The Georgia men's and women's cross country teams entered the 2001 season with a new coach and new hope to reach a higher level of success. After sixth and 14th place finishes at the SEC and South Region Championships in 2000, the men looked to improve their placing at both meets. The women looked to continue their recent success after finishing second at both the conference and region meets. from 14th a year ago.
With a young men's team and a women's squad that lost three of the top four runners from the 2000 squad to graduation, new cross country coach Dan Waters had the challenge of guiding the teams to their goals after joining the Georgia track and field staff in September. from 14th a year ago.
The men's team relied on youth to carry the team with five freshman in the team's top eight. What the Bulldogs lacked in experience, it made up for in talent. Freshman Mike Swope led the Bulldogs through the post-season, placing tenth at the SEC Championships and 11th at the NCAA South Region Championships. The All-SEC and All-Region performer just missed an NCAA individual bid and led the men to sixth-place team finishes at both the conference and region meets. The men's regional placing improved from 14th a year ago.