2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Doesn’t it feel good to see cross country in the fall again?

Well, it’s already September 13, which means Regional Championships Friday is just two short months away. We don’t mean to alarm you or anything!

Here is the Week 1 edition of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday (Remember that last week’s release was the “Preseason” edition).

Great Lakes Region

There were no changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Great Lakes Region.

Notre Dame and Butler still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Indiana. The Bulldogs and the Badgers both made it look easy this past weekend, winning the IUPUI Jaguar Classic and the Badger Classic, respectively.

Mid-Atlantic Region

There was a minor change to the order of the top-5 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Villanova and Georgetown still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Penn. Navy leapfrogged Penn State into the No. 5 spot after a strong performance at its own Navy Invitational, sweeping aside Catholic University and taking the top-13 spots.

Midwest Region

There were no changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Midwest Region.

Oklahoma State and Tulsa still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Missouri. Four of the top-5 teams have competed so far this season: the Cowboys beat the Golden Hurricane in a dual meet; the Golden Gophers finished fourth at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational; the Tigers finished runner-up at the Gans Creek Classic.

Mountain Region

There was a minor change to the order of the top-5 teams in the Mountain Region.

Northern Arizona and BYU still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Colorado and No. 4 Utah State. Former No. 7 Weber State jumped to No. 5 after a strong effort in a loss to the second-ranked Cougars at the BYU Autumn Classic this past weekend.

Northeast Region

There were no changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Northeast Region

Iona and Syracuse still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 UMass Lowell and No. 5 Providence. Both the Orange and the Crimson turned in solid efforts this past weekend: Syracuse took runner-up honors at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoes Invitational; Harvard topped Princeton and Yale at the HYP triangular.

South Region

There was a slight change to the order of the top-5 teams in the South Region.

Ole Miss and Florida State still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, but Alabama leapfrogged Middle Tennessee State into No. 4 (The Crimson Tide is now No. 3) and Tennessee held steady at No. 5. Our regional ranker noted that the Crimson Tide could have better depth than the Blue Raiders, which swapped those spots. Both the Seminoles and the Volunteers posted wins this past weekend: Florida State at the Covered Bridge Open; Tennessee in a dual meet against Louisville.

South Central Region

There were no changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the South Central Region.

Arkansas and Texas still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Arkansas State, No. 4 Rice and No. 5 LSU. Three of those top-5 teams already competed this season, with both the second-ranked Longhorns and fourth-ranked Owls picking up victories at their own invitationals.

Southeast Region

There was a minor change to the order of the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.

Wake Forest and Furman still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Duke and No. 5 NC State. But, what about No. 4? Well, that’s where North Carolina jumped four spots from No. 8 after beating previous No. 4 Charlotte head-to-head, 23-32, at the Charlotte Opener.

West Region

There were no changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the West Region.

Oregon and Stanford still sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Portland and No. 5 Gonzaga. Each of those top-5 teams opened up their season over the past few weeks and posted favorable results while showcasing their depth.

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

2021 Week #1 - September 13th

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
1notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2butlerBUTLER
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5indianaINDIANA
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6purduePURDUE
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9cincinnatiCINCINNATI
American
 ▲4
(LW: 13)
10miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11youngstown-stateYOUNGSTOWN STATE
Horizon
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14daytonDAYTON
Atlantic 10
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15iupuiIUPUI
Horizon
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

Midwest Region -- Men

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

Mountain Region -- Men

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

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

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

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2texasTEXAS
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4riceRICE
Conference USA
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5lsuLSU
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7new-orleansNEW ORLEANS
Southland
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8north-texasNORTH TEXAS
Conference USA
 ▲2
(LW: 10)
9mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10central-arkansasCENTRAL ARKANSAS
ASUN
 ▲1
(LW: 11)
11texas-am-corpus-christiTEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Southland
 NR
12lamarLAMAR
WAC
 ▼4
(LW: 8)
13incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt
 ▼2
(LW: 12)
15abilene-christianABILENE CHRISTIAN
WAC
 ▼1
(LW: 14)

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2furmanFURMAN
SoCon
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3dukeDUKE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC
 ▲4
(LW: 8)
5nc-stateNC STATE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA
 ▼2
(LW: 4)
7virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
ASUN
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11richmondRICHMOND
Atlantic 10
 ▲1
(LW: 12)
12charleston-southernCHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Big South
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13appalachian-stateAPPALACHIAN STATE
Sun Belt
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14east-carolinaEAST CAROLINA
American
 NR
15william-maryWILLIAM & MARY
Colonial
 NR

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4portlandPORTLAND
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9uclaUCLA
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10santa-claraSANTA CLARA
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12uc-santa-barbaraUC SANTA BARBARA
Big West
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14portland-statePORTLAND STATE
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15idahoIDAHO
Big Sky
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

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Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
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Tue 8/31
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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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
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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