Stanford Retains Top Spot in Men’s Division I XC Poll

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

October 20, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The Stanford men’s cross country team remained No. 1 in the nation in the poll released today by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The poll comes after the Indiana State Division I Pre-National races that featured most of the top teams in the nation competing at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., site of the NCAA meet in November.

The Cardinal won the White Race in impressive fashion to retain its top ranking, while Pac-10 rival, Oregon, which won the Blue Race, climbed five spots to No. 2 in the polls. Oregon and Stanford will square off at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30.

Oklahoma State, which competed and won the men’s title at the Chile Pepper Festival, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by Colorado who remained at No. 4 in the coaches poll this week.

Fifth-ranked Northern Arizona and sixth-ranked Alabama each fell three spots this week.

No. 24 Auburn moved back into the rankings this week and is followed by newcomers Lousville (No. 25) and Washington State (No. 26) to the USTFCCCA Coaches poll.

For the complete men’s USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country National Top 30 – please click here.