2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The first few weeks of the season shook up the most recent edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

All told, 13 different programs shifted spots since the preseason installment two weeks ago.

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
Notre Dame
Oregon
BYU
Stanford
1
Northern Arizona
2
Notre Dame
3
Oregon
4
BYU
5
Stanford
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Nothing changed at the top, though, as Northern Arizona and Notre Dame remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The Lumberjacks are the near-unanimous favorite to win the national title on Saturday, November 20, hauling in 10 of 11 possible first-place votes. The Irish, who finished runner-up to NAU this past spring, hold the lone remaining first-place vote.

Oregon leapfrogged BYU into the No. 3 spot, marking the first time the Eugene-based squad made an appearance in the national top-3 since 2016. The Ducks showcased their depth at the Lewis & Clark Opener Chase Race, posting a 24-31 victory over former No. 16 Portland. Reed Brown earned the individual title for Oregon, covering the 6.3k tract in 19:19.6.

Oklahoma State and Arkansas swapped spots from the preseason for the only other notable change to the top-15. The Cowboys are now ranked No. 6, while the Razorbacks fell to No. 7. It appears as if Oklahoma State’s strong effort to open the season – beating No. 8 Tulsa in a head-to-head race – has the program riding a wave of confidence up the National Coaches’ Poll.

Further down, both Ole Miss and Utah State jumped two spots. The Rebels went from No. 18 to No. 16, while the Aggies climbed from No. 19 to No. 17. Utah State recently opened its season at the Sagebrush Invitational, putting its top-3 runners within 10 seconds of each other.

Michigan and Harvard both improved their positions multiple spots following victories this past weekend. The now 24th-ranked Wolverines captured the team title at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational against several other top-30 programs, while the now 25th-ranked Crimson topped Princeton at the storied H-Y-P (Harvard-Yale-Princeton) triangular.

Three teams joined the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time this season: No. 28 Weber State, No. 29 North Carolina and No. 30 Purdue. This is the first time since 2015 that the Tar Heels have appeared in the top-30 of the National Coaches’ Poll.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, which is when the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships are held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 1 - September 14th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (5th)
328
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC
Sean Carlson (3rd)
309
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 oregon OREGON
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (10th)
296 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC
Ed Eyestone (22nd)
295 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (3rd)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (16th)
277 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (14th)
261 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (2)
American
Steve Gulley (20th)
239 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big East
Matt Roe (15th)
231 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 iona IONA
Northeast Region (1)
Metro Atlantic
Joe Pienta (4th)
226 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Jeremy Sudbury (1st)
217 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (27th)
210 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Andy Powell (4th)
190 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (14th)
185 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
John Hayes (6th)
174 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
154 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Artie Gulden (5th)
146 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Aaron Simoneau (1st)
143 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
WCC
Rob Conner (32nd)
128 ▼ 3
(LW: 16)
20 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (2)
SoCon
Robert Gary (10th)
117 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Marcus O'Sullivan (22nd)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (15th)
86 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 duke DUKE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Angela Reckart (1st)
69 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (7)
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (8th)
60 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (3)
Ivy League
Alex Gibby (5th)
46 ▲ 3
(LW: 28)
25 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (30th)
46 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
27 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (5)
WCC
Patrick Tyson (14th)
44 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 weber-state WEBER STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky
Corbin Talley (5th)
41 NR
29 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (4)
ACC
Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
33 NR
30 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (6)
Big Ten
Norbert Elliott (4th)
31
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Georgetown 27, NC State 25, Florida State 23, Syracuse 17, Charlotte 16, Boise State 13, Air Force 12, Texas 10, Virginia 2, Princeton 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Georgetown, No. 28 NC State, No. 30 Charlotte

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 10: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/20
Tue 9/21
Week 3Mon 9/27
Tue 9/28
Week 4Mon 10/4
Tue 10/5
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
Tue 10/19
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
Tue 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
Tue 11/16
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/20
Sun 11/21
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