2021 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – You better believe that when double-digit top-30 programs race each other, the ensuing National Coaches’ Poll will change.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 4 of the 2021 season, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)! Even though the top-9 teams remained the same as Week 3, the rest of the top-30 completely shifted around as teams hit new program highs.

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
Notre Dame
Stanford
Oklahoma State
BYU
1
Northern Arizona
2
Notre Dame
3
Stanford
4
Oklahoma State
5
BYU
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Nothing changed among the top-5 teams: Northern Arizona held firm at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 5 BYU. Out of those teams, only the Irish and Cardinal raced and chose to showcase their depth. Expect all five of those teams to race at full strength in two weeks at either the Pre-National Invitational or the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

Slightly further down is where you’ll find Furman checking in at No. 10. This is the first time that the Paladins have been ranked among the nation’s top-10 programs since Week 7 of the 2017 season. Furman took the Joe Piane Invitational by storm this past weekend in Notre Dame, Indiana, as they captured the team title with 129 points, thanks to putting four runners in the top-30 (Furman was the only team to accomplish that feat and was only one of four to have two in the top-20).

Wisconsin won the team title at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic this past weekend and jumped from No. 14 to No. 11. The Badgers saw all five of their scoring athletes finish in the top-10 with Olin Hacker and Bob Liking leading the way in second and third, respectively.

Michigan made one of the biggest jumps between Week 3 and Week 4, improving 10 spots from No. 25 to No. 15. This is the second season in a row that the Wolverines appeared in the top-15 at some point during the season. Michigan finished a clear runner-up to Furman at the Joe Piane Invitational and used a meager 13.9-second spread between their first and fifth runner to do so (Devin Meyrer finished 24th in 24:02.9; Nick Foster finished 38th in 24:16.8).

North Carolina topped the podium at the Paul Short Run this past weekend and saw its stock improve from No. 23 to No. 18. The Tar Heels, who own their best ranking since 2013, had to work for that title in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, because Villanova pushed them to the brink. The winning margin between those two teams? Try just one point. UNC won 56-57.

Florida State and Southern Utah hitched a ride together as they climbed the National Coaches’ Poll. The Seminoles, who finished fourth at the Joe Piane Invitational, charged nine spots from No. 29 to No. 20 for their best ranking since 2014. The T-Birds, who finished fifth at the Joe Piane Invitational, went from receiving votes to No. 20, their sixth consecutive season among that group of ranked teams.

Air Force and Charlotte joined the top-30 after receiving votes in Week 3.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because that’s when the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 4 - October 5th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (5th)
329
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC
Sean Carlson (3rd)
304
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (3rd)
298 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (16th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC
Ed Eyestone (22nd)
288 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Jeremy Sudbury (1st)
278 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (27th)
259 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (14th)
252 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (10th)
237 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
SoCon
Robert Gary (10th)
226 ▲ 9
(LW: 19)
11 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (14th)
205 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American
Steve Gulley (20th)
202 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Andy Powell (4th)
191 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 iona IONA
Northeast Region (1)
Metro Atlantic
Joe Pienta (4th)
182 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (8th)
177 ▲ 10
(LW: 25)
16 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big East
Matt Roe (15th)
145 ▼ 6
(LW: 10)
17 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
John Hayes (6th)
135 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
128 ▲ 5
(LW: 23)
19 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (4)
WCC
Patrick Tyson (14th)
120 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (1)
ACC
Bob Braman (18th)
119 ▲ 9
(LW: 29)
21 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (30th)
100
(LW: RV)
22 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (2)
SEC
Dan Waters (11th)
86 ▼ 7
(LW: 15)
23 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Marcus O'Sullivan (22nd)
83 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12
Pete Watson (4th)
80 ▼ 3
(LW: 21)
25 weber-state WEBER STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky
Corbin Talley (5th)
67 ▲ 3
(LW: 28)
26 portland PORTLAND
West Region (5)
WCC
Rob Conner (32nd)
64 ▼ 4
(LW: 22)
27 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (2)
ACC
Brien Bell (4th)
62 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (3)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
50 ▼ 10
(LW: 18)
29 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West
Artie Gulden (5th)
38 ▼ 13
(LW: 16)
30 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (8th)
22
(LW: RV)
30 charlotte CHARLOTTE
Southeast Region (4)
Conference USA
Joe Lynn (5th)
22
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan State 17, Princeton 14, Indiana 8, Harvard 7, Boise State 6, Purdue 6, Duke 5, Georgetown 5, NC State 5, UMass Lowell 4

Dropped Out: No. 26 Indiana, No. 30 Michigan State, No. 30 Purdue

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 10: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
Tue 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
Tue 11/16
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/20
Sun 11/21
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