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

NEW ORLEANS – Another busy weekend led to several shakeups.

Here is the Week 5 edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon.

Atlantic Region

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

Charleston (W.VA.) and Edinboro remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Concord, No. 4 Shippensburg and No. 5 Slippery Rock. Four of the five teams competed this past weekend: the Golden Eagles won the team title at the Royals XC Challenge with the Fighting Scots coming in seventh; the Mountain Lions won the Concord Alumni Invitational; the Rock placed second at the Bill Lennox Invitational.

Central Region

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

Augustana (S.D.), Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern remain No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Neb.-Kearney leapfrogged Northwest Missouri for the No. 4 spot (the Bearcats are now No. 5). The Gorillas and Lions placed first and fifth, respectively, at the UAH Invitational, while the Lopers and Bearcats went 2-3 in the Gold section at Fort Hayes.

East Region

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

American International and Southern Connecticut remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. No. 3 Stonehill and No. 4 Roberts Wesleyan each gained one spot from their Week 4 billings, which dropped No. 5 Franklin Pierce down two spots. The Yellow Jackets solidified their ranking after racing a full squad for the first time this season, narrowly falling to NCAA Division I Dartmouth, 60-78, at the New England Championships.

Midwest Region

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

Grand Valley State, Southern Indiana and Lewis remain No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Wayne State improved one spot to No. 4, which dropped Walsh to No. 5. The Warriors beat the Cavaliers by three points at the Lewis Conference Crossover for fourth and fifth, respectively, while the Flyers placed second in the field. 

South Region

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

Lee (Tenn.) is now No. 1 after beating former No. 1 (now No. 2) Alabama-Huntsville at the UAH Invitational to finish second and third, respectively. No. 3 Mississippi College held steady, and now followed by No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 5 Florida Southern, who traded places from Week 4. The Eagles placed sixth at the UAH Invitational behind several nationally-ranked teams.

South Central Region

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

Colorado School of Mines and Adams State remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Colorado Christian, No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs and No. 5 Western Colorado. While four of the teams either ran their reserve runners or were idle, the Cougars solidified their placement after winning the Lewis Conference Crossover.

Southeast Region

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

Wingate moved into the No. 1 spot and bumped Queens (N.C.) to No. 2. While neither team raced to full strength at the Royals XC Challenge, the regional ranker noted that the Bulldogs may have more depth with how they raced in the fast section. No. 3 Augusta, No. 4 Anderson (S.C.) and No. 5 Catawba remain steady. The Trojans and Indians competed at the Lewis Crossover and Royals Challenge, respectively.

West Region

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

Chico State held steady at No. 1 and now followed by No. 2 Western Washington, who jumped six spots since Week 4. That dropped Simon Fraser, Fresno Pacific and Biola (Calif.) down to No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Wildcats topped the field at the WWU Bill Roe Classic, while the Viking beat SFU by 2 points for second place. Fresno Pacific was idle this past weekend and Biola (Calif.) raced to an eighth place finish at the Lewis Conference Crossover.

NCAA Division II
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USTFCCCA Regional Coaches' Rankings

2021 Week #5 - October 12th

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.

Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3concordCONCORD
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5slippery-rockSLIPPERY ROCK
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6west-liberty-stateWEST LIBERTY STATE
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7indiana-paINDIANA (PA.)
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10bloomsburgBLOOMSBURG
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7sioux-fallsSIOUX FALLS
NSIC
 ▲2
(LW: 9)
8central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9washburnWASHBURN
MIAA
 NR
10emporia-stateEMPORIA STATE
MIAA
 ▼3
(LW: 7)

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3stonehillSTONEHILL
Northeast-10
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4roberts-wesleyanROBERTS WESLEYAN
ECC
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5franklin-pierceFRANKLIN PIERCE
Northeast-10
 ▼2
(LW: 3)
6adelphiADELPHI
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7assumptionASSUMPTION
Northeast-10
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8jefferson-paJEFFERSON (PA.)
CACC
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9le-moyneLE MOYNE
Northeast-10
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10southern-new-hampshireSOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Northeast-10
 NR

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2southern-indianaSOUTHERN INDIANA
GLVC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3lewisLEWIS
GLVC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4wayne-state-michWAYNE STATE (MICH.)
GLIAC
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5walshWALSH
G-MAC
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6illinois-springfieldILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
GLVC
 ▲2
(LW: 8)
7saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8michigan-techMICHIGAN TECH
GLIAC
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9cedarvilleCEDARVILLE
G-MAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10northwood-michNORTHWOOD (MICH.)
GLIAC
 NR

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8montevalloMONTEVALLO
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9christian-brothersCHRISTIAN BROTHERS
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10auburn-montgomery-alaAUBURN MONTGOMERY (ALA.)
GSC
 NR

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7new-mexico-highlandsNEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS
RMAC
 NR
8colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA
RMAC
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9fort-lewisFORT LEWIS
RMAC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO
RMAC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1wingateWINGATE
SAC
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)
SAC
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6emmanuel-gaEMMANUEL (GA.)
Conference Carolinas
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8lincoln-memorialLINCOLN MEMORIAL
SAC
 NR
9mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE
Conference Carolinas
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 ▲6
(LW: 8)
3simon-fraserSIMON FRASER
GNAC
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC
PacWest
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC
PacWest
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 ▼3
(LW: 5)
9cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10western-oregonWESTERN OREGON
GNAC
 NR

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