NCAA Cross Country Preview Part 1 — Overview/Schedule


When this fall’s top NCAA cross country teams are honored, hopefully the faces will be a lot easier to recognize. (KIM SPIR)

THE MURKIEST OF CRYSTAL BALLS is all that is available when one attempts to analyze the NCAA Cross Country scene in mid-September. At this point, none of the teams have been tested in significant competition and the condition of some of the top runners almost seems to be a closely-guarded secret.

Complicating the matter somewhat — or at least our terminology — is that the battle in Tallahassee on November 20 will be the second Nationals of the calendar year, and that strange bifurcated 1920–21 season that culminated in March didn’t count against anyone’s eligibility because of the pandemic. Don’t be surprised by surprises when the Nationals go down; expect them.

Coming up over the next few days will be links to the 4 detailed sections of our Div. I-based NCAA Cross Country Preview:

Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
Men’s Individuals Women’s Individuals
2021 Collegiate Cross Country Schedule
Major Invitationals
17 Commodore Classic Nashville, Tennessee
18 Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater, Oklahoma
McNichols Invitational Terre Haute, Indiana
24 Battle In Beantown Boston, Massachusetts
01 Piane Invitational Notre Dame, Indiana
02 Chile Pepper Invitational Fayetteville, Arkansas
Louisville Classic Louisville, Kentucky
15 Nuttycombe Invitational Madison, Wisconsin
15 Pre-Nationals Tallahassee, Florida
Div. I Conferences
18 SWAC Clinton, Mississippi
29 ACC Notre Dame, Indiana
American Athletic Lakeland, Florida
Big 10 State College, Pennsylvania
Big 12 Stillwater, Oklahoma
Big East Carmel, Indiana
Big Sky Portland, Oregon
Big South Kernersville, North Carolina
Big West Davis, California
Missouri Valley Normal, Illinois
Mountain West Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pac-12 Salt Lake City, Utah
SEC Columbia, Missouri
Southland Thibodaux, Louisiana
Sun Belt Mobile, Alabama
West Coast Concord, California
30 America East Durham, New Hampshire
Atlantic 10 Cedarville, Ohio
Atlantic Sun Orlando, Florida
Colonial Boston, Massachusetts
Conference USA Charlotte, North Carolina
Heps Princeton, New Jersey
Horizon League Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Metro-Atlantic Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Mid-American Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ohio Valley Nashville, Tennessee
Southern Lexington, Virginia
Summit League Tulsa, Oklahoma
WAC Riverside, California
31 Patriot League Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
20 IC4A/ECAC Bronx, New York
Collegiate Nationals
06 NCAA Div. II Regionals 8 sites
12 NCAA Div. I Regionals 9 sites
Great Lakes Evansville, Indiana
Mid-Atlantic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Midwest Iowa City, Iowa
Mountain Provo, Utah
Northeast Boston, Massachusetts
South Huntsville, Alabama
South Central Waco, Texas
Southeast Louisville, Kentucky
West Sacramento, California
13 JUCO Championships; Richmond, Virginia
NCAA Div. III Regionals 10 sites
19 NAIA Championships Vancouver, Washington
20 NCAA Championships Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA II Championships Tampa, Florida
NCAA III Championships Louisville, Kentucky