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

NEW ORLEANS – Another busy weekend led to several shakeups.

Here is the Week 5 installment of the NCAA Division II Women’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 Seton Hill remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Edinboro, No. 4 Slippery Rock and No. 5 Davis & Elkins. Everyone raced this past weekend: the Golden Eagles placed sixth at the Royals XC Challenge and beat the Fighting Scots by 11 points, 188-199; the Griffins competed in a loaded field at the Lewis Crossover.; the Rock won the team title at the Bill Lennox Invite.

Central Region

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

Augustana (S.D.) and U-Mary remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 Minnesota State. No. 5 Pittsburg State climbed three spots back into the top-5. All five teams competed this past weekend: the Vikings scored 20 points to win the Dordt Invitational; the Marauders won the Jimmie Invitational; the Bulldogs placed fourth at the Lewis Crossover; the Mavericks held off No. 6 Winona State, 31-34, to capture the team title at the Bob Waxlax Invitational; the Gorillas finished fourth at the UAH Invitational.

East Region

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

American International jumped one spot to No. 1 for the first time this season, followed by No. 2 Stonehill, who improved two spots. No. 3 Southern New Hampshire dropped two spots to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Roberts Wesleyan and No. 5 Daemen, who each gained one spot from their Week 4 billings. The top-3 teams raced at NEICAAA this past weekend: the Yellow Jackets had the best placement among the East teams with a ninth place finish; the Skyhawks beat the Penmen, 273-288, to finish 12th and 13th, respectively, and beating former No. 3 (now No. 7) Saint Anselm.

Midwest Region

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

Grand Valley State held steady at No. 1 and now followed by No. 2 Southern Indiana and No. 3 Southwest Baptist after trading places from a week ago. No. 4 Cedarville maintained its placement and now chased by No. 5 Lewis, who climbed five spots from it’s No. 10 ranking in Week 4. Four of the five teams competed this past weekend: the Lakers easily won the Lewis Crossover for a 70 point margin of victory over the Flyers, who placed second and finished ahead of several nationally-ranked programs; the Screaming Eagles earned runner-up honors at the UAH Invitational; the Yellow Jackets captured the team title at the Royals XC Challenge.

South Region

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

Lee (Tenn.), Mississippi College and Alabama-Huntsville held steady at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Saint Leo is now No. 2 after leapfrogging Tampa (now No. 3). Four teams competed at the UAH Invitational: the Flames won the meet with 53 points; the Lions, Spartans and Chargers finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. The Choctaws won the Watson Collegiate Invitational by 53 points.

South Central Region

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

Adams State and Colorado School of Mines remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 UC-Colorado Springs, No. 4 CSU Pueblo and No. 5 Western Colorado. The Grizzlies showcased their depth with a third place finish in the Gold section at the FHSU Tiger Classic.

Southeast Region

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

Queens (N.C.) and Wingate remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Lenoir-Rhyne climbed two spots to No. 3, which bumped No. 4 Anderson (S.C.) and and No. 5 Flagler down one spot each. Four teams competed this past weekend: the Royals and Bulldogs raced at the Royals XC Challenge, although neither ran to full strength; the Bears and Trojans placed ninth and 11th, respectively, at the Lewis Crossover.

West Region

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

Simon Fraser, Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus remain No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Biola (Calif.) leapfrogged Cal State San Marcos into the No. 4 spot (the Cougars are now No. 5). Four teams competed this past weekend: SFU won the WWU Bill Roe Classic with 41 points, while the Wildcats placed third with 102 points; the Eagles and Cougars finished eighth and 10th, respectively, at the Lewis Crossover.

NCAA Division II
Women's Cross Country
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 -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2seton-hillSETON HILL
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4slippery-rockSLIPPERY ROCK
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6bloomsburgBLOOMSBURG
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8kutztownKUTZTOWN
PSAC
 ▲2
(LW: 10)
9gannonGANNON
PSAC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3minnesota-duluthMINNESOTA DULUTH
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE
MIAA
 ▲3
(LW: 8)
6winona-stateWINONA STATE
NSIC
 ▲4
(LW: 10)
7neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 ▲2
(LW: 9)
8northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 ▼3
(LW: 5)
9central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 ▼3
(LW: 6)
10rogers-stateROGERS STATE
MIAA
 ▼3
(LW: 7)

East Region -- Women

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

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2southern-indianaSOUTHERN INDIANA
GLVC
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3southwest-baptistSOUTHWEST BAPTIST
GLVC
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4cedarvilleCEDARVILLE
G-MAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5lewisLEWIS
GLVC
 ▲5
(LW: 10)
6saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7walshWALSH
G-MAC
 ▼2
(LW: 5)
8wayne-state-michWAYNE STATE (MICH.)
GLIAC
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9hillsdaleHILLSDALE
G-MAC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10indianapolisINDIANAPOLIS
GLVC
 NR

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 ▼1
(LW: 2)
4mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7nova-southeasternNOVA SOUTHEASTERN
Sunshine
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8palm-beach-atlanticPALM BEACH ATLANTIC
Sunshine
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9lynnLYNN
Sunshine
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 NR

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7dallas-baptistDALLAS BAPTIST
Lone Star
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9westminster-utahWESTMINSTER (UTAH)
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10msu-denverMSU DENVER
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2wingateWINGATE
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3lenoir-rhyneLENOIR-RHYNE
SAC
 ▲2
(LW: 5)
4anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6north-georgiaNORTH GEORGIA
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10lincoln-memorialLINCOLN MEMORIAL
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1simon-fraserSIMON FRASER
GNAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
6academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART
PacWest
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8alaskaALASKA
GNAC
 NR
9concordia-califCONCORDIA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 ▼3
(LW: 6)
10cal-state-east-bayCAL STATE EAST BAY
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

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