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

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to the postseason!

Here is the final release of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the season, which was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday. Massive changes occurred following the outcome of Conference Championships Weekend, including two regions being completely revamped.

Great Lakes Region

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

Michigan remained at No. 1 and is now followed by No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Toledo and No. 5 Notre Dame. The Wolverines, Badgers and Spartans finished fourth, second, and third, respectively, at the Big Ten Championships. The Rockets won the Mid-American title to leapfrog the Fighting Irish, who were fifth at the ACC Championships. 

Mid-Atlantic Region

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

West Virginia remained at No. 1 and is now followed by No. 2 Georgetown and No. 3 Villanova, while No. 4 Princeton and No. 5 Penn State held steady. The Mountaineers placed third at the Big 12 Championships behind Oklahoma State and Iowa State. The Hoyas beat the Wildcats at the BIG EAST Championships to win the team title, while the Wildcats came in fourth. The Tigers finished second at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and Penn State placed 10th at the Big Ten meet.

Midwest Region

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

Minnesota and Oklahoma State remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Northwestern. The Gophers won the Big Ten in thrilling fashion, while the Fighting Illini and Wildcats placed sixth and seventh, respectively. The Cowgirls held off the Cyclones to win the Big 12 Championships.

Mountain Region

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

BYU jumped two spots into the No. 1 position and dropped New Mexico and Colorado to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Utah held steady at No. 4, while No. 5 Northern Arizona is back in the top-5. The Cougars won the team title at the WCC Championships and are returning to form. The Lobos won the Mountain West with a perfect score, while the Buffaloes and Utes went 1-2 at the Pac-12 Championships. The Lumberjacks took home top honors at the Big Sky Championships.

Northeast Region

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

Syracuse and Providence remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Connecticut and No. 4 Harvard. Yale improved one spot to come in at No. 5 this week. The Orange ran to fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships, with the Friars and Huskies finishing fifth and third, respectively, at the BIG EAST Championships. The Crimson won the Ivy League title and Bulldogs placed third.

South Region

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

Florida State and Ole Miss improved one spot each to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Alabama fell to No. 3 and is followed by No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Georgia Tech. The Seminoles ran to a strong third place finish at the ACC Championships, while the Yellow Jackets finished eighth. The Rebels captured runner-up honors at the SEC Championships behind Arkansas, while the Crimson Tide and Lady Vols finished third and fourth, respectively, in Columbia, Missouri.

South Central Region

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

Arkansas remained at No. 1 and now followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Abilene Christian, No. 4 Rice and No. 5 LSU. The Razorbacks captured another SEC title. The Longhorns ran to a fourth-place showing at the Big 12. The Wildcats and Owls each came in third at the WAC Championships and Conference USA Championships, respectively. The Tigers places 10th overall at the SEC Championships.

Southeast Region

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

NC State and North Carolina remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and are now followed by No. 3 Kentucky and No. 4 Liberty. No. 5 Furman held steady. The Wolfpack ran away with the ACC crown and the Tar Heels placed second. The Wildcats finished fourth at the SEC meet. The Flames captured the ASUN title and Furman was victorious at the SoCon Championships.

West Region

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

Oregon soared into the No. 1 spot to drop Washington to No. 2. Gonzaga moved up to No. 3, while Stanford and Portland fell to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Ducks were the top West Region team at the Pac-12 Championships and finished third, while the Huskies placed fourth and the Cardinal came in fifth. The Zags captured runner-up honors at the WCC Championships and the Pilots right behind in third.

NCAA Division I
Women'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 -- Women

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

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12 (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 3)
3villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East (4)
 ▼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)
8pennPENN
Ivy League (5)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9rutgersRUTGERS
Big Ten (13)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (12)
 ▲1
(LW: 11)
11bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot (4)
 ▲4
(LW: 15)
12monmouthMONMOUTH
Metro Atlantic (4)
 ▼2
(LW: 10)
13la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10 (6)
 ▼1
(LW: 12)
14lehighLEHIGH
Patriot (5)
 ▼1
(LW: 13)
15templeTEMPLE
American (3)
 ▼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)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6loyola-chicagoLOYOLA-CHICAGO
Missouri Valley (1)
 ▲4
(LW: 10)
7missouriMISSOURI
SEC (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8tulsaTULSA
American (1)
 ▼1
(LW: 7)
9nebraskaNEBRASKA
Big Ten (11)
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10iowaIOWA
Big Ten (12)
 ▼1
(LW: 9)
11bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13north-dakota-stateNORTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League (2)
 NR
14south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA
Summit League (3)
 ▼1
(LW: 13)
15kansas-stateKANSAS STATE
Big 12 (5)
 NR

Mountain Region -- Women

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

Northeast Region -- Women

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

South Region -- Women

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

South Central Region -- Women

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

Southeast Region -- Women

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

West Region -- Women

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

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Week 6Mon 11/1
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Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
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Mon 11/15
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Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
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FINAL ResultsFri 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/21
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