2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – We are 11 days into the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country season and not much changed between the preseason and Week 1 in the Regional Rankings, which were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

There were no alterations to any top-2 in any of the nine regions as teams are still getting their "sea legs" under them and still deciding when and where to debut their top runners. Once all of that is figured out, all bets are off and the Regional Rankings will undergo a makeover, for sure.

Week-by-Week Ranking Charts

REGIONAL RANKINGS
MEN: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | All Years

The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships, which will happen across the nation on November 9, eight days ahead of the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Region

Top-ranked Wisconsin did not race and second-ranked Michigan State sent its younger runners into battle at the Jeff Drenth Memorial. The Spartans, who were led by Nick Hirschenberger, packed up in the top-20 and finished runner-up to host Central Michigan.

Indiana and Michigan swapped spots from the preseason as the Hoosiers are now No. 3 and the Wolverines come in at No. 4. Notre Dame jumped up from No. 6 to round out the top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Top-ranked Princeton competed at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational this past weekend at Penn State and ran as a group. All seven of the Tigers finished between 27:31.1 and 27:31.6 with Gannon Willcutts leading the charge.

Villanova did not race and remained stationary at No. 2, while No. 3 Georgetown withheld key impact runners at the Spiked Shoe. Fourth-ranked Penn State finished runner-up to Syracuse and fifth-ranked Penn rounds out the top-5.

Midwest Region

There wasn’t much racing in the Midwest Region and because of that, everything remained the same from the preseason. Iowa State is No. 1, followed by second-ranked Oklahoma State, third-ranked Illinois, fourth-ranked Minnesota and fifth-ranked Bradley.

Mountain Region

Northern Arizona showcased its strength at the George Kyte Invitational two weeks ago. The Lumberjacks raced all of their key athletes as they swept the top-5 scoring places en route to a perfect score. Peter Lomong won the individual title as he covered the 4.5-mile course in 22:59.3. Lomong was followed by Matthew Baxter, Tyler Day and Geordie Beamish.

BYU is still No. 2, followed by No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Colorado State and No. 5 Southern Utah. The Rams scored a head-to-head win over the Buffs at the Wyoming Invitational two weeks ago, but it’s still too early in the season to make too much of a dent in the rankings.

Northeast Region

There were no changes to the top-5 of the Northeast Region as Syracuse, Iona, Stony Brook, Providence and Boston University remain in order. The Orange, Gaels and Seawolves all competed in the first two weeks of the season, yet held out key runners. Syracuse won the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational hosted by Penn State while Iona had three freshmen who went 1-2-3 at the Marist Season Opener.

South Region

Top-ranked Alabama, second-ranked Middle Tennessee and third-ranked Ole Miss all raced, but none unveiled a true top-7 yet. Fourth-ranked Florida State and fifth-ranked Tennessee also competed, but like those teams in the top-3, have been building up to bigger meets later in the season.

South Central Region

There weren’t any changes to the top-4 of the South Central Region. Arkansas is still No. 1, followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 UT-Arlington. While all four of those teams competed in the opening weeks of the season, little was found out about their rosters as they held back many of their top runners.

The biggest jump in the South Central Region came from Rice, who popped from No. 6 to No. 5 after winning the Norry Hersey Rice Invitational over Texas, Houston and several others.

Southeast Region

Campbell debuted Amon Kemboi and Lawrence Kipkoech at the Elon Opener two weeks ago. Kemboi and Kipkoech went 1-2 and were followed by Godwin Kimutai in fourth place. Other than that, the Fighting Camels struggled to find their footing and barely held off Duke.

Not much else has been found out about second-ranked Virginia, third-ranked NC State, fourth-ranked Furman or fifth-ranked Charlotte, which round out the top-5.

West Region

Top-ranked Portland, second-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Oregon all competed in the first two weeks of the season and ran controlled efforts. The Pilots didn’t have their top-5 at either the Viking Rust Buster or Oregon XC Preview, while the Cardinal packed it up with a negligible spread at the USF Invitational and the Ducks flew together at their home opener.

Washington State and UCLA are still the fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in the region.

NCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country
USTFCCCA Regional Coaches' Rankings

2018 Week #1 - September 10th

Great Lakes Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3indianaINDIANA
Big Ten
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6purduePURDUE
Big Ten
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7butlerBUTLER
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9daytonDAYTON
Atlantic 10
 NR
10eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American
 ▲5
(LW: 15)
11indiana-stateINDIANA STATE
Missouri Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12central-michiganCENTRAL MICHIGAN
Mid-American
 ▲2
(LW: 14)
13bowling-greenBOWLING GREEN
Mid-American
 NR
14youngstown-stateYOUNGSTOWN STATE
Horizon
 NR
15iupuiIUPUI
Horizon
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1princetonPRINCETON
Ivy
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5pennPENN
Ivy
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6navyNAVY
Patriot
 ▼2
(LW: 4)
7templeTEMPLE
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9lehighLEHIGH
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10saint-josephsSAINT JOSEPH'S
Atlantic 10
 ▲1
(LW: 11)
11pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12americanAMERICAN
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13rutgersRUTGERS
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14monmouthMONMOUTH
Metro Atlantic
 NR
15george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10
 ▼1
(LW: 14)

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6tulsaTULSA
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7kansasKANSAS
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8iowaIOWA
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9nebraskaNEBRASKA
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10missouriMISSOURI
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12illinois-stateILLINOIS STATE
Missouri Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13oklahomaOKLAHOMA
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14wichita-stateWICHITA STATE
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15umkcUMKC
WAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

Mountain Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2byuBYU
West Coast
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13idaho-stateIDAHO STATE
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14texas-techTEXAS TECH
Big 12
 ▲1
(LW: 15)
15utepUTEP
Conference USA
 NR

Northeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3stony-brookSTONY BROOK
America East
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4providencePROVIDENCE
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7umass-lowellUMASS LOWELL
America East
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10harvardHARVARD
Ivy League
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11yaleYALE
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12brownBROWN
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13umassUMASS
Atlantic 10
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14buffaloBUFFALO
Mid-American
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15connecticutCONNECTICUT
American
 ▼2
(LW: 13)

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1alabamaALABAMA
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE
Conference USA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3ole-missOLE MISS
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6floridaFLORIDA
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7belmontBELMONT
OVC
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8lipscombLIPSCOMB
Atlantic Sun
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC
 ▲2
(LW: 11)
10georgiaGEORGIA
SEC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11memphisMEMPHIS
The American
 NR
12north-floridaNORTH FLORIDA
Atlantic Sun
 ▼2
(LW: 10)
13auburnAUBURN
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14ut-martinUT MARTIN
OVC
 ▼2
(LW: 12)
15etsuETSU
SoCon
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2texasTEXAS
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5riceRICE
Conference USA
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7lamarLAMAR
Southland
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8baylorBAYLOR
Big 12
 ▲4
(LW: 12)
9texas-stateTEXAS STATE
Sun Belt
 ▼2
(LW: 7)
10incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11north-texasNORTH TEXAS
Conference USA
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12houstonHOUSTON
American
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13tulaneTULANE
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14louisianaLOUISIANA
Sun Belt
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15texas-am-corpus-christiTEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Southland
 NR

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1campbellCAMPBELL
Big South
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3nc-stateNC STATE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4furmanFURMAN
Southern
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7libertyLIBERTY
Atlantic Sun
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
Ohio Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11william-and-maryWILLIAM AND MARY
Colonial
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12dukeDUKE
ACC
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13clemsonCLEMSON
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14louisvilleLOUISVILLE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1portlandPORTLAND
West Coast
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5uclaUCLA
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
West Coast
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11san-jose-stateSAN JOSE STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12californiaCALIFORNIA
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13uc-santa-barbaraUC SANTA BARBARA
Big West
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14idahoIDAHO
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15loyola-marymountLOYOLA MARYMOUNT
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 7: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/24
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/1
Tue 10/2
Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
Tue 10/16
Oct. 25-28: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/29
Tue 10/30
Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/12
Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/17
Sat 11/17
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