2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Region Rankings – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – If you don’t like change, avert your eyes from the newest NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Out of 135 spots in the Regional Rankings (15 teams are ranked in each of the nine regions), only 48 remained in place from Week 3 to Week 4.

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For those who don’t know or need a refresher, the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each of the nine respective regions. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining team finishing order at the upcoming NCAA Division I Regional Cross Country Championships.

This year the NCAA Regional Championships will be held on Friday, November 10.

Great Lakes Region

Michigan State is the new No. 1 team in the Great Lakes Region.

The Spartans jumped up from No. 2 to No. 1 after top-ranked Wisconsin finished eighth at the Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. Michigan State last raced two weeks ago at the Roy Griak Invitational where it finished runner-up to Colorado State.

Indiana captured the team title at its own Sam Bell Invitational this past weekend and moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the process.

Michigan jumped two spots from No. 5 to No. 3 after its fourth-place finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational this past weekend.

Formerly top-ranked Wisconsin fell from No. 1 all the way to No. 4, while Purdue rounds out the top-5 in Week 4.

Mid-Atlantic Region

We saw a preview of the Regional Championship at the Paul Short Run – and how a team finished in correlation to the regional counterparts is how it is ranked this week.

Georgetown remains No. 1 after beating out the rest of the region and finishing runner-up to Utah State in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Penn took fourth in the meet, one spot ahead of Navy. Therefore, the Quakers come in at No. 2 and the Midshipmen are No. 3. That was a one spot jump for Penn and a one spot fall for Navy.

Princeton and Penn State didn’t run at Paul Short, but their performances at the Cross Country Classic and Cowboy Jamboree left them in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Midwest Region

Oklahoma State won the Cowboy Jamboree this past weekend in thrilling fashion over Ole Miss and remained No. 1 in the ranking. The Cowboys went 1-2 with Sylvester Barus and Hassan Abdi and followed with places No. 6, No. 10 nd No. 23 for 42 team points.

Illinois and Iowa State didn’t budge either, as the former comes in at No. 2 and the latter at No. 3.

Minnesota leapfrogged Tulsa after this past weekend. The fourth-ranked Gophers last raced at their own Roy Griak Invitational and took fourth place. The Golden Hurricane finished fifth at the Cowboy Jamboree behind Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State and Iowa Central CC.

Mountain Region

Northern Arizona and BYU both proved their mettle this past weekend – and that’s why they’re No. 1 and No. 2 in one of the toughest regions in the country.

The Lumberjacks and Cougars steamrolled the competition at their respective meets. NAU dominated at the Cross Country Classic to the tune of 19 points, while BYU crushed two ranked teams from the West Region at the Bill Dellinger Invitational and posted just 17 points.

Southern Utah upset Colorado at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational and takes over third place, while the Buffaloes fall to fourth. The Thunderbirds are expected to have a huge jump in the National Coaches’ Poll when it’s released tomorrow afternoon.

Colorado State didn’t race this past weekend and comes in at No. 5.

Northeast Region

Very few things changed in the Northeast Region during this past weekend.

Syracuse is still No. 1 and rightfully so – and is followed by No. 2 Columbia, which cemented its position after its runner-up showing at the Sam Bell Invitational.

Iona comes in at No. 3 and rested most of its top runners while the others competed at the Paul Short Run.

Brown and Army come in at No. 4 and No. 5 this week, respectively.

South Region

Nothing changed in the top-3 of the South Region rankings but Alabama could make things difficult if it finds some depth.

Middle Tennessee State and Ole Miss come in at No. 1 and No. 2, but the Crimson Tide is the most interesting group in the top-3. Alabama saw its top-3 runners finished 1-2-3 for the second meet in a row and this one was even bigger with it being the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. The Crimson Tide finished eighth as a team, but the top-end talent is there with Alfred Chelanga, Gilbert Kigen and Vincent Kiprop.

Georgia Tech and Georgia moved up to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, from Week 3 to Week 4.

South Central Region

The only changes to the top-5 of the South Central Region from Week 3 to Week 4 were McNeese State and Baylor swapping spots from No. 5 to No. 4 and No. 4 to No. 5, respectively.

Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M are still No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. Both the Razorbacks and Longhorns impressed this past weekend as the former won the Chile Pepper Festival going away and the latter beat three nationally-ranked teams in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Southeast Region

Both Furman and Virginia Tech stood out at the Cross Country Classic this past weekend and sit in prime position to make the NCAA Championships according to our ranker. The Paladins remained No. 1 and justifiably so after their runner-up finish in Louisville, Kentucky, while the Hokies – who finished third as a team in that same race – come in at No. 3.

The rest of the top-5 was jumbled up as Virginia fell from No. 2 to No. 3, Eastern Kentucky went from No. 5 to No. 4 and NC State went from No. 4 to No. 5.

West Region

Nothing changed at the top of the West Region as Stanford and Oregon are still No. 1 and No. 2 following second- and third-place finishes at the Bill Dellinger Invitational behind BYU.

Boise State moved up to No. 3 after a strong showing at the Cross Country Classic. The Broncos finished fourth in the Gold Race behind Northern Arizona, Furman and Virginia Tech.

UCLA didn’t race but is still riding high from its third-place effort at the Roy Griak Invitational and Washington moved up to No. 5 behind the Bruins after its effort in Springfield, Oregon.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 4 — October 2

national poll release: October 3
next regional release: October 16
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Michigan State   Big Ten
2
2 Indiana   Big Ten
3
3 Michigan   Big Ten
5
4 Wisconsin   Big Ten
1
5 Purdue   Big Ten
7
6 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
4
7 Butler   Big East
6
8 Dayton   Atlantic 10
9
9 Notre Dame   ACC
8
10 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
10
11 Oakland   Horizon
15
12 IUPUI   Horizon
NR
13 Central Michigan   Mid-American
NR
14 Marquette   Big East
12
15 Indiana State   Missouri Valley
13
Regional Championship History2016: Wisconsin, 2015: Michigan, 2014: Wisconsin, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Georgetown   Big East
1
2 Penn   Ivy
4
3 Navy   Patriot
2
4 Princeton   Ivy
3
5 Penn State   Big Ten
5
6 Bucknell   Patriot
6
7 Villanova   Big East
8
8 Temple   American
9
9 Saint Joseph’s   Atlantic 10
10
10 Duquesne   Atlantic 10
7
11 American   Patriot
NR
12 Lehigh   Patriot
11
13 Rutgers   Big Ten
12
14 Pittsburgh   ACC
13
15 La Salle   Atlantic 10
14
Regional Championship History2016: Georgetown, 2015: Georgetown, 2014: Villanova, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State   Big 12
1
2 Illinois   Big Ten
2
3 Iowa State   Big 12
3
4 Minnesota   Big Ten
5
5 Tulsa   American
4
6 Iowa   Big Ten
12
7 Nebraska   Big Ten
NR
8 Missouri   SEC
9
9 UMKC   WAC
14
10 Kansas   Big 12
6
11 South Dakota State   Summit League
10
12 Bradley   Missouri Valley
7
13 Wichita State   American
8
14 Kansas State   Big 12
NR
15 Saint Louis   Atlantic 10
13
Regional Championship History2016: Oklahoma State, 2015: Oklahoma State, 2014: Oklahoma State, 2013: Oklahoma State, 2012: Oklahoma State,
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
1
2 BYU   West Coast
3
3 Southern Utah   Big Sky
4
4 Colorado   Pac-12
2
5 Colorado State   Mountain West
5
6 Air Force   Mountain West
6
7 Utah State   Mountain West
7
8 New Mexico   Mountain West
8
9 Wyoming   Mountain West
9
10 Weber State   Big Sky
10
11 Utah Valley   WAC
12
12 Montana State   Big Sky
13
13 New Mexico State   WAC
14
14 Texas Tech   Big 12
15
15 UTEP   Conference USA
11
Regional Championship History2016: Northern Arizona, 2015: Colorado, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Northern Arizona, 2012: Northern Arizona
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Syracuse   ACC
1
2 Columbia   Ivy
2
3 Iona   Metro Atlantic
3
4 Brown   Ivy
5
5 Army West Point   Patriot
10
6 Connecticut   American
11
7 UMass Lowell   America East
8
8 Stony Brook   America East
6
9 Providence   Big East
9
10 Yale   Ivy
14
11 Cornell   Ivy
4
12 Dartmouth   Ivy
12
13 Albany   America East
13
14 Boston University   Patriot
7
15 Manhattan   Metro Atlantic
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Syracuse, 2015: Syracuse, 2014: Syracuse, 2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Middle Tennessee   Conference USA
1
2 Ole Miss   SEC
2
3 Alabama   SEC
3
4 Georgia Tech   ACC
5
5 Georgia   SEC
7
6 Tennessee   SEC
6
7 Auburn   SEC
14
8 Belmont   Ohio Valley
12
9 Florida State   ACC
4
10 North Florida   Atlantic Sun
9
11 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
13
12 Tennessee Tech   Ohio Valley
10
13 Florida   SEC
11
14 UT Martin   Ohio Valley
NR
15 Samford   Southern
8
Regional Championship History2016: Ole Miss, 2015: Florida State, 2014: Ole Miss, 2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Arkansas   SEC
1
2 Texas   Big 12
2
3 Texas A&M   SEC
3
4 McNeese State   Southland
5
5 Baylor   Big 12
4
6 Rice   Conference USA
6
7 Texas State   Sun Belt
7
8 Houston   American
8
9 UT Arlington   Sun Belt
9
10 Louisiana-Lafayette   Sun Belt
11
11 Tulane   American
10
12 Lamar   Southland
12
13 LSU   SEC
13
14 North Texas   Conference USA
14
15 Incarnate Word   Southland
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Arkansas, 2015: Arkansas, 2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Furman   Southern
1
2 Virginia Tech   ACC
3
3 Virginia   ACC
2
4 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
5
5 NC State   ACC
4
6 Campbell   Big South
6
7 Charlotte   Conference USA
8
8 William and Mary   Colonial
9
9 Kentucky   SEC
7
10 Liberty   Big South
10
11 Duke   ACC
11
12 Wake Forest   ACC
12
13 Morehead State   Ohio Valley
NR
14 North Carolina   ACC
15
15 George Mason   Atlantic 10
13
Regional Championship History2016: NC State, 2015: Louisville, 2014: Virginia, 2013: Eastern Kentucky, 2012: Virginia
         
WEST Region
Rank School
Last Week
1 Stanford   Pac-12
1
2 Oregon   Pac-12
2
3 Boise State   Mountain West
6
4 UCLA   Pac-12
5
5 Washington   Pac-12
8
6 Portland   West Coast
4
7 California   Pac-12
7
8 Washington State   Pac-12
3
9 Gonzaga   West Coast
10
10 San Francisco   West Coast
11
11 Cal Poly   Big West
9
12 Santa Clara   West Coast
13
13 Arizona   Pac-12
12
14 Loyola Marymount   West Coast
NR
15 Cal State Fullerton   Big West
15
Regional Championship History2016: Stanford, 2015: Washington, 2014: Oregon, 2013: Stanford, 2012: Stanford

 

USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
Tue 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time