2021 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – It feels great to be back.

Here is the preseason edition of the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon.

Atlantic Region

Charleston (W.VA.) and Davis & Elkins begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Golden Eagles, who finished 18th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, return two athletes from that squad two years ago. Kyle Hinson is their top returner and finished 55th individually, while David Cecchi has made tremendous strides on the track this past year.

The Senators, who finished 33rd at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, return two from that team. Emeric Arnaud is expected to lead the team following an individual title at the Mountain East Conference Cross Country Championships this past year.

No. 3 Concord, No. 4 Edinboro and No. 5 Shippensburg round out the top-5.

Central Region

Missouri Southern and Augustana (S.D.) begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Lions, who finished 14th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, welcome back Gidieon Kimutai and Ryan Riddle in their lineup. Kimutai finished fifth two years ago in Sacramento, California and joined Riddle on the third-place Distance Medley Relay team at the 2021 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. Riddle also finished third in the mile this past indoor season.

The Vikings, who finished sixth at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, bring back three athletes from that squad two years ago. Austin Miller, who finished 65th in cross country in 2019, will be their top-returner and look to build off of a track season that saw him make the finals of the 800 and mile at the 2021 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Vikings will also enjoy the return of Alec Kray from injury, as he boasts a 13:56 PR in the 5000.

No. 3 Northwest Missouri, No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Pittsburg State round out the top-5.

East Region

American International and Southern Connecticut begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Yellow Jackets, who finished 24th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, return four athletes from two years ago. Ezra Mutai is the unquestionable leader of the pack and a heavy contender for the individual crown – he is the defending champion in cross country and added a national title in the 10,000 at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. AIC’s lineup will be bolstered with the return of Titus Kiptoo and several newcomers.

The Owls did not qualify a team or an individual to the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, but did return six of their seven athletes from their team two years ago. The Owls look forward to the return of Terrell Patterson, who missed the East Regional Championship due to an injury.

No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan, No. 4 Stonehill and No. 5 Franklin Pierce round out the top-5.

Midwest Region

Grand Valley State and Lewis begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Lakers, who finished fourth at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, return five of their top-7 from two years ago. Tanner Chada (24th), Noah Steffen (27th) and Ben Zaremba (34th) were All-Americans that year for the Lakers. Bolstering their lineup is Enael Woldemichael, who finished sixth at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships, and Isaac Harding, who finished 44th at the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships while at Michigan.

The Flyers did not qualify a team or individual to the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, but is eyeing a top-2 finish at the Midwest Regional Championship and punch their ticket to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2017. Lewis will return its entire top-5 from the 2020 GLVC Cross Country Championships, which include Anthony Farmer and Dustin Macuiba. The Flyers also add in solid graduate transfers to strengthen their lineup.

No. 3 Southern Indiana, No. 4 Walsh and No. 5 Saginaw Valley State round out the top-5.

South Region

Alabama-Huntsville and Lee (Tenn.) begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Chargers, who finished 19th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, only lost one athlete from their team two years ago. Expect the Chargers to rely on some strong pack running and be led by Jay Day, Harold LaCroix and Alex Herbst.

The Flames, who finished 27th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, bring back the same team from two years ago with the addition of Christian Noble. Remember – Noble is the NCAA Division II record holder indoors at 3000 and 5000, and a two-time national champion. The Flames also have several newcomers that could make an immediate impact.

No. 3 Mississippi College, No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 5 Florida Southern round out the top-5.

South Central Region

Colorado School of Mines and Adams State begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Orediggers, who won the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, are returning a strong lineup that features four All-Americans from that season – Kyle Moran (4th), Dylan Ko (7th), Luc Hagen (15th) and Jake Mitchen (20th). Loic Scomparin, Dillon Powell and Luke Julian also hold All-America honors from this past indoor and outdoor season.

The Grizzlies, who finished second at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, only return two from their runner-up squad two years ago and are in a rebuilding mode this year. Carson Bix is Adams State’s top returner after earning All-America honors that year, finishing 10th individually. He also finished second in the 5000 at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

No. 3 Western Colorado, No. 4 Colorado Christian and No. 5 West Texas A&M round out the top-5.

Southeast Region

Queens (N.C.) and Augusta begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Royals, who finished eighth at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, have three athletes returning from that team two years ago. Seb Anthony is their top returner and has momentum from a strong track & field campaign in 2021, where he was the indoor runner-up over 800 meters and finished sixth outdoors.

The Jags, who finished ninth at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, will have four returners from their team two years ago. Chase Kennedy, who finished 58th individually in 2019, is expected to lead a squad mixed with veterans and seven freshmen.

No. 3 Wingate, No. 4 Flagler and No. 5 Anderson (S.C.)  round out the top-5.

West Region

Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus begin the season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Wildcats, who finished third at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, will have four returning athletes from that lineup two years ago, including two All-Americans and three that finished in the top-50 – Wyatt Baxter (26th), Jack Emanuel (30th) and Rory Abberton (42nd). Chico State also brought in several newcomers that could make some noise and find themselves in the mix.

The Warriors, who finished 11th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, have just two athletes returning from that lineup two years ago in Tomas Huerta and Andrew Vazquez. A talented group of transfers are also developing well and expected to make an impact on the team.

No. 3 Fresno Pacific, No. 4 Western Washington and No. 5 Cal State San Marcos round out the top-5.

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

2021 Preseason - August 31st

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 -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 ---
2davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 ---
3concordCONCORD
Mountain East
 ---
4edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 ---
5shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 ---
6west-liberty-stateWEST LIBERTY STATE
Mountain East
 ---
7gannonGANNON
PSAC
 ---
8lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 ---
9california-paCALIFORNIA (PA.)
PSAC
 ---
10kutztownKUTZTOWN
PSAC
 ---

Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN
MIAA
 ---
2augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 ---
3northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 ---
4neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 ---
5pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE
MIAA
 ---
6u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 ---
7fort-hays-stateFORT HAYS STATE
MIAA
 ---
8minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE
NSIC
 ---
9oklahoma-baptistOKLAHOMA BAPTIST
GAC
 ---
10central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 ---

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
Northeast-10
 ---
2southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
Northeast-10
 ---
3roberts-wesleyanROBERTS WESLEYAN
ECC
 ---
4stonehillSTONEHILL
Northeast-10
 ---
5franklin-pierceFRANKLIN PIERCE
Northeast-10
 ---
6wilmington-delWILMINGTON (DEL.)
CACC
 ---
7southern-new-hampshireSOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Northeast-10
 ---
8assumptionASSUMPTION
Northeast-10
 ---
9adelphiADELPHI
Northeast-10
 ---
10jefferson-paJEFFERSON (PA.)
CACC
 ---

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ---
2lewisLEWIS
GLVC
 ---
3southern-indianaSOUTHERN INDIANA
GLVC
 ---
4walshWALSH
G-MAC
 ---
5saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 ---
6wayne-state-michWAYNE STATE (MICH.)
GLIAC
 ---
7illinois-springfieldILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
GLVC
 ---
8michigan-techMICHIGAN TECH
GLIAC
 ---
9northwood-michNORTHWOOD (MICH.)
GLIAC
 ---
10maloneMALONE
G-MAC
 ---

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 ---
2lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 ---
3mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 ---
4embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 ---
5florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 ---
6saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 ---
7tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 ---
8montevalloMONTEVALLO
GSC
 ---
9auburn-montgomery-alaAUBURN MONTGOMERY (ALA.)
GSC
 ---
10nova-southeasternNOVA SOUTHEASTERN
Sunshine
 ---

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 ---
2adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 ---
3western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 ---
4colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 ---
5west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 ---
6colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA
RMAC
 ---
7uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 ---
8fort-lewisFORT LEWIS
RMAC
 ---
9oklahoma-christianOKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN
Lone Star
 ---
10dallas-baptistDALLAS BAPTIST
Lone Star
 ---

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)
SAC
 ---
2augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 ---
3wingateWINGATE
SAC
 ---
4flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 ---
5anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 ---
6catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 ---
7emmanuel-gaEMMANUEL (GA.)
Conference Carolinas
 ---
8unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 ---
9mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE
Conference Carolinas
 ---
10lenoir-rhyneLENOIR-RHYNE
SAC
 ---

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 ---
2cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 ---
3fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC
PacWest
 ---
4western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 ---
5cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 ---
6biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 ---
7cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA
CCAA
 ---
8azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC
PacWest
 ---
9alaska-anchorageALASKA ANCHORAGE
GNAC
 ---
10humboldt-stateHUMBOLDT STATE
CCAA
 ---

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/1
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Sep. 2: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
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Wed 9/15
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Sep. 16: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/21
Wed 9/22
Week 3Tue 9/28
Wed 9/29
Oct. 2: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/5
Wed 10/6
Week 5Tue 10/12
Wed 10/13
Oct. 22-24: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/26
Wed 10/27
Nov. 6: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Thu 11/11
Nov. 20: NCAA DII Championships
(Saint Leo, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/6
Sat 11/20
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