2021 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – As the early season gets underway and results come in, here is the Week 1 iteration of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
All of our top-2 teams from the preseason held steady going into Week 1, while several changes occurred among the remaining ranks.
Great Lakes Region
There was a bit of a shakeup to the order of the top-5 teams in the Great Lakes Region.
While Michigan State, Michigan and Indiana remain at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, Wisconsin jumped two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 after opening up the season with a win at the Badger Classic. Notre Dame fell one spot to No. 5.
There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Georgetown and Princeton remain at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 West Virginia, No. 4 Villanova and No. 5 Penn State. The Hoyas and Tigers both earned impressive wins at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational and the HYP Triangular, respectively.
There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the Midwest Region.
No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Illinois continue to sit among the top of the region, while No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Iowa State and No. 5 Loyola-Chicago remained steady. All five teams have competed so far this season, with the Cowboys and Cyclones each picking up wins in their respective competitions.
There was a small change among the top-5 teams in the Mountain Region.
While BYU and New Mexico remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, No. 3 Northern Arizona jumped ahead of now No. 4 Colorado after winning the George Kyte Classic, and Colorado State held steady at No. 5.
There was a small change among the top-5 teams in the Northeast Region.
While UConn and Providence held steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Boston College improved one spot to No. 3. The Golden Eagles opened up their season with a strong second place finish at the Ken O’Brien Minuteman Invitational behind the Huskies. Syracuse fell one spot to No. 4, with No. 5 Harvard staying put from the Preseason ranking.
There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the South Region.
Alabama and Ole Miss stayed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 5 Tennessee. All five teams were in competition the past few weekends and four earned victories: Ole Miss, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
South Central Region
There was a shakeup among the top-5 teams in the South Central Region.
While No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas held steady from the preseason, Texas A&M climbed three spots to No. 3 after winning the Aggie Opener two weekends ago. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who was previously not ranked in the preseason, soared to No. 4 in Week 1. The Islanders narrowly edged out Rice at the 45th Rice Invitational, 40-42. LSU remained steady at No. 5 to round out the top teams.
There was a bit of a shakeup among the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.
While NC State and North Carolina remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the next three spots saw some changes. No. 3 Furman improved one spot after winning their home invitational and bumped Kentucky to No. 4. Rounding out the top-5 is Duke with a one spot improvement after capturing the win at the Elon Opener.
There was one change among the top-5 teams in the West Region.
While Stanford, Washington, Boise State and Oregon State remained at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, Oregon improved three spots to come in at No. 5. The Ducks swept the top-7 spots en route to a win at the Lewis & Clark Opener.