2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – Boom! Just like that, we saw some changes in the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings.

All it took was one of the biggest weekends in recent memory to shake things up.

Here is a list of meets that took place this past weekend, in no particular order: Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Paul Short Run, Greater Louisville Classic, Roy Griak Invitational, Joe Piane Invitational, Stanford Invitational. Regional foes squared off against each other and gave us a clearer picture of what could happen as the season continues to progress.

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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

Wisconsin strengthened its spot atop the Great Lakes Region with a strong performance this past weekend on its home course. The Badgers finished second behind meet champion Northern Arizona, which was their best placing at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational since 2014.

Coming in second this week – and setting a program record, in the process – is Purdue. The Boilermakers surprised everybody this past weekend when they finished ninth out of 33 teams and upended numerous region foes ahead of them.

The rest of the top-5 corresponds to their finishing order at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational: Michigan finished 13th – four spots behind Purdue – and is third, Indiana finished 14th and is fourth, while Michigan State finished 19th and is fifth.

Mid-Atlantic Region

From Week 4 of 2015 to Week 6 of 2017, Georgetown was the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Now, after a short spell in the No. 3 spot, the Hoyas return to roost. G’Town battled at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and finished 18th, the highest place out of any team in the region. The Hoyas put their top-3 runners in 53rd, 57th and 63rd place.

Villanova remains No. 2 following this past weekend. The Wildcats finished 20th in Wisconsin and had a solid outing from their top-2 runners, who finished 33rd and 51st overall.

Former No. 1 Princeton fell to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 Penn.

Midwest Region

Iowa State proved why it’s at the top of the Midwest Region and ranked No. 5 in the nation this past weekend at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The Cyclones placed fourth in the team standings thanks to four runners placing in the top-35. This marks the fifth week in a row that Iowa State is the top-ranked team in the region.

Oklahoma State finished 15th in Wisconsin. The Cowboys had a strong frontrunner in Ashenafi Hatte (13th overall), but would have liked to see their No. 2 through No. 5 runners finish a bit closer to him than 77th through 158th place.

Minnesota took runner-up honors at the Roy Griak Invitational and comes in ranked third this week. The Golden Gophers fell by three points this past weekend to Duke.

Tulsa and Kansas round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mountain Region

Destruction was the name of the game this past weekend for the top-2 teams in the Mountain Region. Northern Arizona, the No. 1 team in the region, rolled an otherwise stacked field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (46 points) while No. 2 BYU romped to its own team title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (23 points).

Colorado State and Air Force moved up in the rankings following their strong performances in Wisconsin. The Rams finished sixth in the Badger State, while the Falcons took fourth place.

Colorado finished eighth in Wisconsin and dropped to fifth on the list. This is the first time in program history that the Buffs have been ranked outside of the top-4 in the Mountain Region.

Northeast Region

Nothing changed at the top of the Northeast Region as Syracuse and Iona remain No. 1 and No. 2 for the seventh week in a row dating back to last year. The Orange didn’t run and the Gaels’ performance in Wisconsin (17th place) wasn’t enough to rock the boat.

Army West Point vaulted from No. 7 to No. 3 following an impressive showing at the Paul Short Run. The Black Knights finished a game third behind Utah State and Virginia Tech. This is the highest Army has been ranked in the Northeast Region in program history.

Stony Brook and Columbia round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

South Region

There is a new No. 1 in the South Region as Ole Miss takes over the throne for the first time since Week 5 of 2017. The Rebels, who didn’t race this past weekend, are still riding high off their effort two weeks ago at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.

Tennessee comes in at No. 2, its best billing in program history. The Volunteers placed 23rd in Wisconsin this past weekend and were led by the continued emergence of Zach Long.

Former No. 1 Alabama fell from No. 1 to No. 3 after a rough day in Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide only had four runners finish the race as they didn’t record a team score.

Belmont (up from No. 7) and Florida State (down from No. 4) round out the top-5.

South Central Region

There were very few changes to the South Central Region between Week 3 and Week 4.

Arkansas is still No. 1, followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 Rice. The Longhorns weren’t able to knock the Razorbacks off their perch by virtue of what they did this past weekend in Wisconsin, while the Aggies took their talents to Chicago and the Owls went up to Kentucky for the Louisville Classic.

UT Arlington jumped from No. 9 to No. 5 this week.

Southeast Region

Virginia is still No. 1 in the Southeast Region, but Eastern Kentucky is hot on its heels.

The Colonels finished 12th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational behind a strong effort by James Sugira at the front of the pack. Sugira placed fourth overall and contended for the lead throughout most of the race. EKU is now ranked No. 2, its best billing since it was No. 1 for five weeks in a row in 2016.

Virginia Tech finally got on the course and fought for the team title at the Paul Short Run. The Hokies finished runner-up to Utah State and moved up to No.3 from No. 7.

NC State and Furman round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

West Region

Nothing changed in the top-3 of the West Region as No. 1 Portland, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Washington all handled business in their most recent meets. The Pilots finished third at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational with a small spread, while the Cardinal dominated its own Stanford Invitational with 26 points and the Huskies are still wagging their tail following the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown two weeks ago.

The biggest jump of the week belonged to Boise State after it finished fifth in a stacked field in Wisconsin. The Broncos are now ranked fourth in the West Region, its best ranking since it was third four combined times between 2016 and 2017.

Oregon slid from No. 4 to No. 5. This is the first time the Ducks have been ranked fifth in the West Region since 2011.

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

2018 Week #4 - October 1st

Great Lakes Region -- Men

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

Midwest Region -- Men

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

Mountain Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2byuBYU
West Coast
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West
 ▲2
(LW: 6)
5coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12
 ▼2
(LW: 3)
6southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
Big Sky
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
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
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15utepUTEP
Conference USA
 NR

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1ole-missOLE MISS
SEC
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC
 ▲3
(LW: 5)
3alabamaALABAMA
SEC
 ▼2
(LW: 1)
4belmontBELMONT
OVC
 ▲3
(LW: 7)
5florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6florida-amFLORIDA A&M
MEAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7etsuETSU
SoCon
 ▲7
(LW: 14)
8tennessee-techTENNESSEE TECH
OVC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9lipscombLIPSCOMB
Atlantic Sun
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10north-floridaNORTH FLORIDA
Atlantic Sun
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11floridaFLORIDA
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13georgiaGEORGIA
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14vanderbiltVANDERBILT
SEC
 NR
15ut-martinUT MARTIN
OVC
 NR

South Central Region -- Men

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

Southeast Region -- Men

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

West Region -- Men

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

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
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Tue 8/28
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Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/10
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Tue 9/11
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Sep. 7: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/17
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Tue 9/18
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Week 3Mon 9/24
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Tue 9/25
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Week 4Mon 10/1
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Tue 10/2
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Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
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Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
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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