2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – The biggest weekend of the cross country regular season rocked the ensuing NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Rankings that were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the nine regions saw some kind of change in its hierarchy, some more pronounced than others. And seven of the nine regions have a new-look top-5.  

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. This year, the NCAA Regional Championships will be held on Friday, November 9, eight days ahead of the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Region

Teams from the Great Lakes Region, minus top-ranked Wisconsin, went head to head in the White Race at the Pre-National Invitational this past weekend and the results from that 8K effort fall in line with what you see today.

Notre Dame was the best of the bunch as it placed fifth in Madison, Wisconsin. The Irish jumped four spots between Week 4 and Week 5 and come in ranked second. This is the first time since Week 1 of the 2013 season that Notre Dame has been ranked in the top-2.

Purdue finished seventh this past weekend and slid one spot from No. 2 to No. 3. Indiana was right behind Purdue in eighth and comes in ranked fourth, while Michigan dropped two spots to fifth after an 11th-place showing in the Cardinal Race this past weekend.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Princeton and Villanova went toe to toe this past weekend at the Princeton Cross Country Invitational and to the victor go the spoils. The Tigers topped the Wildcats by a score of 37 to 47 and surged to the top of the Mid-Atlantic Region. This is the fourth time this season alone that Princeton has been ranked No. 1 in the region.

With the Tigers jumping two spots, it pushed Georgetown and Villanova down one spot each to No.2 and No. 3, respectively.

Penn jumped one spot from No. 5 to No. 4, while Penn State fell from No. 4 to No. 5.

Midwest Region

Nothing changed at the top of the Midwest Region as Iowa State and Oklahoma State sit No. 1 and No. 2 for the fifth week in a row. The Cowboys tuned up for their showdown against the Cyclones at the Big 12 Championships with a runner-up finish at the Arturo Barrios Invitational hosted by Texas A&M.

Bradley was the big gainer this week as it jumped three spots from No. 7 to No. 4, right behind Tulsa. The Braves match their best ranking in program history following a victory at their own Pink Classic this past weekend over NCAA DII powerhouse Grand Valley State and Illinois.

Minnesota rounds out the top-5 in fifth after falling two spots from Week 4.

Mountain Region

Don’t expect any changes to the top of the Mountain Region after what Northern Arizona and BYU showed this past weekend. Both the Lumberjacks and the Cougars steamrolled their way to team titles at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational.

Colorado answered the bell as well and jumped two spots from Week 4 to Week 5. The Buffs finished third in the Cardinal Race in Madison, Wisconsin and put two runners in the top-10.

Wyoming opened a lot of eyes this past weekend and soared five spots from No. 9 to a program-record No. 4. The Cowboys finished fifth in the Cardinal Race, ahead of a number of region foes. Paul Roberts led Wyoming’s charge with a 12th-place finish.

Colorado State rounds out the top-5 after falling two spots from Week 4.

Northeast Region

Syracuse remains No. 1, but there is a new No. 2 team.

Harvard jumped six spots to a program-record No. 2 this week following its strong showing at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. The Crimson finished 13th in the White Race as Hugo Milner led the way in 21st place.

Army West Point and Stony Book remain cemented in third and fourth, while Dartmouth jumped one spot from No. 6 to No. 5. Former No. 2 Iona is ranked sixth this week.

South Region

There weren’t any changes to the top-5 this week in the South Region.

Ole Miss remains No. 1, followed by No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Belmont and No. 5 Florida State. We’ll see those top-3 teams go head to head to head in two weeks at the SEC Championships.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Texas sit No. 1 and No. 2 for the fifth week in a row.

UTRGV jumped eight spots from Week 4 to Week 5. The Vaqueros finished fifth at the Arturo Barrios Invitational this past weekend and toppled several region foes in the process. This is the first time in UTRGV program history that it has been ranked in the top-10, let alone the top-3.

Texas A&M slid one spot from No. 3 to No. 4, while Lamar remained at No. 5.

Southeast Region

Virginia and Eastern Kentucky continue to lead the charge in the Southeast Region. The Cavaliers and the Colonels were tied at the hip this past weekend as they both competed at the Penn State National Open. Virginia snagged the all-important meet title with 61 points, while EKU finished a game runner-up with 77 points.

Furman bounced back this past weekend with a strong effort at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. The Paladins finished eighth in the Cardinal Race and jumped two spots to No. 3.

North Carolina finished sixth at the Penn State National Open this past weekend and moved up five spots from Week 4 because of it. The Tar Heels are now ranked No. 4 in the region, their best billing since Week 1 of 2015 when they were third.

Wake Forest surged from No. 11 to No. 6 this week. That is the best ranking in program history for the Demon Deacons.

West Region

Nothing changed in the top-5 of the West Region between Week 4 and Week 5.

Top-ranked Portland, second-ranked Stanford, third-ranked Washington and fifth-ranked Oregon all ran at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational this past weekend to varying degrees of success. The Pilots’ “B” team finished ninth in the White Race, while full-strength Cardinal and Husky squads were distant runner-ups in the Cardinal Race and White Race, respectively. The Ducks were fourth as a team in the Cardinal Race, led by James West.

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

2018 Week #5 - October 15th

About this Product
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Coaches’ 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 a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Great Lakes Region -- Men

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

Midwest Region -- Men

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

Mountain Region -- Men

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

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

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

South Central Region -- Men

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

Southeast Region -- Men

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

West Region -- Men

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

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI 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
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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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/2
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Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/25Oct. 25-28: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 11/1Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Sun 11/11
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/14Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/9
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/17
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/21
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