NCAA Cross Country Preview Part 1 — Overview/Schedule

And they’re off! The NCAA returns to Stillwater, which hosted the ’20 Nationals in March of ’21. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

TRYING TO READ THE TEA LEAVES is about all that is available when one attempts to analyze the NCAA Cross Country scene for this mid-September posting.

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 as Oklahoma State prepares to host the big meet on November 19.

One big factor for success in Stillwater is the course itself, which more than a few coaches described in March ’21 as one of the toughest championship courses they had ever seen. It will favor strength runners, so fast times on the flat will not necessarily carry over well.

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
2022 Collegiate Cross Country Schedule
Major Invitationals
01 Cowboy Preview Stillwater, Oklahoma
09 Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational University Park, Pennsylvania
17 McNichols Invitational Terre Haute, Indiana
23 Battle In Beantown Boston, Massachusetts
Griak Invitational Minneapolis, Minnesota
24 Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater, Oklahoma
30 Chile Pepper Invitational Fayetteville, Arkansas
Piane Invitational Notre Dame, Indiana
Short Invitational Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
01 Louisville Classic Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nuttycombe Invitational Madison, Wisconsin
15 Pre-Nationals Stillwater, Oklahoma
Virginia Invite Charlottesville, Virginia
Div. I Conferences
14 IC4A/ECAC New York, New York
24 SWAC Tallahassee, Florida
28 ACC Charlottesville, Virginia
American Athletic Tulsa, Oklahoma
Big 10 Ann Arbor
Big 12 Lubbock, Texas
Big East Attleboro, Massachusetts
Big Sky Cheney, Washington
Colonial Newark, Delaware
Heps New York, New York
Missouri Valley Terre Haute, Indiana
Mountain West Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pac-12 Riverside, California
SEC Oxford, Mississippi
Southland Thibodaux, Louisiana
West Coast Portland, Oregon
29 America East Baltimore, Maryland
Atlantic 10 Mechanicsville, Virginia
Atlantic Sun Huntsville, Alabama
Big South Farmville, Virginia
Big West Riverside, California
Conference USA Denton, Texas
Horizon League Rochester, Michigan
Metro-Atlantic Loudenville, New York
Mid-American Athens, Ohio
Ohio Valley Cookeville, Tennessee
Summit League Grand Forks, North Dakota
Sun Belt Foley, Alabama
WAC Nacogdoches, Texas
Patriot League Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
30 Southern Johns Island, South Carolina
Collegiate Nationals
06 NCAA Div. II Regionals 8 sites
11 Great Lakes Regional Terre Haute, Indiana
Mid-Atlantic Regional University Park, Pennsylvania
Midwest Regional Columbia, Missouri
Mountain Regional Albuquerque, New Mexico
Northeast Regional New York, New York
South Regional Huntsville, Alabama
South Central Regional College Station, Texas
Southeast Regional Louisville, Kentucky
West Regional Seattle, Washington
12 JUCO Championships; Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA Div. III Regionals 10 sites
18 NAIA Championships Tallahassee, Florida
19 NCAA Championships Stillwater, Oklahoma
NCAA III Championships East Lansing, Michigan
03 NCAA II Championships University Place, Washington