2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Well, that was fun!

Here is the Week 5 edition of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Seven of the nine regions saw changes among their top-5 teams with the Northeast Region undergoing a total overhaul after a massive weekend of action.

Remember that Regional Championships Friday is set for November 12!

Great Lakes Region

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

Notre Dame and Wisconsin remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Michigan, but Indiana jumped into the No. 4 spot, ahead of Butler, which fell another spot to No. 5. Seven of the top-8 teams in the region competed at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend. The Badgers posted the most favorable result with a fourth-place finish, while the Wolverines (eighth), Hoosiers (21st) and Bulldogs (22nd) were all behind them in some fashion.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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

Villanova and Princeton remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Georgetown, No. 4 Navy and No. 5 Penn. The Wildcats won the team title at the Princeton Invitational, while the Tigers took their top team to the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats and finished seventh, three spots ahead of the Hoyas (10th). The Midshipmen cruised to a win over rival Army, which leaves the Quakers, who won the team title at the Panorama Farms XC23 Invitational.

Midwest Region

There were no 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, No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Wichita State. Iowa State, Tulsa and Minnesota went head-to-head-to-head at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend and finished in that order, headlined by the Cyclones’ victory, while the Golden Hurricane took third and the Golden Gophers ended up 15th. Wichita State beat No. 6 Bradley head-to-head at the Bradley Pink Classic this past weekend. 

Mountain Region

There were a few changes 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 Air Force soared into the No. 4 spot with Colorado State right behind at No. 5. Three of the top-5 teams competed at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats – NAU, Colorado and BYU – while the other two – Air Force and Colorado State – traveled to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend. The Lumberjacks won the team title in Tallahassee, Florida, while the Buffs took runner-up honors with the Cougars in fourth place. The Falcons finished an impressive fifth in Madison, Wisconsin, with the Rams also finding a spot in the top-10 at fifth.

Northeast Region

There were some MASSIVE changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Northeast Region.

Harvard and Providence soared into the top-2 spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while former No. 1 Iona fell to No. 4 and former No. 3 Syracuse dropped to No. 3. Stony Brooks slid down one spot to No. 5 to coincide with those previous changes. Each of the top-4 programs competed at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend with the Crimson earning the region’s best finish in 13th place. Providence ended up 19th, one spot ahead of Syracuse (20th) and Iona struggled to a 25th-place showing.

South Region

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

Florida State and Alabama remained No. 1, and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Ole Miss, but Lipscomb vaulted to the No. 4 spot, followed by No. 5 North Florida. Down in Tallahassee, Florida, at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats, the Seminoles, Crimson Tide and the Rebels all finished within four places of each other: FSU was eighth; Alabama was ninth; Ole Miss took 11th. The Bison won the team title at the Arturo Barrios Invitational hosted by Texas A&M.

South Central Region

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

Arkansas and Texas remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, but now North Texas is No. 3, with LSU at No. 4 and Texas A&M at No. 5. The Razorbacks had the strongest showing out of the region this past weekend with a third-place finish at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats. The Longhorns finished sixth down in Tallahassee, Florida, while the Mean Green, Tigers and Aggies were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Arturo Barrios Invitational.

Southeast Region

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

Furman held steady at No. 1, but is now followed by No. 2 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Wake Forest and No. 5 NC State. Three of those top-5 teams competed at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational this past weekend – Furman, North Carolina and NC State – while the remaining two – Duke and Wake Forest – tried their might at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats. The Paladins finished ninth in Wisconsin, considerably ahead of the Tar Heels and Wolfpack. Duke took 13th at the FSU Invite, two spots ahead of the Demon Deacons.

West Region

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

Stanford and Oregon remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, but are now followed by No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 4 Boise State and No. 5 Washington. Each of those top-5 programs competed at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend and finished in that order: the Cardinal took runner-up honors; the Ducks were sixth; the Bulldogs finished seventh; the Broncos were 12th; the Huskies ended up 14th, two spots ahead of new No. 6 Portland.

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

2021 Week #5 - October 18th

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

Midwest Region -- Men

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

Mountain Region -- Men

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

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

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

South Central Region -- Men

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

Southeast Region -- Men

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

West Region -- Men

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

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
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Mon 11/15
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Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
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MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/21
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