Stanford, Villanova Begin 2010 Cross Country Season as National Number Ones

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 31, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The men of Stanford and women of Villanova will begin the 2010 cross country campaign as the nation’s No. 1 teams as assigned by the release of today’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Cross Country Coaches’ Poll.

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The Cardinal men received less number one votes (4) than No. 2 and defending national champions Oklahoma State (7) and are coming off a 2009 season that had them finish tenth at the NCAA Championships. No. 3 Northern Arizona grabbed the other first place vote and is in a tie with Oregon for the third-place spot on the poll.

Stanford returns now-junior Chris Derrick who placed third in last year’s national championships behind returning Samuel Chelanga of Liberty and David McNeill of Northern Arizona. Oklahoma State returns national top-10 finisher Colby Lowe for his junior season. Along with McNeill, Northern Arizona returns national top-five finisher Jordan Chipangama for his senior season. Oregon returns top-30 finishers from a year ago Luke Puskedra and Matthew Centrowitz.

Stanford will open the season this Friday at Nevada’s Jim Vanden Heuvel Twilight and will stay idle until hosting the Stanford Invitational on September 25. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State start the season on Saturday at the Tulsa Duels and will host the Cowboy Jamboree on September 25. Northern Arizona hosts the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff on Saturday and then will travel to San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational on September 18 before facing No. 1 Stanford at their invitational on September 25. Oregon opens the campaign on Friday at Oregon State’s John Frank Memorial Invitational. The Ducks will then sit on the pond until October 1 when they compete at the Notre Dame Invitational.

The Big 12 Conference leads the nation’s leagues with five teams in the national top 30, including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Colorado, No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 18 Iowa State, and No. 28 Texas. The Big East, Big Ten, and ACC fall next in line with four.

National defending women’s champions Villanova swept the board in the preseason poll, receiving all 12 first-place votes to open the season. No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Washington, and No. 4 Texas Tech follow the Wildcats, matching their finishes from last fall’s NCAA Championships.

 The Wildcats are scheduled to return four that placed in the nation’s top 25 at last year’s championships, including Amanda Marino (sixth), Sheila Reid (13th), Bogdana Mimic (22nd), and Ali Smith (24th). Florida State graduated Susan Kuijken, but returns Pasca Cheruiyot who was 16th in last year’s national race and Amanda Winslow was in the nation’s top 40 as a freshman. Washington, national team champs in 2008, had then-sophomore Kendra Schaaf place second in last year’s national race and returners Marie Lawrence and Christine Babcock followed with national top 35 finishes. Schaaf transfered to North Carolina in the off-season.

Villanova opens the season on September 18 at the Delaware Invitational, followed by the Main Line Invitational at Haverford on Thursday, September 23. Florida State opens this weekend at Appalachian State’s Covered Bridge Open before taking place in the Across the State Relays charity event on September 11, benefiting the United Way. Washington will open with a dual versus Washington State this Friday in Husky coach Greg Metcalf’s hometown of Ephrata, Wash. The Huskies will continue the season on September 18 with the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

The Big Ten and Big East each have six of their members in the national top 30. The Pac-10 sits close behind with five representatives, followed by Conference USA, the ACC, and the Big 12 with three apiece.

The next national poll will be announced on September 13. The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Preseason, August 31

next ranking: September 14
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location 2009 NCAA
1 Stanford (4) 349 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif. 10
2 Oklahoma State (7) 339 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla. 1
3 Northern Arizona (1) 329 Mountain Big Sky Flagstaff, Ariz. 4
Oregon 329 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore. 2
5 Alabama 299 South SEC Tuscaloosa, Ala. 3
6 Colorado 296 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo. 6
7 Wisconsin 292 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis. 7
8 Portland 258 West West Coast Portland, Ore. 13
9 Syracuse 255 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y. 14
10 Iona 241 Northeast Metro Atlantic New Rochelle, N.Y. 8
11 NC State 211 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C. 27
12 Oklahoma 202 Midwest Big 12 Norman, Okla. 12
13 Arkansas 181 South Central SEC Fayetteville, Ark. 26
14 New Mexico 180 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M. 8
15 Villanova 168 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa. 11
16 Georgetown 165 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C. 22
17 BYU 146 Mountain Mountain West Provo, Utah 17
18 Iowa State 144 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa 16
19 Arizona State 137 West Pac-10 Tempe, Ariz. 19
20 Providence 129 Northeast BIG EAST Providence, R.I. 20
21 Michigan State 125 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich. 31
22 Virginia 122 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va. 15
23 Duke 108 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C. 28
24 Florida State 98 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla. 30
25 Butler 80 Great Lakes Horizon Indianapolis, Ind. DNQ
26 Minnesota 75 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn. 24
27 Indiana 64 Great Lakes Big Ten Bloomington, Ind. DNQ
28 William and Mary 60 Southeast Colonial Williamsburg, Va. 5
Texas 60 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas 28
30 Cal Poly 34 West Big West San Luis Obispo, Calif. DNQ
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 32, Ohio State 24, Florida 10, Louisville 9, North Carolina 8, UCLA 8, California 7, Columbia 4, UTEP 2, Washington 1.

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Preseason, August 31

next ranking: September 14
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location 2009 NCAA
1 Villanova (12) 360 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa. 1
2 Florida State 339 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla. 2
3 Washington 337 West Pac-10 Seattle, Wash. 3
4 Texas Tech 303 Mountain Big 12 Lubbock, Texas 4
5 Oregon 298 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore. 9
6 Duke 295 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C. 8
7 Princeton 290 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J. 5
8 Florida 278 South SEC Gainesville, Fla. 7
9 Syracuse 240 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y. 18
10 Virginia 227 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va. 15
11 Georgetown 223 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C. 21
12 Stanford 217 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif. 16
13 Colorado 210 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo. 20
14 Providence 202 Northeast BIG EAST Providence, R.I. 11
15 West Virginia 195 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Morgantown, W. Va. 6
16 Iowa State 173 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa 17
17 Notre Dame 155 Great Lakes BIG EAST South Bend, Ind. 23
18 New Mexico 152 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M. 13
19 UTEP 150 Mountain Conference USA El Paso, Texas 22
20 BYU 130 Mountain Mountain West Provo, Utah 19
21 Minnesota 120 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn. 10
22 SMU 117 South Central Conference USA University Park, Texas 25
23 Michigan State 103 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich. 26
24 Penn State 89 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten State College, Pa. 14
25 Arizona 88 West Pac-10 Tucson, Ariz. 30
26 Wisconsin 67 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis. DNQ
27 Michigan 50 Great Lakes Big Ten Ann Arbor, Mich. 27
28 Rice 41 South Central Conference USA Houston, Texas DNQ
29 Iowa 26 Midwest Big Ten Iowa City, Iowa DNQ
30 Arizona State 24 West Pac-10 Tempe, Ariz. 24
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 22, Stony Brook 15, Nebraska 9, Arkansas 8, Indiana 8, Ohio State 6, Vanderbilt 4, California 3, Wichita State 3, Baylor 2, Oklahoma State 1.