Oregon Continues to Top Division I Men’s XC Poll

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

October 14, 2008   

NEW ORLEANS – The Oregon Ducks continue their impressive reign as the No. 1 ranked team in Division I men’s cross country as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the men’s top 30 on Tuesday. Oregon, which received 11 first place votes this week, has remained atop the polls since the preseason.

The Ducks are one of the six men’s teams not competing this coming weekend at the Pre-Nationals event hosted by Indiana State. Instead, the Ducks will travel in-state to Clackamas Community College for the Mike Hodges Invitational.

Second-ranked Oklahoma State, third-ranked Colorado, and fourth-ranked Portland will make the trip to Terre Haute for the Pre-National meet. No. 5 Wisconsin travels to La Crosse.

No. 6 Alabama and No. 7 Iona will head to Terre Haute, while No. 8 Georgetown will travel up to Penn State for the Penn State National this weekend. All told, the Pre-Nationals event will feature 24 of the men’s top 30.

No. 27 Arkansas will be hosting another big meet this weekend; the Chile Pepper Festival.

The 2008 Division I Cross Country National meet will be held on November 24th, 2008 and hosted by Indiana State University.

The voting panel for the USTFCCCA Division I Men’s National Poll consists of the elected executive committee and regional representatives of the USTFCCCA and is conducted by Don Kopriva.

The Men’s Division I Cross Country National Poll:

Ranking Team (first place votes)

Region/Rank

Totals

Previous

1 Oregon – (11)

West-1

359

1

2 Oklahoma State – (1)

Midwest-1

349

2

3 Colorado

Mountain-1

322

3

4 Portland

West-2

314

4

5 Wisconsin

Great Lakes-1

313

5

6 Alabama

South-1

293

6

7 Iona College

Northeast-1

288

7

8 Georgetown

Mid-Atlantic-1

261

8

9 Michigan

Great Lakes-2

250

9

10 Stanford

West-3

247

10

11 Iowa State

Midwest-2

232

11

12 Virginia

Southeast-1

214

12

13 Florida State

South-3

208

13

14 Minnesota

Midwest-3

200

14

15 North Carolina State

Southeast-2

181

15

16 Auburn

South-2

176

16

16 Northern Arizona

Mountain-2

176

16

18 BYU

Mountain-3

170

18

19 Tulsa

Midwest-4

142

19

20 Texas A&M

South Central-2

121

20

21 Texas

South Central-1

119

21

22 Providence

Mid-Atlantic-3

110

22

23 UCLA

West-4

89

23

24 William & Mary

Southeast-3

77

24

25 California

West-6

76

25

26 Syracuse

Northeast-3

61

26

27 Arkansas

South Central-3

47

27

28 Villanova

Mid-Atlantic2

43

28

29 Cal Poly

West-5

41

29

30 Michigan State

Great Lakes-3

34

30

ORV: Indiana (23), Florida (12), Notre Dame, (12), Butler (8), New Mexico (6), UTEP (4), Washington (2), and Southern lllinois (1).

Dropped Out: None.