2021 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – It is the calm before the storm.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for Week 3 of the 2021 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Only four regions saw movement in their respective top-5s, but rest assured that we’ll see much more next week.

Regional Championships Saturday is set for Saturday, November 13!

East Region

There was a small change to the order of the top-5 teams in the East Region.

MIT and Bates remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Colby, but WPI leapfrogged Tufts into the No. 4 spot (The Jumbos are now ranked No. 5). The Cambridge-based Engineers finally opened their season in a big way, posting a strong result at the Purple Valley Classic against two other top-5 teams in the region (WPI and Tufts). We’ll get another top-5 matchup this upcoming weekend between Bates and Colby. 

Great Lakes Region

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

John Carroll and Otterbein remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Calvin, No. 4 DePauw and No. 5 Case Western Reserve. None of those top-5 teams raced this past weekend, but will certainly be hitting the course this upcoming weekend: the Blue Streaks will be at the Paul Short Invitational; both the Cardinals and Spartans will be at the Mike Woods Invitational; both the Knights and the Tigers will be at the Live in the Lou Classic.

Metro Region

There was a small change to the order of the top-5 teams in the Metro Region.

Haverford and Rowan remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 TCNJ, but Ramapo leapfrogged DeSales into the No. 4 spot (The Bulldogs are now ranked No. 5). The Roadrunners proved speedy this past weekend at the Osprey Invitational, winning the meet with 42 points over several divisional foes, including the aforementioned Lions.

Mid-Atlantic Region

There were some notable changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Dickinson. Messiah ascended to the No. 4 spot and Elizabethtown jumped one spot to No. 5. The Red Devils, Eagles and Bluejays all competed at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational this past weekend with the results in the same order. 

Mideast Region

There were a few changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Mideast Region.

Williams and Connecticut College remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, but Middlebury leapfrogged Vassar into the No. 3 spot (The Brewers are now ranked No. 4) and RPI held steady at No. 5. The Ephs and the Panthers both competed at the Purple Valley Classic this past weekend, with the former taking home the team title and the latter placing a strong third. Vassar and RPI both competed at the Saratoga Invitational with the former putting together a strong effort and beat the latter for the second time this season.

Midwest Region

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

Wartburg and North Central (Ill.) remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Washington (Mo.), No. 4 UChicago and No. 5 Loras. None of those top-5 teams competed this past weekend, but will be out in full force this upcoming weekend: the Knights host the Dan Huston Invitational, which Washington (Mo.) will attend; the Cardinals will split squad, with one group going to the Live in the Lou Classic and the other at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational; both the Maroons and the Duhawks will compete at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.

Niagara Region

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

SUNY Geneseo and NYU remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Rochester (N.Y.), No. 4 Hamilton and No. 5 Ithaca. Both the Yellow Jackets and the Continentals raced their “A” squads this past weekend to favorable results. Rochester (N.Y.) finished a strong third at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational, ending up with the same score as runner-up Roberts Wesleyan. Hamilton was sixth at the loaded Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams.

North Region

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

UW-Whitewater and St. Olaf remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 UW-La Crosse, No. 4 UW-Eau Claire and No. 5 UW-Oshkosh. Four of those top-5 squads will compete at the Blugold Invitational this upcoming weekend, as the Warhawks, Oles, Blugold and Titans all square off with a lot on the line. The Eagles travel to the Live in the Lou Classic.

South Region

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

Emory and Lynchburg remained No. 1 and No. 2, followed by No. 3 Christopher Newport, No. 4 Rhodes and No. 5 Berry, respectively. Four of those top-5 squads will compete at the Live in the Lou Classic this upcoming weekend, as the Eagles, Hornets, Lynx and Vikings all square off with a lot on the line. The Captains head to the Paul Short Invitational in Pennsylvania.

West Region

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

Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps remained No.1 and No. 2, followed by No. 3 UC Santa Cruz, No. 4 George Fox and No. 5 Occidental, respectively. Three of those top-5 teams competed at the Cougar Classic this past weekend with the Sagehens posting a notable team victory over a highly-ranked NCAA Division II program. The Stags and the Banana Slugs will square off at the Live in the Lou Classic this upcoming weekend.

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

2021 Week #3 - September 28th

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.

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1mitMIT
NEWMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2batesBATES
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3colbyCOLBY
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4wpiWPI
NEWMAC
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5tuftsTUFTS
NESCAC
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6babsonBABSON
NEWMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7bowdoinBOWDOIN
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8suffolkSUFFOLK
CCC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9southern-maineSOUTHERN MAINE
Little East
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10brandeisBRANDEIS
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Great Lakes Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1john-carrollJOHN CARROLL
OAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2otterbeinOTTERBEIN
OAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3calvinCALVIN
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4depauwDEPAUW
NCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5case-western-reserveCASE WESTERN RESERVE
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6ohio-northernOHIO NORTHERN
OAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7mount-unionMOUNT UNION
OAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8allegheny-paALLEGHENY (PA.)
NCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9denisonDENISON
NCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10franciscanFRANCISCAN
PAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Metro Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1haverfordHAVERFORD
Centennial
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2rowanROWAN
NJAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3tcnjTCNJ
NJAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4ramapoRAMAPO
NJAC
 ▲3
(LW: 7)
5desalesDESALES
MAC
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6swarthmoreSWARTHMORE
Centennial
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7moravianMORAVIAN
Landmark
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8ursinusURSINUS
Centennial
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9widenerWIDENER
MAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10muhlenbergMUHLENBERG
Centennial
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1johns-hopkinsJOHNS HOPKINS
Centennial
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2carnegie-mellonCARNEGIE MELLON
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3dickinsonDICKINSON
Centennial
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4messiahMESSIAH
MAC
 ▲3
(LW: 7)
5elizabethtownELIZABETHTOWN
Landmark
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6lebanon-valleyLEBANON VALLEY
MAC
 ▲2
(LW: 8)
7gettysburgGETTYSBURG
Centennial
 ▼3
(LW: 4)
8franklin-marshallFRANKLIN & MARSHALL
Centennial
 ▼3
(LW: 5)
9salisburySALISBURY
CAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10marywoodMARYWOOD
AEC
 NR

Mideast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1williamsWILLIAMS
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2connecticut-collegeCONNECTICUT COLLEGE
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3middleburyMIDDLEBURY
NESCAC
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4vassarVASSAR
Liberty League
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5rpiRPI
Liberty League
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6amherstAMHERST
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7st-lawrenceST. LAWRENCE
Liberty League
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8trinity-connTRINITY (CONN.)
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9wesleyan-connWESLEYAN (CONN.)
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10suny-plattsburghSUNY PLATTSBURGH
SUNYAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1wartburgWARTBURG
American Rivers
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2north-central-illNORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
CCIW
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3washington-moWASHINGTON (MO.)
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4chicagoCHICAGO
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5lorasLORAS
American Rivers
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6lutherLUTHER
American Rivers
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7simpson-iowaSIMPSON (IOWA)
American Rivers
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8central-iowaCENTRAL (IOWA)
American Rivers
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9millikinMILLIKIN
CCIW
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10cornell-collegeCORNELL COLLEGE
MWC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Niagara Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1suny-geneseoSUNY GENESEO
SUNYAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2nyuNYU
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3rochester-n-yROCHESTER (N.Y.)
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4hamiltonHAMILTON
NESCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5ithacaITHACA
Liberty League
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6nazarethNAZARETH
Empire 8
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7brockportBROCKPORT
SUNYAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8ritRIT
Liberty League
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9suny-cortlandSUNY CORTLAND
SUNYAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10st-john-fisherST. JOHN FISHER
Empire 8
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

North Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1uw-whitewaterUW-WHITEWATER
WIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2st-olafST. OLAF
MIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE
WIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4uw-eau-claireUW-EAU CLAIRE
WIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH
WIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6uw-stoutUW-STOUT
WIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7gustavus-adolphusGUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS
MIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8carletonCARLETON
MIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9saint-johns-minnSAINT JOHN'S (MINN.)
MIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10carthageCARTHAGE
CCIW
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1emoryEMORY
UAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2lynchburgLYNCHBURG
ODAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3christopher-newportCHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
CAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4rhodesRHODES
SAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5berryBERRY
SAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6washington-and-leeWASHINGTON AND LEE
ODAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7mary-washingtonMARY WASHINGTON
CAC
 ▲2
(LW: 9)
8catholic-d-cCATHOLIC (D.C.)
Landmark
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9oglethorpeOGLETHORPE
SAA
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10southern-virginiaSOUTHERN VIRGINIA
USA South
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1pomona-pitzerPOMONA-PITZER
SCIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2claremont-mudd-scrippsCLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
SCIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3uc-santa-cruzUC SANTA CRUZ
C2C
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4george-foxGEORGE FOX
NWC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5occidentalOCCIDENTAL
SCIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6colorado-collegeCOLORADO COLLEGE
SCAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7pacific-lutheranPACIFIC LUTHERAN
NWC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8lewis-clarkLEWIS & CLARK
NWC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9la-verneLA VERNE
SCIAC
 NR
10ut-dallasUT DALLAS
ASC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

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