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

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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 Saturday is set for November 12.

East Region

Defending regional champion MIT is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s third-place team Tufts, which swapped spots with regional runner-up Colby. The Engineers welcome back five of the seven athletes who helped them win that regional title and then finish runner-up at the NCAA Championships. The Jumbos return four of the seven runners from their team last year and welcomed in a strong freshman class.

The aforementioned Mules, Bates and WPI round out the preseason top-5.

Great Lakes Region

Defending regional champion John Carroll is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Otterbein sits No. 2. The Blue Streaks return six of the seven athletes from last year’s team, including national and regional individual champion Alex Phillip. The Cardinals welcome back their entire flock from last year, which includes three top-15 regional finishers.

Calvin, Mount Union and Case Western Reserve round out the preseason top-5.

Metro Region

Defending regional champion Haverford is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up TCNJ sits No. 2. The Fords welcome back four to their top-5 finishers from last year, including two top-5 athletes, while the Lions return their entire top-7, including two top-10 harriers.

Rowan, Swarthmore and Moravian round out the preseason top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Defending regional champion Carnegie Mellon is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Johns Hopkins sits No. 2. The Tartans return five of the seven athletes who helped them win that title and welcome in an impressive freshman class, while the Blue Jays soared higher and higher each week in 2021 and hope to continue to do so in 2022.

Messiah, Dickinson and Elizabethtown round out the preseason top-5.

Mideast Region

Defending regional champion Williams is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Middlebury is No. 2. Six of the seven athletes who helped the Ephs win that title are back, while the Panthers return their entire top-7 from last year, including four top-15 runners.

RPI, Connecticut College and Amherst round out the preseason top-5.

Midwest Region

Defending regional champion Wartburg is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Washington (Mo.) sits No. 2. The Knights might have lost a few top runners from last year’s squad, but improved a lot on the track and welcomed some new faces. The Bears return four of their top-7 athletes, but lost their top-3 to graduation.

North Central (Ill.), UChicago and Loras round out the preseason top-5.

Niagara Region

Defending regional champion SUNY Geneseo is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Rochester (N.Y.) is No. 2. The Knights put seven runners in the top-5 last year and five of them are back, while the Yellowjackets didn’t have a runner in the top-10, but will return six of their seven athletes from the meet.

SUNY Cortland, Ithaca and Hamilton round out the preseason top-5.

North Region

The top-2 teams from last year’s regional championships switched spots to begin the 2022 season: regional runner-up UW-La Crosse is No. 1 with defending regional champion UW-Whitewater at No. 2. The Eagles welcome back its entire top-7 from last year and were said to have improved in the offseason, while the Warhawks return a solid group of athletes, which includes two top-5 finishers from the 2022 meet.

St. Olaf, UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire round out the preseason top-5.

South Region

The top-2 teams from last year’s regional championships switched spots to begin the 2022 season: regional runner-up Lynchburg is No. 1 with defending regional champion Emory at No. 2. Both the Hornets and the Eagles return their entire top-7 from last year, but the former got the edge thanks to its depth that could make the top-7 this year even harder to crack.

Christopher Newport, Washington & Lee and Berry round out the top-5.

West Region

Defending champion Pomona-Pitzer is No. 1 to begin the season, while regional runner-up Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is No. 2. The Sagehens, who are also the two-time defending national champions, return a number of the athletes who helped them to the regional crown last year, which includes four All-Americans. The Stags welcome back several top athletes and were said to have improved quite a bit through the indoor and outdoor track & field season.

UC Santa Cruz, George Fox and Lewis and Clark round out the top-5.

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

2022 Preseason - August 23rd

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.

East Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1mitMIT
NEWMAC
 1
2tuftsTUFTS
NESCAC
 3
3colbyCOLBY
NESCAC
 2
4batesBATES
NESCAC
 4
5wpiWPI
NEWMAC
 5
6bowdoinBOWDOIN
NESCAC
 6
7babsonBABSON
NEWMAC
 7
8suffolkSUFFOLK
CCC
 9
9brandeisBRANDEIS
UAA
 10
10plymouth-statePLYMOUTH STATE
Little East
 11

Great Lakes Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1john-carrollJOHN CARROLL
OAC
 1
2otterbeinOTTERBEIN
OAC
 2
3calvinCALVIN
MIAA
 4
4mount-unionMOUNT UNION
OAC
 5
5case-western-reserveCASE WESTERN RESERVE
UAA
 3
6depauwDEPAUW
NCAC
 8
7hopeHOPE
MIAA
 9
8wilmington-ohioWILMINGTON (OHIO)
OAC
 10
9ohio-northernOHIO NORTHERN
OAC
 7
10centreCENTRE
SAA
 14

Metro Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1haverfordHAVERFORD
Centennial
 1
2tcnjTCNJ
NJAC
 2
3rowanROWAN
NJAC
 4
4swarthmoreSWARTHMORE
Centennial
 3
5moravianMORAVIAN
Landmark
 6
6ursinusURSINUS
Centennial
 7
7stocktonSTOCKTON
NJAC
 10
8widenerWIDENER
MAC
 9
9ramapoRAMAPO
NJAC
 5
10desalesDESALES
MAC
 8

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1carnegie-mellonCARNEGIE MELLON
UAA
 1
2johns-hopkinsJOHNS HOPKINS
Centennial
 2
3messiahMESSIAH
MAC
 4
4dickinsonDICKINSON
Centennial
 3
5elizabethtownELIZABETHTOWN
Landmark
 5
6washington-jeffersonWASHINGTON & JEFFERSON
PAC
 15
7scrantonSCRANTON
Landmark
 6
8lebanon-valleyLEBANON VALLEY
MAC
 9
9saint-vincentSAINT VINCENT
PAC
 7
10salisburySALISBURY
C2C
 8

Mideast Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1williamsWILLIAMS
NESCAC
 1
2middleburyMIDDLEBURY
NESCAC
 2
3rpiRPI
Liberty League
 3
4connecticut-collegeCONNECTICUT COLLEGE
NESCAC
 6
5amherstAMHERST
NESCAC
 5
6st-lawrenceST. LAWRENCE
Liberty League
 7
7vassarVASSAR
Liberty League
 4
8trinity-connTRINITY (CONN.)
NESCAC
 8
9wesleyan-connWESLEYAN (CONN.)
NESCAC
 9
10springfield-massSPRINGFIELD (MASS.)
NEWMAC
 10

Midwest Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1wartburgWARTBURG
American Rivers
 1
2washington-moWASHINGTON (MO.)
UAA
 2
3north-central-illNORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
CCIW
 3
4chicagoCHICAGO
UAA
 4
5lorasLORAS
American Rivers
 5
6simpson-iowaSIMPSON (IOWA)
American Rivers
 7
7central-iowaCENTRAL (IOWA)
American Rivers
 6
8lutherLUTHER
American Rivers
 8
9millikinMILLIKIN
CCIW
 10
10cornell-collegeCORNELL COLLEGE
MWC
 18

Niagara Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1suny-geneseoSUNY GENESEO
SUNYAC
 1
2rochester-n-yROCHESTER (N.Y.)
UAA
 2
3suny-cortlandSUNY CORTLAND
SUNYAC
 5
4ithacaITHACA
Liberty League
 4
5hamiltonHAMILTON
NESCAC
 3
6nazarethNAZARETH
Empire 8
 7
7nyuNYU
UAA
 8
8suny-brockportSUNY BROCKPORT
SUNYAC
 13
9ritRIT
Liberty League
 9
10suny-delhiSUNY DELHI
NAC
 12

North Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE
WIAC
 2
2uw-whitewaterUW-WHITEWATER
WIAC
 1
3st-olafST. OLAF
MIAC
 5
4uw-stoutUW-STOUT
WIAC
 6
5uw-eau-claireUW-EAU CLAIRE
WIAC
 4
6saint-johns-minnSAINT JOHN'S (MINN.)
MIAC
 9
7carletonCARLETON
MIAC
 7
8uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH
WIAC
 3
9carthageCARTHAGE
CCIW
 11
10uw-plattevilleUW-PLATTEVILLE
WIAC
 15

South Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lynchburgLYNCHBURG
ODAC
 2
2emoryEMORY
UAA
 1
3christopher-newportCHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
C2C
 3
4washington-and-leeWASHINGTON AND LEE
ODAC
 5
5berryBERRY
SAA
 4
6catholic-d-cCATHOLIC (D.C.)
Landmark
 9
7rhodesRHODES
SAA
 7
8oglethorpeOGLETHORPE
SAA
 8
9covenantCOVENANT
CCS
 13
10bridgewater-vaBRIDGEWATER (VA.)
ODAC
 16

West Region -- Men

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1pomona-pitzerPOMONA-PITZER
SCIAC
 1
2claremont-mudd-scrippsCLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
SCIAC
 2
3uc-santa-cruzUC SANTA CRUZ
C2C
 3
4george-foxGEORGE FOX
NWC
 4
5lewis-clarkLEWIS & CLARK
NWC
 5
6pacific-lutheranPACIFIC LUTHERAN
NWC
 7
7la-verneLA VERNE
SCIAC
 9
8colorado-collegeCOLORADO COLLEGE
SCAC
 6
9occidentalOCCIDENTAL
SCIAC
 8
10caltechCALTECH
SCIAC
 12


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
East (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
MIT111
Bates442
Tufts223
Colby334
WPI555
Bowdoin666
Babson777
Suffolk898
Brandeis989
Plymouth State101010
Great Lakes (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
John Carroll111
Otterbein222
Calvin333
Mount Union444
Case Western Reserve555
DePauw676
Hope77
Ohio Northern988
Wilmington (Ohio)869
Centre101010
Franciscan9
Metro (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Haverford111
Rowan322
TCNJ233
Swarthmore464
Moravian545
Stockton756
DeSales1087
Ursinus678
Widener899
Stevens10
Ramapo910
Mid-Atlantic (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Johns Hopkins221
Carnegie Mellon112
Dickinson433
Messiah344
Elizabethtown555
Salisbury1086
Saint Vincent967
Geneva78
Lebanon Valley899
Washington & Jefferson61010
Scranton7
Mideast (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
RPI311
Williams122
Connecticut College453
Amherst534
Middlebury245
Vassar766
St. Lawrence677
Springfield (Mass.)108
Trinity (Conn.)899
Wesleyan (Conn.)9810
SUNY Plattsburgh10
Midwest (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Wartburg111
North Central (Ill.)332
Washington (Mo.)223
Chicago444
Loras555
Central (Iowa)766
Simpson (Iowa)677
Luther888
Millikin999
Cornell College101010
Niagara (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
SUNY Geneseo111
NYU752
SUNY Brockport843
Rochester (N.Y.)224
SUNY Cortland335
Hamilton566
RIT997
Nazareth678
Ithaca489
Fredonia10
SUNY Oneonta10
SUNY Delhi10
North (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
UW-La Crosse111
UW-Whitewater222
St. Olaf333
UW-Stout444
UW-Eau Claire555
UW-Oshkosh886
Saint John's (Minn.)667
Carthage998
Carleton779
MSOE10
UW-Platteville1010
South (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Lynchburg111
Emory222
Christopher Newport333
Washington and Lee444
Berry555
Catholic (D.C.)666
Oglethorpe887
Southern Virginia8
Rhodes779
Bridgewater (Va.)10910
Roanoke10
Covenant9
West (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Pomona-Pitzer111
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps222
UC Santa Cruz333
George Fox444
Lewis & Clark555
La Verne766
Pacific Lutheran677
Occidental988
Colorado College899
Trinity (Texas)1010
Caltech10

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/24
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 24: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/27
Wed 9/28
Oct. 1: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 5Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 6Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Oct. 29-30: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/1
Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/15
Nov. 19: NCAA Champs - Lansing, Mich.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12
Sat 11/19