2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Change is in the air.
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Three of the nine regions saw shifts in their respective top-5s, while two of those regions (Mountain and Northeast) recognized new No. 1 programs.
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.
Remember that Regional Championships Friday is set for November 11!
Great Lakes Region
Projected AQs: No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Notre Dame
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Butler, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Michigan State
Projected AQs: No. 1 Georgetown, No. 2 Princeton
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Penn, No. 5 Pittsburgh
Note: Princeton leapfrogged Villanova into the No. 2 spot following a strong effort at the Cowboy Jamboree. Look for the Wildcats to answer back this weekend at the Paul Short Run.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Tulsa
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Bradley
Projected AQs: No. 1 BYU, No. 2 Northern Arizona
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Air Force, No. 5 Montana State
Note: BYU leapfrogged Northern Arizona into the No. 1 spot following a head-to-head victory at the Cowboy Jamboree.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Harvard
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Iona, No. 4 Stony Brook, No. 5 Providence
Note: Syracuse leapfrogged Harvard into the No. 1 spot after a head-to-head victory at the Cowboy Jamboree.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 5 North Florida
Note: Both Florida State and Tennessee jumped Ole Miss into the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, dropping the Rebels to No. 4. Ole Miss was penalized for finishing 15th at the Cowboy Jamboree.
South Central Region
Projected AQs: No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Texas
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Tulane, No. 5 Arkansas State
Projected AQs: No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 NC State, No. 5 Furman
Note: Virginia surged three spots after an impressive victory at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. The Cavaliers averaged 23:55 for the 8k course and had a five-second spread.
Projected AQs: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Gonzaga
Also in the Hunt: No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 California Baptist, No. 5 Washington
Note: Stanford held steady at No. 1, but Gonzaga, Oregon and California Baptist all saw their ranking improve between Week 2 and Week 3. The Bulldogs fared well at the Cowboy Jamboree, while the Ducks ran strong at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, and the Lancers impressed in a runner-up showing at the Roy Griak Invitational.