Stanford a Unanimous No. 1 in Men’s XC
By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA
November 4, 2009
NEW ORLEANS (November 3, 2009) – For the first time all season the men’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Cross Country Coaches’ Poll has a unanimous number one; the Stanford Cardinal. Despite being ranked as the top team in the country for all but two polls this season the Cardinal finally received the vote of confidence they’ve been looking for all season long.
Stanford won the Pac-10 Cross Country championships scoring 28 points while conference rival and third-ranked Oregon finished second in the team standings with 45 points. Stanford’s Chris Derrick was the overall individual champion breaking former Duck standout and USTFCCCA All-American Galen Rupp’s course record by nearly 20 seconds.
Moving up to No. 2 in the poll this week was Oklahoma State which won the Big 12 Championship over the weekend. It was the second straight men’s cross country title for the Cowboys who had the top four finishers at the meet and five in the top 15. OSU’s Ryan Vail took home the individual honors, his first individual Big 12 title.
Northern Arizona is fourth in the poll following its Big Sky Conference title and Colorado is fifth. The Buffaloes were second at the Big 12 meet behind Oklahoma State.
Iona, winners of its 19th straight MAAC men’s cross country title, improved two spots to No. 9 this week, followed by No. 10 Wisconsin, which won its 11th-straight Big Ten Conference title. The Badgers improved five spots from last week’s rankings.
No. 26 Butler entered the men’s rankings for the first time since the week 3 poll following the Bulldogs perfect score at the Horizon League Championships.
No. 28 Ohio State entered the rankings for the first time this season.
To view the complete men’s rankings visit – www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-i-rankings.