2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Let the postseason begin!

Here is the final 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). Conference Championships Weekend shook up the rankings, as three of the regions had wholesale changes among their top-5 teams and several others jostled around.

Remember that Regional Championships Friday is set for November 12!

Great Lakes Region

There was one change 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 Butler leapfrogged Indiana into the No. 4 position (The Hoosiers are now ranked No. 5). The Irish finally debuted their top roster and won the team title at the ACC Championships going away. The Badgers won the team title at the Big Ten Championships with the Wolverines taking runner-up honors. The Bulldogs hauled in the team title at the BIG EAST Championships.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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

Princeton and Georgetown both leapfrogged Villanova into the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, while the Wildcats tumbled to No. 3. Navy and Penn both held steady at their previous spots: No. 4 for the Midshipmen, No. 5 for the Quakers. The Tigers continued to impress the ranker as they finished a strong seventh at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nats two weeks ago and most recently rolled to the team title at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The Hoyas jumped Villanova after a head-to-head victory at the BIG EAST Championships.

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. The Cowboys wrangled the Cyclones at the Big 12 Championships this past weekend, while the Golden Hurricane made it look easy at the American Athletic Conference Championships with the Shockers a clear second. The Golden Gophers fared well at the Big Ten Championships, as they finished a strong third.

Mountain Region

There was one change 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 and No. 4 Air Force, but Southern Utah jumped three spots from No. 8 to No. 5. The Lumberjacks rolled to the team title at the Big Sky Championships with the T-Birds taking clear runner-up honors. The Buffs got back on top in the Pac-12 Conference, while the Falcons soared to a team title at the Mountain West Championships.

Northeast Region

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

Syracuse leapfrogged both Harvard and Providence into the No. 1 spot, slotting the Crimson and the Friars at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Iona held steady at No. 4, but UMass Lowell swapped spots with Stony Brook (The River Hawks are now No. 5; the Seawolves are now No. 6). The Orange ran well at the ACC Championships, taking clear runner-up honors behind Great Lakes No. 1 Notre Dame. UMass Lowell beat Stony Brook head-to-head for the team title at the America East Championships, 26-55.

South Region

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

Ole Miss leapfrogged both Florida State and Alabama into the No. 1 spot, which dropped the Seminoles to No. 2 and the Crimson Tide to No. 3. North Florida climbed one spot to No. 4 and Middle Tennessee worked its way to No. 5. The Rebels finished runner-up to Arkansas at the SEC Championships this past weekend, beating Alabama head-to-head in the process. Florida State was third at the ACC Championships, while the Ospreys won the team title at the Atlantic Sun Championships over former South Region No. 5 Lipscomb, among others.

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, followed by No. 3 North Texas, but Rice and Texas A&M swapped spots around No. 5 Texas A&M (The Owls went to No. 4; the Tigers dropped to No. 6). The Razorbacks won the team title at the SEC Championships going away, while the Longhorns finished third at the Big 12 Championships. The Mean Green beat the Owls head-to-head by five points at the Conference USA Championships. The Aggies had a tough day at the SEC Championships, ending up in ninth place.

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 Wake Forest, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 NC State and No. 5 Duke. Of those five teams, the Paladins were the only ones not to compete at the ACC Championships in Notre Dame, Indiana. Instead, Furman romped to victory at the SoCon Championships. But it was in the Land of the Golden Dome, where that quartet of ACC teams went 3-4-6-7 behind meet champion Notre Dame and runner-up Syracuse.

West Region

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

Stanford held steady at No. 1, but is now followed by No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 5 Boise State. The Cardinal finished a strong runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships this past weekend, while the Huskies showed signs of life with a third-place finish and the Ducks were close behind in fourth place. The Broncos turned in a solid effort at the Mountain West Championships, earning runner-up honors behind Air Force.

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

2021 Week #6 - November 1st

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

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

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)
7drakeDRAKE
Missouri Valley (1)
 ▲4
(LW: 11)
8missouriMISSOURI
SEC (3)
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley (2)
 ▼2
(LW: 7)
10south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten (6)
 ▲1
(LW: 12)
12nebraskaNEBRASKA
Big Ten (9)
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13iowaIOWA
Big Ten (11)
 ▼5
(LW: 8)
14saint-louisSAINT LOUIS
Atlantic 10 (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15kansas-stateKANSAS STATE
Big 12 (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)

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)
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
Big Sky (2)
 ▲3
(LW: 8)
6utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West (4)
 ▼2
(LW: 5)
8montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky (4)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11utepUTEP
Conference USA (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13idaho-stateIDAHO STATE
Big Sky (9)
 ▲1
(LW: 14)
14nevadaNEVADA
Mountain West (6)
 NR
15new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West (7)
 ▼2
(LW: 13)

Northeast Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

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

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

Southeast Region -- Men

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

West Region -- Men

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

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