2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The 2022 season begins in earnest on Thursday, September 1.

Regional 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.

Regional Championships Friday is set for Friday, November 11.

Great Lakes Region

Wisconsin and Notre Dame are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The Badgers – who finished runner-up last year – return three of their top-5 runners from last year, all of whom are still underclassmen. The defending champion Irish lost a considerable amount of talent in the offseason, but have two top-15 regional finishes back in the mix.

Butler, Michigan State and Michigan round out the top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Villanova and Georgetown are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The Wildcats – who finished third last year – returns their entire top-7, led by regional runner-up Haftu Strintzos. The Hoyas – who finished runner-up last year behind Princeton – welcome back three of their top-5 runners from the 2021 meet, including regional champion Parker Stokes.

The aforementioned Tigers, who are the defending champions, Penn State and Pittsburgh round out the top-5.

Midwest Region

Oklahoma State and Tulsa are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Cowboys return six of their top-7 runners from last year’s team, including three top-10 finishers: Alex Maier (sixth), Victor Shitsama (eighth) and Shea Foster (ninth). The Golden Hurricane, which finished third last year, have a strong core back with three All-Region performers led by Cormac Dalton, who finished 11th in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa State, Minnesota and South Dakota State round out the top-5.

Mountain Region

Northern Arizona and BYU are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids once again. The Lumberjacks, who finished runner-up to the Cougars last year, likely return six of the seven athletes who helped them to that regional crown, including individual runner-up Nico Young. Defending regional champion BYU welcomes back a host of athletes from its title-winning team, led by third-place finisher Casey Clinger. The Cougars also added transfer Christian Allen from Weber State.

Colorado, Air Force and Montana State round out the top-5.

Northeast Region

Harvard and Syracuse are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The Crimson – which finished runner-up to the Orange last year – return a strong core, led by two top-10 individuals from 2021 in the guise of Graham Blanks and Acer Iverson. Defending regional champion Syracuse might have graduated its top-3 athletes from last year, but added some valuable talent in the offseason.

Providence, Iona and Columbia round out the top-5.

South Region

Ole Miss and Alabama are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Rebels return four runners from last year’s team, including their No. 1 and No. 3 men in Dereck Elkins and Cole Bullock, respectively. The Crimson Tide have the strongest 1-2-3 on paper with Victor Kiprop, Eliud Kipsang and Hilary Cheruiyot all returning and added several new faces who could sure up those much-needed No. 4 and No. 5 spots in a scoring lineup.

Tennessee, Florida State and North Florida round out the top-5.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Texas are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids once again. The Razorbacks, who finished runner-up last year to the Longhorns, return a talented group of athletes, led by Patrick Kiprop, who went undefeated in 2021 while at NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific. Defending regional champion Texas welcomes back a seasoned core of athletes, paced by defending individual champion Haftu Knight.

Texas A&M, Tulane and Arkansas State round out the top-5.

Southeast Region

Wake Forest and Furman are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids once again. The defending regional champion Demon Deacons return a squadron of talented athletes, of which three finished among the top-15 athletes last year led by regional runner-up Aaron Las Heras. The Paladins also welcome back a strong core of athletes, led by Cameron Ponder, and added a host of talented athletes in the offseason.

North Carolina, NC State and Charlotte round out the top-5.

West Region

Stanford and Washington are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids once again. The defending regional champion Cardinal is loaded in 2022, as it returns all five of its scoring athletes from the 2021 meet, led by the trio of Charles Hicks, Ky Robinson and Cole Sprout. The Huskies – who finished runner-up last year – welcome back six of top-7 athletes from the regional meet last year, including Ed Trippas and Brian Fay, among others.

Gonzaga, Portland and Boise State round out the top-5.

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

2022 Preseason - August 30th

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
2021
FINAL
1wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten
 2
2notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC
 1
3butlerBUTLER
Big East
 5
4michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
 4
5michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 3
6indianaINDIANA
Big Ten
 6
7eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American
 7
8cincinnatiCINCINNATI
American
 8
9purduePURDUE
Big Ten
 9
10iupuiIUPUI
Horizon
 10
11ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten
 12
12youngstown-stateYOUNGSTOWN STATE
Horizon
 15
13miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American
 13
14toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American
 11
15ohioOHIO
Mid-American
 14

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East
 3
2georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East
 2
3princetonPRINCETON
Ivy League
 1
4penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten
 4
5pittsburghPITTSBURGH
ACC
 5
6pennPENN
Ivy League
 6
7la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10
 7
8navyNAVY
Patriot
 8
9templeTEMPLE
American
 9
10bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot
 10
11monmouthMONMOUTH
Colonial
 11
12lehighLEHIGH
Patriot
 12
13george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10
 13
14lafayetteLAFAYETTE
Patriot
 14
15riderRIDER
Metro Atlantic
 15

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12
 1
2tulsaTULSA
American
 3
3iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12
 2
4minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten
 4
5south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League
 8
6wichita-stateWICHITA STATE
American
 9
7eastern-illinoisEASTERN ILLINOIS
OVC
 6
8bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley
 12
9missouriMISSOURI
SEC
 10
10drakeDRAKE
Missouri Valley
 7
11loyola-chicagoLOYOLA-CHICAGO
Atlantic 10
 15
12kansasKANSAS
Big 12
 14
13kansas-stateKANSAS STATE
Big 12
 11
14iowaIOWA
Big Ten
 13
15illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten
 5

Mountain Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky
 2
2byuBYU
WCC
 1
3coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12
 3
4air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West
 4
5montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky
 7
6utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West
 8
7colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West
 9
8utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC
 10
9southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
WAC
 5
10weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky
 6
11wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West
 11
12nevadaNEVADA
Mountain West
 12
13new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West
 14
14utepUTEP
Conference USA
 13
15idaho-stateIDAHO STATE
Big Sky
 15

Northeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1harvardHARVARD
Ivy League
 2
2syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC
 1
3providencePROVIDENCE
Big East
 4
4ionaIONA
Metro Atlantic
 3
5columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy League
 5
6dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League
 8
7stony-brookSTONY BROOK
Colonial
 9
8umass-lowellUMASS LOWELL
America East
 6
9cornellCORNELL
Ivy League
 7
10boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot
 12
11yaleYALE
Ivy League
 10
12army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot
 11
13northeasternNORTHEASTERN
Colonial
 13
14binghamtonBINGHAMTON
America East
 14
15central-connecticut-stateCENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE
Northeast
 16

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1ole-missOLE MISS
SEC
 1
2alabamaALABAMA
SEC
 2
3tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC
 7
4florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC
 3
5north-floridaNORTH FLORIDA
ASUN
 5
6lipscombLIPSCOMB
ASUN
 4
7middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE
Conference USA
 6
8floridaFLORIDA
SEC
 8
9south-alabamaSOUTH ALABAMA
Sun Belt
 9
10etsuETSU
SoCon
 10
11georgiaGEORGIA
SEC
 11
12vanderbiltVANDERBILT
SEC
 12
13georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC
 13
14auburnAUBURN
SEC
 14
15belmontBELMONT
Missouri Valley
 15

South Central Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC
 2
2texasTEXAS
Big 12
 1
3texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC
 6
4tulaneTULANE
American
 21
5arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt
 3
6north-texasNORTH TEXAS
Conference USA
 8
7lamarLAMAR
Southland
 4
8central-arkansasCENTRAL ARKANSAS
ASUN
 11
9texas-am-corpus-christiTEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Southland
 10
10new-orleansNEW ORLEANS
Southland
 9
11incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland
 13
12riceRICE
Conference USA
 5
13mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland
 7
14lsuLSU
SEC
 16
15stephen-f-austinSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN
WAC
 14

Southeast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC
 1
2furmanFURMAN
SoCon
 2
3north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC
 3
4nc-stateNC STATE
ACC
 4
5charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA
 5
6dukeDUKE
ACC
 6
7eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
ASUN
 ---
8virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC
 7
9kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC
 9
10virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC
 10
11libertyLIBERTY
ASUN
 11
12charleston-southernCHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Big South
 8
13louisvilleLOUISVILLE
ACC
 13
14william-maryWILLIAM & MARY
Colonial
 12
15appalachian-stateAPPALACHIAN STATE
Sun Belt
 14

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 1
2washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 2
3gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC
 5
4portlandPORTLAND
WCC
 3
5boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 6
6oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 4
7california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC
 ---
8santa-claraSANTA CLARA
WCC
 9
9portland-statePORTLAND STATE
Big Sky
 8
10washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 7
11uc-santa-barbaraUC SANTA BARBARA
Big West
 10
12arizonaARIZONA
Pac-12
 ---
13cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West
 11
14uclaUCLA
Pac-12
 12
15idahoIDAHO
Big Sky
 13


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
Great Lakes (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Wisconsin111
Notre Dame222
Butler333
Michigan544
Michigan State455
Miami (Ohio)13106
Indiana667
Eastern Michigan778
Toledo14149
Purdue9910
Cincinnati8811
Ohio State111212
Kent State1513
Dayton14
Milwaukee15
IUPUI1011
Youngstown State1213
Ohio15
Mid-Atlantic (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Georgetown231
Villanova112
Princeton323
Penn654
Pittsburgh545
Penn State466
Navy877
Temple988
Saint Joseph's109
Lehigh121310
Monmouth111211
Bucknell10912
Rider1513
UMBC14
George Washington131415
La Salle711
Loyola (Md.)15
Lafayette14
Midwest (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Oklahoma State111
Tulsa222
Iowa State333
Illinois1564
Bradley8125
Wichita State646
Drake1097
Iowa1458
Minnesota479
South Dakota State51010
Missouri9811
Kansas State131412
Kansas121313
Eastern Illinois71114
Oklahoma1515
Loyola-Chicago11
Mountain (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Northern Arizona111
BYU222
Colorado333
Air Force444
Montana State555
Utah State666
Utah Valley877
Wyoming1188
Colorado State799
New Mexico131210
Nevada121111
Southern Utah91412
Weber State101013
Idaho State151314
Texas Tech1515
UTEP14
Northeast (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Harvard111
Syracuse222
Iona433
Stony Brook744
Providence355
Dartmouth676
UMass Lowell887
Columbia568
Army West Point12139
Northeastern131210
Cornell9911
Boston University101012
Yale111113
Buffalo14
Binghamton141415
Central Connecticut State1515
South (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Alabama211
Ole Miss132
Florida State443
Tennessee324
North Florida555
Middle Tennessee766
Georgia Tech13137
ETSU1088
Florida879
Memphis910
Auburn141511
Belmont151012
Vanderbilt121113
Lipscomb61214
South Alabama91415
Georgia11
South Central (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Arkansas111
Texas222
Texas A&M333
Tulane444
Arkansas State555
Incarnate Word1166
Central Arkansas877
Rice1288
LSU1499
Lamar71010
New Orleans101111
Louisiana1212
UT Arlington13
McNeese State131314
Stephen F. Austin1515
Little Rock14
Houston15
North Texas6
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi9
Southeast (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Wake Forest111
North Carolina332
Furman223
NC State444
Charlotte555
Virginia876
Duke667
Kentucky998
Liberty11149
Eastern Kentucky7810
Appalachian State151111
Virginia Tech101012
Charleston Southern121513
George Mason14
William & Mary141215
Richmond13
Louisville13
West (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Stanford111
Washington222
Gonzaga333
Portland444
Boise State555
Oregon666
California Baptist777
Santa Clara888
Portland State999
Washington State101010
UC Santa Barbara111111
Arizona121212
Cal State Fullerton131313
UCLA141414
Idaho151515

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 9: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/26
Tue 9/27
Week 4Mon 10/3
Tue 10/4
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
Tue 10/18
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
Tue 11/1
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
Sat 11/19