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

NEW ORLEANS – Change was guaranteed to happen after an exciting weekend of racing!

Here is the Week 5 edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, which was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday. Every region had some sort of change among their top-5 programs, with three regions having new No. 1s and a completely new look to the Northeast.

Great Lakes Region

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

While Michigan, Michigan State and Toledo remain No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, Wisconsin leapfrogged Notre Dame for the No. 3 spot (the Fighting Irish are now No. 4). All five teams competed this past weekend: the Wolverines rolled to a win at the PSU National Open; the Badgers, Fighting Irish and Spartans finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational; the Rockets placed 11th in the Garnet section at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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

West Virginia climbed two spots to become the new No. 1 in the region. The move by the Mountaineers bumped Villanova and Georgetown down one spot to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. No. 4 Princeton and No. 5 Penn State held steady. The Mountaineers finished nine points ahead of the Wildcats at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, led by individual champion Ceili McCabe. The Hoyas placed 10th at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats.

Midwest Region

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

Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Illinois remain No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, and joined by new No. 5 Northwestern after a two spot improvement. All five teams had strong outings this past weekend at their respective meets: the Gophers and Cowgirls placed fourth and fifth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, followed by the Cyclones in ninth; the Fighting Illini placed ninth at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats; the Wildcats ran to a third place finish at the PSU National Open.

Mountain Region

There were several big changes to the order of the top-5 teams in the Mountain Region.

New Mexico and Colorado each climbed one spot and now sit at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The move dropped BYU to No. 3, while No. 4 Utah and No. 5 Colorado State held steady. The Lobos won the team title at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, taking down the Cougars, who finished third, while the Rams ran to a sixth-place finish. The Buffalos easily won the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats by 95 points over the second-place Utes.

Northeast Region

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

Syracuse soared four spots from No. 5 in Week 4 to No. 1 in Week 5. That dropped everyone else back one spot: No. 2 Providence, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 4 Harvard and No. 5 Columbia. Everyone raced at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend and finished in that same order. The Orange finished three points ahead of the Friars for seventh (Providence finished eighth). The Huskies, Crimson and Lions placed 22nd, 25th and 30th, respectively.

South Region

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

While Alabama held steady at No. 1, the rest of the top-5 got rearranged. Florida State leaped over Ole Miss for the No. 2 spot and bumped the Rebels down to No. 3. Spot, while No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 5 Tennessee traded places from a week ago. The Seminoles beat the Rebels by two points at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats to finish third and fourth, respectively. The Yellow Jackets ran to a runner-up finish at the PSU National Open, while the Lady Vols won the Open race at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats.

South Central Region

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

Arkansas stayed at No. 1 and followed by new No. 2 Abilene Christian after climbing two spots. Texas A&M also held its position at No. 3 as the Aggies are followed by No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Rice, who climbed back into the top-5. All five teams competed this past weekend: the Razorbacks ran to a sixth-place finish at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats; the Wildcats, Aggies and Owls finished third, fourth and fifth at the Arturo Barrios Invitational; the Longhorns raced in the Open section at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats and captured runner-up honors.

Southeast Region

There were a few shakeups to the order of the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.

NC State and North Carolina remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Liberty jumped two spots to No. 3, which bumped Kentucky and Furman down one spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Wolfpack placed second at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Paladins finished 23rd overall. At the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats, the Tar Heels, Flames and Wildcats placed fifth, eighth and 12th, respectively.

West Region

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

Washington, Stanford and Portland remain No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Oregon jumped one post to No. 4, while Gonzaga climbed three spots to No. 5 for its first top-5 appearance of the season. All five teams raced at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this past weekend and finished in that order: the Huskies placed 15th; the Cardinal were 16th; the Pilots came in 17th; the Ducks finished in 18th; the Zags came in 21st.

NCAA Division I
Women'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 -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten (2)
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6butlerBUTLER
Big East (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten (8)
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8indianaINDIANA
Big Ten (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9purduePURDUE
Big Ten (9)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11akronAKRON
Mid-American (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12ball-stateBALL STATE
Mid-American (7)
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13cincinnatiCINCINNATI
American (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14daytonDAYTON
Atlantic 10 (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15youngstown-stateYOUNGSTOWN STATE
Horizon (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12 (3)
 ▲2
(LW: 3)
2villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East (1)
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4princetonPRINCETON
Ivy League (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten (10)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10 (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7navyNAVY
Patriot (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
7none-selected(NONE SELECTED)
 NR
8pennPENN
Ivy League (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9rutgersRUTGERS
Big Ten (13)
 ▲2
(LW: 11)
10monmouthMONMOUTH
Metro Atlantic (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (12)
 NR
12la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10 (6)
 ▼3
(LW: 9)
13lehighLEHIGH
Patriot (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14templeTEMPLE
American (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 13)
15bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 14)

Midwest Region -- Women

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

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

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

South Region -- Women

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

South Central Region -- Women

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

Southeast Region -- Women

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

West Region -- Women

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

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