2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – The postseason is beginning to heat up.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 6 of the 2021 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Nine top-10 teams shifted spots since Week 5, which means Conference Championships Weekend surely left its toll on the index.

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Iowa State
Stanford
1
Northern Arizona
2
Colorado
3
Oklahoma State
4
Iowa State
5
Stanford
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Top-ranked Northern Arizona was the only team to not move in the top-10 between Week 5 and Week 6. The Lumberjacks, who are still unanimous after receiving all 11 first-place votes, rolled to the team title at the Big Sky Championships this past weekend. NAU put four runners in the top-10 and was led by the 1-2 duo of Drew Bosley and Nico Young.

Colorado jumped one spot to No. 2 after winning the team title at the Pac-12 Championships. The Buffs stampeded across the finish line, as they were the only squad with five athletes in the top-15 (Actually, they put all seven runners in the top-20). Eduardo Herrera led the way with a third-place finish with Austin Vancil (sixth) and Andrew Kent (seventh) also in the top-10. This is the fourth time in the past six years that CU has been ranked second in the nation.

Oklahoma State crept closer to the top after it lassoed a team title at the Big 12 Championships. The Cowboys, who are now ranked No. 3, took down former No. 2 Iowa State on their home course, 24-31. Oklahoma State had three top-5 finishers – led by Isai Rodriguez in second place behind Wesley Kiptoo of Iowa State – and put five in the top-10. This is the Cowboys’ best ranking since 2013, when they were No. 1 for five weeks, No. 3 for one week and then No. 2 for the final week before a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Notre Dame improved two spots to No. 6, right behind No. 4 Iowa State and No. 5 Stanford. The Irish finally debuted a full roster at the ACC Championships and delivered how many thought they would all season. Notre Dame put three runners in the top-10 – all seven in the top-16 – as it cruised to a 52-point win over Syracuse. Dylan Jacobs (second), Danny Kilrea (fourth) and Yared Nuguse (fifth) all finished in the top-5 for the Irish.

Wisconsin swapped spots with Tulsa after winning the team title at the Big Ten Championships (It was the program’s 52nd crown). The Badgers, who are now ranked ninth, steamrolled the field in State College, Pennsylvania, as they stashed all seven runners in the top-13, including six in the top-10. Bob Liking and Olin Hacker delivered a 1-2 finish for Wisconsin.

Washington made the biggest move in Week 6, soaring 13 spots from No. 26 to No. 13. The Huskies mushed their way to a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships thanks to a pack mentality: UW had scorers 9-10-14-16-19 with a 34-second spread between its No. 1 and No 5.

Syracuse and Southern Utah worked their way back into the National Coaches’ Poll at No. 23 and No. 26, respectively, while Butler joined the fray from the Land of the Not Ranked. The Bulldogs are now ranked No. 28 after a team title at the BIG EAST Championships.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because that’s when the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Don’t forget that you can watch the meet LIVE, commercial-free on ESPNU beginning at 10 am ET!

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 6 - November 2nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (5th)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Mark Wetmore (27th)
303 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (16th)
302 ▲ 2
(LW: 5)
4 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Jeremy Sudbury (1st)
282 ▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (2)
J.J. Clark (3rd)
281 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC (1)
Sean Carlson (3rd)
279 ▲ 2
(LW: 8)
7 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (14th)
272 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (22nd)
262 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (14th)
253 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (20th)
240 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Ryan Cole (8th)
217 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (2)
Kevin Sullivan (8th)
175 ▲ 3
(LW: 15)
13 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (3)
Andy Powell (4th)
174 ▲ 13
(LW: 26)
14 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Pete Watson (4th)
171 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (4)
WCC (2)
Patrick Tyson (14th)
168 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (10th)
167 ▼ 4
(LW: 12)
17 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (10th)
162 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (10th)
142 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC (2)
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
90 ▲ 9
(LW: 28)
20 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (5)
Mountain West (2)
Corey Ihmels (9th)
85 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (3)
Artie Gulden (5th)
75 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (4)
Art Siemers (10th)
68 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
23 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (2)
ACC (5)
Bob Braman (18th)
66 ▼ 4
(LW: 19)
23 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (4)
Big Ten (3)
Sarah Hopkins (1st)
66 ▲ 6
(LW: 29)
23 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (4th)
66
(LW: RV)
26 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League (2)
Alex Gibby (5th)
59 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
26 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (2)
Eric Houle (30th)
59
(LW: RV)
28 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big East (1)
Matt Roe (15th)
53 NR
29 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (2)
Brandon Bonsey (6th)
52 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)
30 portland PORTLAND
West Region (6)
WCC (3)
Rob Conner (32nd)
49 ▼ 13
(LW: 17)

Also Receiving Votes: Wake Forest 48, Alabama 31, North Carolina 26, Villanova 18, California Baptist 8, Montana State 7, Duke 6, NC State 1

Dropped Out: No. 22 Alabama, No. 24 Villanova, No. 30 Montana State

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 10: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/21
MEN | WOMEN
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