Men’s Top Five Remain the Same in Division I Cross Country

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

September 29, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS (September 29, 2009) – The top five in the Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll remained the same in the first regular season rankings released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Oregon remained the top ranked team in the country, earning nine first-place votes and 357 points.

Oklahoma State, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Northern Arizona followed the Ducks as the top five went unchanged this week. Stanford was the only team in the top five in action this past weekend as the Cardinal hosted the Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal ran away with the team title scoring a perfect 15 points by taking the top five places, led by Chris Derrick who won the individual title.

All top five will be in action this weekend as Oregon plays host to the Bill Dellinger Invitational, Oklahoma State plays host to the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree, Stanford will travel to UC Davis, Wisconsin will host the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, and Northern Arizona will compete in the ASU Invitational in Mesa, Arizona.

Improving nine spots to No. 16 in the rankings this week is the Iowa State Cyclones. Iowa State competed in the Men’s Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational and took home top honors in the meet.

Three teams found their way into the rankings this week starting with Oklahoma at No. 25, followed by Duke at No. 27, and Princeton at No. 30. Both Oklahoma and Duke ran in the Men’s Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational and finished second and third, respectively, behind Iowa State.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big 12 Conference each placed four teams in the men’s top 30 this week. Four other conferences – Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, and the SEC – each placed three teams in the men’s top 30.

To view the complete 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll Top 30, click here.