2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – In the words of Heath Ledger’s legendary portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight Rises” … “And, here we go!”

Here is the Week 4 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. A huge weekend shook up the top-2 teams in four of the nine regions, while several shifts changed the landscape of the top-5s in those and others.

Remember that Regional Championships Friday is set for November 12!

Great Lakes Region

There were some big changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Great Lakes Region.

Notre Dame remained No. 1, but is now followed by No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 3 Michigan, who both leapfrogged Butler into the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. The Bulldogs fell to No. 4, followed by No. 5 Purdue. Both the Badgers and the Wolverines impressed this past weekend. Wisconsin took top honors at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic, putting all five of its scoring athletes in the top-10 with a 19-second spread between its first and fifth runners. Michigan finished runner-up at the Joe Piane Invitational and saw its scoring athletes pack up throughout the race and finish within 14 seconds of each other.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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

Villanova remained No. 1, but Princeton leapfrogged Georgetown into the No. 2 spot (The Hoyas dropped to No. 3). No. 4 Navy and No. 5 Penn held steady in their respective spots. The Tigers turned in a strong effort at the Paul Short Run this past weekend, finishing third behind North Carolina and the region-leading Wildcats. Georgetown struggled in a loaded field at the Joe Piane Invitational, placing 12th out of 23 teams.

Midwest Region

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

Oklahoma State and Iowa State remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Tulsa. Minnesota continued its climb up the rankings, going from No. 5 to No. 4. Wichita State found itself in the top-5 for the first time this season, while former No. 4 Illinois dropped all the way to No. 9. The Golden Gophers were idle this past weekend, but impressed two weeks ago with a fourth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational. The Shockers took runner-up honors at the Gans Creek Classic this past weekend, just 12 points behind winner North Florida.

Mountain Region

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

Northern Arizona and Colorado remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 BYU, but Southern Utah soared into the No. 4 spot ahead of No. 5 Weber State. The T-Birds and the Wildcats went head-to-head at the Joe Piane Invitational this past weekend: SUU took fifth place with three runners in the top-35; Weber State ended up seventh thanks to the strong low stick by Christian Allen in sixth place.

Northeast Region

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

Iona and Syracuse remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Harvard, but Stony Brook leapfrogged both UMass Lowell and Princeton into the No. 4 spot. Both the River Hawks and Friars slid one spot to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Stony Brook and UMass Lowell went head-to-head this past weekend at the Paul Short Run with the former coming out on top, posting a fifth-place finish, compared to the latter’s sixth-place showing.

South Region

There were some major changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the South Region.

Florida State vaulted to the No. 1 spot, which knocked Alabama to No. 2 and Ole Miss to No. 3. Tennessee moved up one spot to No. 4, while North Florida cracked the top-5 for the first time this season. It was a coming-out party of sorts at the Joe Piane Invitational this past weekend for the Seminoles, who lead the region for the first time since 2015. Florida State finished fourth in a loaded field and put two runners in the top-10 to knock off both Alabama and Ole Miss. The Ospreys won the team title at the Gans Creek Classic this past weekend.

South Central Region

There was one change to the order of the top-5 teams in the South Central Region.

Arkansas and Texas remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 LSU, but Texas A&M leapfrogged North Texas into the No. 4 spot (The Mean Green are now ranked No. 5). The Aggies took down several regional foes and placed seventh at the Gans Creek Classic. Eric Casarez captured the individual title for Texas A&M and set his second course record in as many weeks (Cesarez established an all-time best on the Aggies’ home course last week).

Southeast Region

There were major changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.

Furman leapfrogged Wake Forest into the No. 1 spot (The Demon Deacons settled in at No. 2). North Carolina held steady at No. 3, but Charlotte cracked the top-5 for the first time this season at No. 4, which pushed former No. 4 Duke down to No. 5. The Paladins shocked everybody but themselves this past weekend with a team title at the Joe Piane Invitational. The Tar Heels also won a team title – theirs at the Paul Short Run – while the 49ers finished ninth at the Joe Piane Invitational, one spot ahead of the Wolfpack.

West Region

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

Stanford and Oregon remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 5 Portland. The Huskies debuted most of their roster this past weekend at the Charles Bowles Invitational and swept the proceedings. Washington actually took the top-6 spots with a meager six-second gap between their top-5 runners. Expect major changes in two weeks, after these top-5 squads compete at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

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

2021 Week #4 - October 4th

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

Midwest Region -- Men

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

Mountain Region -- Men

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

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

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

South Central Region -- Men

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

Southeast Region -- Men

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

West Region -- Men

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

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Week 1Mon 9/13
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Tue 9/21
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Tue 9/28
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Week 5Mon 10/18
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Tue 10/19
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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
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Sun 11/21
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