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

NEW ORLEANS – As the early season gets underway and results come in, here is the Week 1 iteration of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.

All of our top-2 teams from the preseason held steady going into Week 1, while several changes occurred among the remaining ranks.

Great Lakes Region

There was a bit of a shakeup to the order of the top-5 teams in the Great Lakes Region.

While Michigan State, Michigan and Indiana remain at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, Wisconsin jumped two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 after opening up the season with a win at the Badger Classic. Notre Dame fell one spot to No. 5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Georgetown and Princeton remain at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 West Virginia, No. 4 Villanova and No. 5 Penn State. The Hoyas and Tigers both earned impressive wins at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational and the HYP Triangular, respectively.

Midwest Region

There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the Midwest Region.

No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Illinois continue to sit among the top of the region, while No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Iowa State and No. 5 Loyola-Chicago remained steady. All five teams have competed so far this season, with the Cowboys and Cyclones each picking up wins in their respective competitions.

Mountain Region

There was a small change among the top-5 teams in the Mountain Region.

While BYU and New Mexico remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, No. 3 Northern Arizona jumped ahead of now No. 4 Colorado after winning the George Kyte Classic, and Colorado State held steady at No. 5.

Northeast Region

There was a small change among the top-5 teams in the Northeast Region.

While UConn and Providence held steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Boston College improved one spot to No. 3. The Golden Eagles opened up their season with a strong second place finish at the Ken O’Brien Minuteman Invitational behind the Huskies. Syracuse fell one spot to No. 4, with No. 5 Harvard staying put from the Preseason ranking.

South Region

There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the South Region.

Alabama and Ole Miss stayed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 5 Tennessee. All five teams were in competition the past few weekends and four earned victories: Ole Miss, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

South Central Region

There was a shakeup among the top-5 teams in the South Central Region.

While No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas held steady from the preseason, Texas A&M climbed three spots to No. 3 after winning the Aggie Opener two weekends ago. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who was previously not ranked in the preseason, soared to No. 4 in Week 1. The Islanders narrowly edged out Rice at the 45th Rice Invitational, 40-42. LSU remained steady at No. 5 to round out the top teams.

Southeast Region

There was a bit of a shakeup among the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.

While NC State and North Carolina remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the next three spots saw some changes. No. 3 Furman improved one spot after winning their home invitational and bumped Kentucky to No. 4. Rounding out the top-5 is Duke with a one spot improvement after capturing the win at the Elon Opener.

West Region

There was one change among the top-5 teams in the West Region.

While Stanford, Washington, Boise State and Oregon State remained at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, Oregon improved three spots to come in at No. 5. The Ducks swept the top-7 spots en route to a win at the Lewis & Clark Opener.

NCAA Division I
Women'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 -- Women

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

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

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5loyola-chicagoLOYOLA-CHICAGO
Missouri Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6tulsaTULSA
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7missouriMISSOURI
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8northwesternNORTHWESTERN
Big Ten
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9iowaIOWA
Big Ten
 NR
10wichita-stateWICHITA STATE
American
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12kansasKANSAS
Big 12
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13illinois-stateILLINOIS STATE
Missouri Valley
 NR
14northern-iowaNORTHERN IOWA
Missouri Valley
 NR
15south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA
Summit League
 NR

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1connecticutCONNECTICUT
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2providencePROVIDENCE
Big East
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3boston-collegeBOSTON COLLEGE
ACC
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5harvardHARVARD
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8umass-lowellUMASS LOWELL
America East
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9yaleYALE
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11northeasternNORTHEASTERN
Colonial
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13vermontVERMONT
America East
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14binghamtonBINGHAMTON
America East
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1alabamaALABAMA
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2ole-missOLE MISS
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE
Conference USA
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7vanderbiltVANDERBILT
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8floridaFLORIDA
SEC
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9georgiaGEORGIA
SEC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10mississippi-stateMISSISSIPPI STATE
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11lipscombLIPSCOMB
ASUN
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12auburnAUBURN
SEC
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13ucfUCF
American
 NR
14miami-flaMIAMI (FLA.)
ACC
 NR
15chattanoogaCHATTANOOGA
SoCon
 NR

South Central Region -- Women

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

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3furmanFURMAN
SoCon
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5dukeDUKE
ACC
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6libertyLIBERTY
ASUN
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7elonELON
Colonial
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10richmondRICHMOND
Atlantic 10
 NR
11charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC
 ▼1
(LW: 11)
13george-masonGEORGE MASON
Atlantic 10
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14appalachian-stateAPPALACHIAN STATE
Sun Belt
 NR
15radfordRADFORD
Big South
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 ▲3
(LW: 8)
6san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7uc-davisUC DAVIS
Big West
 ▲6
(LW: 13)
8portlandPORTLAND
WCC
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 ▼5
(LW: 5)
11california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12uclaUCLA
Pac-12
 NR
13idahoIDAHO
Big Sky
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West
 NR
15santa-claraSANTA CLARA
WCC
 NR

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