2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Region Rankings – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Four teams jumped to No. 1 in their respective regions in the most recent NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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REGIONAL RANKINGS – 2017 Week By Week
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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 is No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region for the first time since 2015 after a strong effort at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The Wolverines finished eighth in the team standings and topped former top-ranked region rival Michigan State by two points. Michigan was led by senior Ben Flanagan, who finished 22nd individually.

The Spartans fell to No. 2 in front of Purdue, which is the new No. 3. The Boilermakers also fared well in Wisconsin as they topped several teams that were ranked ahead of them in the last regional rankings. This is the best regional ranking in the past seven years for Purdue.

Eastern Michigan and Wisconsin is fourth and fifth, respectively in Week 5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Nothing changed atop the regional rankings as Georgetown and Penn remain No. 1 and No. 2 for the second week in a row.

Princeton and Navy swapped spots as the former went from No. 4 to No. 3 and the latter fell from No. 3 to No. 4. The Tigers easily won their own invitational this weekend as they put four in the top-15 and topped Guelph by 54 points.

Penn State rounds out the top-5 for the sixth consecutive week.

Midwest Region

Oklahoma State isn’t budging from the top spot in the Midwest Region. The Cowboys rolled to a team title at the Penn State National Open this past weekend and remains No. 1, a place they have occupied every week since at least 2010.

Minnesota jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 and owns its best regional mark in the past seven years. The Golden Gophers finished 12th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend and beat both Iowa State and Illinois, who were ranked ahead of them in Week 4.

Speaking of the Cyclones and Illini, they come in at No. 3 and No. 4 this week. Iowa rounds out the top-5 after climbing one spot from No. 6.

Mountain Region

Don’t expect Northern Arizona or BYU to fall from No. 1 or No. 2 anytime soon with how they’re running. The Lumberjacks and Cougars rolled to respective team titles at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational this past weekend.

Colorado took over the No. 3 spot behind NAU and BYU following a runner-up effort at the Pre-National Invitational. The Buffs put three in the top-15, led by Joe Klecker in ninth.

Colorado State is now No. 4 after finishing sixth in Wisconsin. This is the sixth time in the past seven years that the Rams have been ranked fourth in the Mountain Region.

Southern Utah fell one spot from No. 4 to No. 5.

Northeast Region

Syracuse is No. 1 once again, but a whole bunch changed behind it in the rankings.

Iona moved to No. 2 behind the Orange, leapfrogging Columbia in the process. The Gaels and Lions went head to head this past weekend in Wisconsin and the former finished 16 places better than the latter.

Army West Point jumped one spot to No. 4 from No. 5 and Boston University soared nine spots from No. 14 to No. 5 for its best ranking in the past seven years.

South Region

Welcome back to the No. 1 spot, Ole Miss. The Rebels finished fifth at the Pre-National Invitational this past weekend and jumped over former No. 1 Middle Tennessee State.

The Blue Raiders won a tie-breaker over Alabama at the Crimson Classic and got an individual win from sophomore Jacob Choge.

The Crimson Tide remains No. 3, while Georgia Tech and Tennessee round out the top-5.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Texas squared off at the Pre-National Invitational this past weekend.

The Longhorns came out on top as they finished seventh to the Razorbacks’ ninth and took over the top spot in the South Central Region because of it. This is the first time since 2012 that Texas has been ranked No. 1 in the region and the first time since then that the Razorbacks haven’t been No. 1.

Texas A&M, McNeese State and Baylor remain No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

Southeast Region

Furman and Virginia Tech proved their mettle this past weekend and cemented their spots atop the Southeast Region for yet another week. The Paladins finished fifth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, while the Hokies nabbed fourth place at the Pre-National Invitational.

NC State moved up to No. 3 and Campbell is the new No. 4. The Wolfpack finished 15th in Wisconsin and the Camels earned eighth place in Kentucky with just five runners.

Eastern Kentucky fell from No. 4 to No. 5.

West Region

From No. 6 to No. 1: The story of the Portland Pilots.

Portland impressed this past weekend at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational as they placed runner-up behind Northern Arizona. The Pilots put three in the top-15 as Jeff Thies and Nick Hauger kicked into high gear in the final 2K of the race.

Stanford and Oregon shuffled down to No. 2 and No. 3, while UCLA remained No. 4.

Washington State jumped from No. 8 to No. 5 after it finished 13th in Wisconsin.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2017 Week 5 — October 16

national poll release: October 17
next regional release: October 30
 
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Michigan   Big Ten
3
2 Michigan State   Big Ten
1
3 Purdue   Big Ten
5
4 Eastern Michigan   Mid-American
6
5 Wisconsin   Big Ten
4
6 Indiana   Big Ten
2
7 Butler   Big East
7
8 Notre Dame   ACC
9
9 Dayton   Atlantic 10
8
10 Miami (Ohio)   Mid-American
10
11 Marquette   Big East
14
12 Oakland   Horizon
11
13 IUPUI   Horizon
12
14 Indiana State   Missouri Valley
15
15 Central Michigan   Mid-American
13
Regional Championship History2016: Wisconsin, 2015: Michigan, 2014: Wisconsin, 2013: Michigan, 2012: Wisconsin
         
MID-ATLANTIC Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Georgetown   Big East
1
2 Penn   Ivy
2
3 Princeton   Ivy
4
4 Navy   Patriot
3
5 Penn State   Big Ten
5
6 Villanova   Big East
7
7 Bucknell   Patriot
6
8 Temple   American
8
9 American   Patriot
11
10 Lehigh   Patriot
12
11 George Washington   Atlantic 10
NR
12 Saint Joseph’s   Atlantic 10
9
13 Duquesne   Atlantic 10
10
14 Rutgers   Big Ten
13
15 Pittsburgh   ACC
14
Regional Championship History2016: Georgetown, 2015: Georgetown, 2014: Villanova, 2013: Villanova, 2012: Georgetown
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State   Big 12
1
2 Minnesota   Big Ten
4
3 Iowa State   Big 12
3
4 Illinois   Big Ten
2
5 Iowa   Big Ten
6
6 Tulsa   American
5
7 Bradley   Missouri Valley
12
8 Nebraska   Big Ten
7
9 UMKC   WAC
9
10 Missouri   SEC
8
11 South Dakota State   Summit League
11
12 Kansas State   Big 12
14
13 Saint Louis   Atlantic 10
15
14 Drake   Missouri Valley
NR
15 Wichita State   American
13
Regional Championship History2016: Oklahoma State, 2015: Oklahoma State, 2014: Oklahoma State, 2013: Oklahoma State, 2012: Oklahoma State,
         
MOUNTAIN Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Northern Arizona   Big Sky
1
2 BYU   West Coast
2
3 Colorado   Pac-12
4
4 Colorado State   Mountain West
5
5 Southern Utah   Big Sky
3
6 Air Force   Mountain West
6
7 Utah State   Mountain West
7
8 Weber State   Big Sky
10
9 New Mexico   Mountain West
8
10 Wyoming   Mountain West
9
11 Utah Valley   WAC
11
12 Texas Tech   Big 12
14
13 Montana State   Big Sky
12
14 New Mexico State   WAC
13
15 Idaho State   Big Sky
NR
Regional Championship History2016: Northern Arizona, 2015: Colorado, 2014: Colorado, 2013: Northern Arizona, 2012: Northern Arizona
         
NORTHEAST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Syracuse   ACC
1
2 Iona   Metro Atlantic
3
3 Columbia   Ivy
2
4 Army West Point   Patriot
5
5 Boston University   Patriot
14
6 Brown   Ivy
4
7 UMass Lowell   America East
7
8 Cornell   Ivy
11
9 Stony Brook   America East
8
10 Connecticut   American
6
11 Providence   Big East
9
12 Albany   America East
13
13 Dartmouth   Ivy
12
14 Yale   Ivy
10
15 Manhattan   Metro Atlantic
15
Regional Championship History2016: Syracuse, 2015: Syracuse, 2014: Syracuse, 2013: Syracuse, 2012: Iona
         
SOUTH Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Ole Miss   SEC
2
2 Middle Tennessee   Conference USA
1
3 Alabama   SEC
3
4 Georgia Tech   ACC
4
5 Tennessee   SEC
6
6 Florida State   ACC
9
7 Auburn   SEC
7
8 Belmont   Ohio Valley
8
9 North Florida   Atlantic Sun
10
10 Georgia   SEC
5
11 Samford   Southern
15
12 Lipscomb   Atlantic Sun
11
13 ETSU   Southern
NR
14 UT Martin   Ohio Valley
14
15 Tennessee Tech   Ohio Valley
12
Regional Championship History2016: Ole Miss, 2015: Florida State, 2014: Ole Miss, 2013: Georgia, 2012: Florida State
         
SOUTH CENTRAL Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Texas   Big 12
2
2 Arkansas   SEC
1
3 Texas A&M   SEC
3
4 McNeese State   Southland
4
5 Baylor   Big 12
5
6 Houston   American
8
7 Rice   Conference USA
6
8 Texas State   Sun Belt
7
9 UT Arlington   Sun Belt
9
10 Louisiana-Lafayette   Sun Belt
10
11 Lamar   Southland
12
12 LSU   SEC
13
13 North Texas   Conference USA
14
14 Tulane   American
11
15 Incarnate Word   Southland
15
Regional Championship History2016: Arkansas, 2015: Arkansas, 2014: Arkansas, 2013: Arkansas, 2012: Texas
         
SOUTHEAST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Furman   Southern
1
2 Virginia Tech   ACC
2
3 NC State   ACC
5
4 Campbell   Big South
6
5 Eastern Kentucky   Ohio Valley
4
6 William and Mary   Colonial
8
7 Liberty   Big South
10
8 Charlotte   Conference USA
7
9 Kentucky   SEC
9
10 Virginia   ACC
3
11 Duke   ACC
11
12 Morehead State   Ohio Valley
13
13 Wake Forest   ACC
12
14 East Carolina   American
NR
15 North Carolina   ACC
14
Regional Championship History2016: NC State, 2015: Louisville, 2014: Virginia, 2013: Eastern Kentucky, 2012: Virginia
         
WEST Region
Rank School Conference
Last Week
1 Portland   West Coast
6
2 Stanford   Pac-12
1
3 Oregon   Pac-12
2
4 UCLA   Pac-12
4
5 Washington State   Pac-12
8
6 Washington   Pac-12
5
7 San Francisco   West Coast
10
8 Boise State   Mountain West
3
9 California   Pac-12
7
10 Gonzaga   West Coast
9
11 Cal Poly   Big West
11
12 Santa Clara   West Coast
12
13 Loyola Marymount   West Coast
14
14 Arizona   Pac-12
13
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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

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