becoming more dependent on foreigners/transfers. In 2005 and 2006 combined, there were just 2 foreigners and 2 transfers. This year alone, there were seven foreigners and three transfers; there hasn’t been fewer than seven combined transfers/foreigners on women’s podium teams since 2006.

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