2020 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – We’re less than six weeks away from the 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which were postponed until March 15 from their original date of November 21 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though there won’t be Regional Championships to decide which teams automatically advance to the meet, we figured it was high time to release the first edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2020 season to see how things are shaping up.

NOTE: Only those teams who competed and/or have the intention to compete prior to the completion of the season are eligible for ranking.

Great Lakes Region

Wisconsin and Notre Dame sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Badgers opened their season this past weekend at the Big Ten Championships and handled business as usual. Wisconsin won its 51st conference title in program history, beating Indiana by 11 points, 40-51. Rowen Ellenberg and Jackson Sharp led the Badgers in third and fourth place, respectively, while Charlie Wheeler also finished in the top-10 in sixth place.

The Irish went undefeated through the fall segment, which included a 14-point win over NC State at the ACC Championships. Notre Dame returned to the course earlier this week at the Silver State Collegiate Challenge and finished fourth in the team standings.

The aforementioned Hoosiers sit third, followed by No. 4 Purdue and No. 5 Michigan State.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Villanova and Georgetown sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Wildcats are defending regional champions, having won the 2019 title in a rout. Josh Phillips and Haftu Strintzos finished third and fourth at the regional meet last year, respectively, and will look to lead Villanova once again when it opens the spring segment at the BIG EAST Championships on March 5 in Cary, North Carolina.

The Hoyas finished runner-up in both the BIG EAST and the Mid-Atlantic Region last year. Georgetown welcomes back leading returners Rusty Kujdych and Price Owens as well as a few new transfers and athletes coming off redshirt, so spirits are high for the program.

Navy comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Temple and No. 5 Penn State.

Midwest Region

Tulsa and Oklahoma State sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

It’s hard to put the Golden Hurricane anywhere else than No. 1 since it was the regional champion and the top-finishing program at the NCAA Championships in 2019. Tulsa returns its top-2 runners from NCAAs in 2019 – Patrick Dever (11th) and Peter Lynch (13th) – and added even more depth in the offseason and will focus on cross country this spring.

The Cowboys raced three times in the fall and looked strong each time. Oklahoma State won the Cowboy Jamboree over Iowa State, finished a close runner-up to Northern Arizona at the OSU Invitational and then won the Big 12 title in a tie-breaker over the aforementioned Cyclones.

Iowa State comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Kansas.

Mountain Region

BYU and Northern Arizona sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The defending national champion Cougars showed their strength this past weekend at the Silver State Collegiate Challenge in Las Vegas, as they put four athletes in the top-10 and notched a five-point win over the shorthanded Lumberjacks. This was the second matchup of the season between the two programs as NAU got the better of a shorthanded BYU squad back in October at the OSU Invitational in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Freshman Nico Young led the Lumberjacks this past weekend in Las Vegas, finishing second individually. Young is part of a talented group of newcomers who will look to mesh well with the returners in advance of the NCAA Championships in less than six weeks.

Colorado, which hasn’t raced this season, comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Utah State and No. 5 Southern Utah. The Buffs are expected to be strong once again, paced by Kashon Harrison and Eduardo Herrera, while the Aggies and the T-Birds went 1-2 at the Dixie State Invitational just a few weeks ago.

Northeast Region

Iona and Syracuse sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Gaels might be the team to watch this season as they return all seven runners from last year’s squad that finished 12th at NCAAs. The first time that Iona takes the course this season will be at the MAAC Championships on March 5 in Galloway, New Jersey.

The Orange raced three times during the fall segment, scoring a pair of dominant wins at a dual against Army and then again at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. Syracuse struggled at the ACC Championships in late October, though, finishing sixth.

UMass Lowell comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Stony Brook and No. 5 Providence.

South Region

Ole Miss and Georgia sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Rebels came out ready to run in the fall segment. Perhaps the crowning moment for Ole Miss was its 1-2-3 finish at the SEC Championships with individual champion Mario Garcia Romo, individual runner-up Cole Bullock and Waleed Suliman. While Ole Miss ended up finishing second to Arkansas in the team standings, the program carried a lot of confidence into the winter and now into the spring.

The Bulldogs only competed twice during the fall segment, but made them count. Georgia won the Florida State Fall Invitational by 17 points over rival Georgia Tech and then took third at the SEC Championships for its best finish at the meet since 2013.

Tennessee comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Lipscomb and No. 5 Florida State.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Texas sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Razorbacks unveiled their new-look roster in the fall to rousing success. Arkansas went undefeated in three meets with better performances each time, taking home team titles at the SEC Preview Meet (eight points over Ole Miss), Blazer Classic (21 points over Ole Miss) and finally at the SEC Championships (24 points over Ole Miss).

The Longhorns competed twice in the fall, nearly sweeping the Arturo Barrios Invitational to start things off in mid-October (Texas scored 18 points). Then at the Big 12 Championships, the Longhorns finished a clear third, 19 points in front of fourth-place Kansas State.

Lamar comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 5 Rice.

Southeast Region

NC State and Wake Forest sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Wolfpack had the luxury of competing four times this fall, notching its biggest win at the Virginia Tech Invitational over regional foes Duke and Virginia Tech and then racing Virginia hard at the Wolfpack Invitational two weeks later. NC State eventually finished runner-up at the ACC Championships to Notre Dame after putting four runners in the top-15.

The Deacons impressed through the fall campaign, winning a triangular meet against North Carolina and NC State, and then taking third at the ACC Championships. Carter Coughlin and Jack Tiernan have been the top runners for Wake Forest so far this season.

Virginia comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Furman and No. 5 Charlotte.

West Region

Portland and Oregon sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Pilots recently opened their season in a dual meet against Seattle this past weekend and dominated. Despite holding out many of their top runners, Portland put eight runners ahead of the Redhawks’ No. 1 and won going away. The Pilots plan to race three more times this spring before the NCAA Championships, including a strong meet this Friday at Oregon.

Speaking of the Ducks, they return six of the top-7 runners from last year’s ninth-place team at the NCAA Championships. Oregon mid-distance and distance athletes definitely proved their strength this past weekend on the track as they demolished the collegiate record in the DMR and put up several strong marks in the 3000. How will that translate to the grass circuit? We’ll find out when the Ducks make their season debut this weekend at a home meet.

Washington comes in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Gonzaga. The Huskies just opened their season earlier this week at the Silver State Collegiate Challenge and finished third. The Cardinal won’t open the season until March 5 and will rely on a bunch of new faces to keep their tradition going, while the Bulldogs open this weekend.

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

2020 Week #4 - February 2nd

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
1wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten (1)
 NR
2notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC (1)
 NR
3indianaINDIANA
Big Ten (2)
 NR
4purduePURDUE
Big Ten (3)
 NR
5michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten (4)
 NR
6michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 NR
7eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American (1)
 NR
8butlerBUTLER
Big East (1)
 NR
9cincinnatiCINCINNATI
American (2)
 NR
10miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American (2)
 NR
11ohioOHIO
Mid-American (4)
 NR
12toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American (5)
 NR
13milwaukeeMILWAUKEE
Horizon (4)
 NR
14bowling-greenBOWLING GREEN
Mid-American (8)
 NR
15indiana-stateINDIANA STATE
Missouri Valley
 NR

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East (3)
 NR
2georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East (2)
 NR
3navyNAVY
Patriot
 NR
4templeTEMPLE
American (3)
 NR
5penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten (8)
 NR
6pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC (10)
 NR
7la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10 (2)
 NR
8bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot (4)
 NR
9saint-josephsSAINT JOSEPH'S
Atlantic 10 (4)
 NR
10lehighLEHIGH
Patriot (5)
 NR
11saint-francis-paSAINT FRANCIS (PA.)
Northeast
 NR
12marshallMARSHALL
Conference USA (8)
 NR
13mount-st-marysMOUNT ST. MARY'S
Northeast (3)
 NR
14lafayetteLAFAYETTE
Patriot (3)
 NR
15americanAMERICAN
Patriot (6)
 NR

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1tulsaTULSA
American (1)
 NR
2oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12 (1)
 NR
3iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12 (2)
 NR
4kansas-stateKANSAS STATE
Big 12 (4)
 NR
5kansasKANSAS
Big 12 (5)
 NR
6iowaIOWA
Big Ten
 NR
7missouriMISSOURI
SEC (6)
 NR
8south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League (1)
 NR
9wichita-stateWICHITA STATE
American (4)
 NR
10nebraskaNEBRASKA
Big Ten (5)
 NR
11illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten (6)
 NR
12bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley (2)
 NR
13drakeDRAKE
Missouri Valley (3)
 NR
14minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten (7)
 NR
15eastern-illinoisEASTERN ILLINOIS
OVC (1)
 NR

Mountain Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1byuBYU
WCC (1)
 NR
2northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky (2)
 NR
3coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12 (2)
 NR
4utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West (2)
 NR
5southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
Big Sky (1)
 NR
6colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West (4)
 NR
7air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West (1)
 NR
8weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky (3)
 NR
9new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West (5)
 NR
10utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC (2)
 NR
11wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West (6)
 NR
12montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky (4)
 NR
13utepUTEP
Conference USA (5)
 NR
14texas-techTEXAS TECH
Big 12 (6)
 NR
15idaho-stateIDAHO STATE
Big Sky (6)
 NR

Northeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic (1)
 NR
2syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC (6)
 NR
3umass-lowellUMASS LOWELL
America East (1)
 NR
4stony-brookSTONY BROOK
America East (2)
 NR
5providencePROVIDENCE
Big East (5)
 NR
6connecticutCONNECTICUT
Big East (4)
 NR
7northeasternNORTHEASTERN
Colonial (1)
 NR
8binghamtonBINGHAMTON
America East (4)
 NR
9buffaloBUFFALO
Mid-American (3)
 NR
10boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot (2)
 NR
11army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot (1)
 NR
12vermontVERMONT
America East (3)
 NR
13new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East (5)
 NR
14fordhamFORDHAM
Atlantic 10
 NR
15hofstraHOFSTRA
Colonial (4)
 NR
15manhattanMANHATTAN
Metro Atlantic (5)
 NR

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1ole-missOLE MISS
SEC (2)
 NR
2georgiaGEORGIA
SEC (3)
 NR
3tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC (4)
 NR
4lipscombLIPSCOMB
ASUN (3)
 NR
5florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC (9)
 NR
6north-floridaNORTH FLORIDA
ASUN (1)
 NR
7georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC (12)
 NR
8floridaFLORIDA
SEC (7)
 NR
9tennessee-techTENNESSEE TECH
OVC (6)
 NR
10alabamaALABAMA
SEC (10)
 NR
11ut-martinUT MARTIN
OVC (4)
 NR
12south-alabamaSOUTH ALABAMA
Sun Belt (1)
 NR
13belmontBELMONT
OVC (3)
 NR
14auburnAUBURN
SEC (12)
 NR
15memphisMEMPHIS
American (5)
 NR

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC (1)
 NR
2texasTEXAS
Big 12 (3)
 NR
3lamarLAMAR
Southland (3)
 NR
4southeastern-louisianaSOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Southland (1)
 NR
5riceRICE
Conference USA (3)
 NR
6lsuLSU
SEC (8)
 NR
7texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC (9)
 NR
8north-texasNORTH TEXAS
Conference USA (4)
 NR
9arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt (3)
 NR
10ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt (4)
 NR
11baylorBAYLOR
Big 12 (7)
 NR
12houstonHOUSTON
American (7)
 NR
13mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland (6)
 NR
14texas-am-corpus-christiTEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Southland (7)
 NR
15stephen-f-austinSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Southland (2)
 NR

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC (2)
 NR
2wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC (3)
 NR
3virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC (4)
 NR
4furmanFURMAN
SoCon (1)
 NR
5charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA (1)
 NR
6eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
OVC (2)
 NR
7dukeDUKE
ACC (5)
 NR
8kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC (5)
 NR
9north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC (7)
 NR
10virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC (8)
 NR
11campbellCAMPBELL
Big South
 NR
12william-maryWILLIAM & MARY
Colonial (2)
 NR
13charleston-southernCHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Big South (1)
 NR
14clemsonCLEMSON
ACC (11)
 NR
15louisvilleLOUISVILLE
ACC (13)
 NR

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1portlandPORTLAND
WCC (3)
 NR
2oregonOREGON
Pac-12 (4)
 NR
3washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12 (3)
 NR
4stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12 (1)
 NR
5gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC (2)
 NR
6washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12 (6)
 NR
7boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West (3)
 NR
8uclaUCLA
Pac-12 (5)
 NR
9cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West
 NR
10california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC (1)
 NR
11santa-claraSANTA CLARA
WCC (4)
 NR
12uc-davisUC DAVIS
Big West
 NR
13grand-canyonGRAND CANYON
WAC (3)
 NR
14san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC (6)
 NR
15idahoIDAHO
Big Sky (7)
 NR

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