2021 NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The season may be young, but it’s off to a great start!

Here is the newest edition of the 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

There were some notable changes among the top-5 teams in the Atlantic Region.

Charleston (W.VA.) remained steady at No. 1, but is now followed by No. 2 Edinboro and No. 3 West Liberty (previously ranked No. 6). Concord fell one spot to No. 4 while No. 5 Shippensburg stayed put. The Fighting Scots won the Doug Watts Open and the Hilltoppers were victorious at the Bethany Invitational.

Central Region

There was one change among the top-5 teams in the Central Region.

Missouri Southern, Augustana (S.D.), Northwest Missouri and Neb.-Kearney all remained at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. No. 5 U-Mary moved up one spot from No. 6 following a strong victory at the MSUM Dragon Twilight Invitational and sweeping the top-7 spots.

East Region

There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the East Region.

No. 1 American International is followed by No. 2 Southern Connecticut, No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan, No. 4 Stonehill and No. 5 Franklin Pierce. All five teams were in action the last two weekends and had favorable outcomes, including the Skyhawks topping the Yellow Jackets at the Shacklette Invite. It is to note that AIC did run a full strength squad.

Midwest Region

There was one change among the top-5 teams in the Midwest Region.

No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 2 Lewis, No. 3 Southern Indiana and No. 4 Walsh held steady from the Preseason rankings. Michigan Tech jumped three spots from No. 8 to No. 5 this week. The Huskies posted a strong victory at the Warrior Challenge, beating runner-up Wayne State (previously No. 6) and third-place Saginaw Valley State (previously No. 5).

South Region

There were some major changes among the top-5 teams in the South Region.

Lee (Tenn.) is now the No. 1 team in the region and bumped Alabama-Huntsville to No. 2. The Flames took down the Chargers at the City Auto Memphis Twilight Classic, 44-68, and placed four in the top-9, including individual winner Christian Noble. No. 3 Mississippi College remained steady and now followed by No. 4 Florida Southern and No. 5 Tampa. Both teams gained ground after strong opening competitions.

South Central Region

There were no changes among the top-5 teams in the South Central Region.

Colorado School of Mines and Adams State remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Western State, No. 4 Colorado Christian and No. 5 West Texas A&M. The Grizzlies, Cougars and Buffs each earned wins to start their seasons, most notably West Texas A&M taking down several NCAA DI programs at the Texas Tech Opener.

Southeast Region

There was a minor change among the top-5 teams in the Southeast Region.

Queens (N.C.) and Augusta stayed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by No. 3 Wingate and No. 4 Flagler. Catawba gained a spot to come in at No. 5 thanks to a strong showing at the Fleet Feet XC Invitational. The Indians beat former No. 5 Anderson (S.C.) in head-to-head competition, who is now ranked No. 6.

West Region

There were a few notable changes among the top-5 teams in the West Region.

Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and is now followed by Simon Fraser, who was previously not ranked. SFU finished second to Chico State at the San Francisco State Invitational. Biola (Calif.) gained two spots to No. 4 while Cal State San Marcos stayed at No. 5. The Eagles edged out the Cougars, 45-46, at the Biola Invitational.

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

2021 Week #1 - September 14th

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
CHANGE
1charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 ▲2
(LW: 4)
3west-liberty-stateWEST LIBERTY STATE
Mountain East
 ▲3
(LW: 6)
4concordCONCORD
Mountain East
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 ▼4
(LW: 2)
7lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8indiana-paINDIANA (PA.)
PSAC
 NR
9slippery-rockSLIPPERY ROCK
PSAC
 NR
10kutztownKUTZTOWN
PSAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6sioux-fallsSIOUX FALLS
NSIC
 NR
7central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 ▲3
(LW: 10)
8east-central-oklaEAST CENTRAL (OKLA.)
GAC
 NR
9minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE
NSIC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10fort-hays-stateFORT HAYS STATE
MIAA
 ▼3
(LW: 7)

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3roberts-wesleyanROBERTS WESLEYAN
ECC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4stonehillSTONEHILL
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5franklin-pierceFRANKLIN PIERCE
Northeast-10
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6adelphiADELPHI
Northeast-10
 ▲3
(LW: 9)
7assumptionASSUMPTION
Northeast-10
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8wilmington-delWILMINGTON (DEL.)
CACC
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9goldey-beacomGOLDEY-BEACOM
CACC
 NR
10jefferson-paJEFFERSON (PA.)
CACC
 ◀▶
(LW: 10)

Midwest Region -- Men

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

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 ▲1
(LW: 5)
5tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 ▲2
(LW: 7)
6saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 ▼3
(LW: 4)
8montevalloMONTEVALLO
GSC
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9christian-brothersCHRISTIAN BROTHERS
GSC
 NR
10auburn-montgomery-alaAUBURN MONTGOMERY (ALA.)
GSC
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 ▲1
(LW: 7)
7colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA
RMAC
 ▼1
(LW: 6)
8csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO
RMAC
 NR
9fort-lewisFORT LEWIS
RMAC
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10oklahoma-christianOKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN
Lone Star
 ▼1
(LW: 9)

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3wingateWINGATE
SAC
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 ▲1
(LW: 6)
6anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 ▼1
(LW: 5)
7emmanuel-gaEMMANUEL (GA.)
Conference Carolinas
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE
Conference Carolinas
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10columbus-stateCOLUMBUS STATE
PBC
 NR

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3simon-fraserSIMON FRASER
GNAC
 NR
4biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 ▲2
(LW: 6)
5cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC
PacWest
 ▼3
(LW: 3)
7azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC
PacWest
 ▲1
(LW: 8)
8western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 ▼4
(LW: 4)
9cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA
CCAA
 ▼2
(LW: 7)
10cal-state-east-bayCAL STATE EAST BAY
CCAA
 NR

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/31
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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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