2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – It’s glorious!

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 5 of the 2021 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Incredible racing at both the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational shook up the index in a big way.

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
Iowa State
Colorado
Stanford
Oklahoma State
1
Northern Arizona
2
Iowa State
3
Colorado
4
Stanford
5
Oklahoma State
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

There is a unanimous No. 1 program the first time since Week 7 of the 2018 season, as Northern Arizona has now collected all 11 first-place votes available. The Lumberjacks made a statement at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats this past weekend as they romped to the team title with 64 points and were the only team with three runners in the top-10. Abdihamid Nur has led NAU in each of his team races, placing third at the Cowboy Jamboree and fourth in Tallahassee.

Iowa State vaulted to No. 2 after its surprising team title at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend. The Cyclones, behind co-National Athlete of the Week Wesley Kiptoo’s individual title, only had one top-10 athlete (Kiptoo), but saw their next four runners finish within seven seconds of each other. Kiptoo was historically fast on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, clocking the second fastest time in meet history (fastest since 2012).

Colorado jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 after its runner-up showing at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats. The Buffs matched former No. 8, now No. 6 Arkansas point-for-point on the Apalachee Regional Park Cross Country Course, but when the dust settled, CU nabbed the 3-2 advantage. This is the first time that the Buffs have been ranked among the top-3 programs since 2019.

Further down, the third-, fourth-, fifth and seventh-place teams from the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational saw ranking improvement: third-place Tulsa jumped three spots from No. 12 to back in the top-10 at No. 9; fourth-place Wisconsin moved up one spot from No. 11 to No. 10; fifth-place Air Force soared 19 spots from No. 30 to No. 11, its best ranking since 2018; seventh-place Gonzaga sprinted six spots from No. 19 to a program-high No. 13.

There were three other programs who were already ranked in the National Coaches’ Poll that made notable jumps: Texas is back at No. 14 – matching its best ranking since 2013 – after a 10-spot jump from Week 4, following a sixth-place finish at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats; Portland climbed nine spots from No. 26 to No. 17 after a strong finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and steamrolling the field at the Lewis & Clark Invite; Utah State romped eight spots from No. 29 to No. 21 thanks to an 11th-place effort in Madison, Wisconsin.

Seven different programs joined the fray after either receiving votes in previous editions or not being mentioned at all: Princeton went from RV to No. 18; Colorado State went from NR to No. 19; Boise State went from RV to No. 23; Harvard went from RV to No. 25; Georgetown went from RV to No. 27; Minnesota went from NR to No. 29; Montana State went from NR to No. 30.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because that’s when the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. You can watch all of the action commercial-free on ESPNU.

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

2021 Week 5 - October 19th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (5th)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Jeremy Sudbury (1st)
303 ▲ 4
(LW: 6)
3 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Mark Wetmore (27th)
296 ▲ 4
(LW: 7)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (2)
J.J. Clark (3rd)
294 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (16th)
290 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (14th)
285 ▲ 2
(LW: 8)
7 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (22nd)
265 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC (1)
Sean Carlson (3rd)
255 ▼ 6
(LW: 2)
9 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (20th)
250 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (14th)
235 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Ryan Cole (8th)
217 ▲ 19
(LW: 30)
12 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (10th)
207 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (3)
WCC (2)
Patrick Tyson (14th)
191 ▲ 6
(LW: 19)
14 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Pete Watson (4th)
190 ▲ 10
(LW: 24)
15 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (2)
Kevin Sullivan (8th)
171 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (10th)
159 ▼ 6
(LW: 10)
17 portland PORTLAND
West Region (6)
WCC (3)
Rob Conner (32nd)
132 ▲ 9
(LW: 26)
18 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (10th)
128
(LW: RV)
19 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (1)
ACC (5)
Bob Braman (18th)
124 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
19 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (4)
Art Siemers (10th)
124 NR
21 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (3)
Artie Gulden (5th)
114 ▲ 8
(LW: 29)
22 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (2)
SEC (4)
Dan Waters (11th)
108 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (4)
Mountain West (2)
Corey Ihmels (9th)
91
(LW: RV)
24 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East (3)
Marcus O'Sullivan (22nd)
82 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (1)
Ivy League (2)
Alex Gibby (5th)
79
(LW: RV)
26 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (3)
Andy Powell (4th)
64 ▼ 13
(LW: 13)
27 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Big East (2)
Brandon Bonsey (6th)
56
(LW: RV)
28 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (3)
SEC (2)
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
40 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (4)
Big Ten (3)
Sarah Hopkins (1st)
37 NR
30 montana-state MONTANA STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Big Sky (3)
Lyle Weese (4th)
25 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Duke 23, Southern Utah 20, North Carolina 10, California Baptist 6, Providence 4, Syracuse 4, Wake Forest 2

Dropped Out: No. 14 Iona, No. 16 Butler, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 21 Southern Utah, No. 25 Weber State, No. 27 Syracuse, 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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/21
MEN | WOMEN
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