First Regular Division I Poll Keeps Top Intact, Georgetown Women to Top Ten

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 14, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The first regular season national cross country poll in Division I by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has yielded little change to the top as compared to the preseason poll released on August 31. The Georgetown women were the lone new addition to the top ten, jumping four spots after a successful weekend at Penn State.

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MEN: On the men’s side, the only minor shake up was the distribution of first-place votes among No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Oklahoma State, and No. 3 Northern Arizona. The Cardinal now holds half of the FPVs to Oklahoma State’s five and Northern Arizona’s one. In the preseason poll, Oklahoma State held a majority of FPVs with seven.

No. 18 Michigan State was the highest-moving team on the men’s side as they bumped up three spots on the poll from 21st in the preseason. No. 24 Princeton is a new addition to the top 30 from the preseason ratings.

Among the meets to watch this weekend, No. 26 Butler and No. 28 Indiana will be among the fray at the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue on Friday. The highest-ranked team in action will be No. 3 Northern Arizona at San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational on Saturday. No. 5 Alabama will host the Crimson Classic on Saturday.

The Big 12 remains the top conference represented in the poll with five teams in the top 30. The Big East, Big Ten, and ACC each have four of their members in the fold.

WOMEN: On the women’s side, Oregon and Texas Tech swapped positions from their preseason perches. The Ducks are now No. 4 while the Lady Raiders moved to No. 5. No. 7 Georgetown, who surged four spots from 11th, enters the top ten for the first time this season.

The Hoyas were the team champions at last weekend’s Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, hosted by Penn State. Georgetown topped then-No. 7 Princeton (45) and then-No. 24 Penn State (59) with a 28-point tally. Georgetown took three of the 6K’s top spots. Sophomore Emily Jones led the team with a 20:59.2 clocking.

The largest move in the women’s poll came from No. 24 Iowa who was 29th in the preseason. In addition, No. 30 North Carolina entered the poll for the first time this season.

This weekend, No. 1 Villanova will be in action at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday. No. 2 Florida State is slated to be at the Boston College Invitational on Sunday while No. 3 Washington will host the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle on Saturday. No. 15 Notre Dame will host the National Catholic Invitational on Friday. No. 16 Iowa State and No. 24 Iowa will battle at the Iowa Intercollegiate on Saturday while No. 21Michigan State and No. 27 Michigan will meet at the Spartan Invitational in East Lancing. No. 18 New Mexico No. 19 UTEP will go head-to-head at the New Mexico State Kachina Classic on Saturday.

Overall, six Big Ten and Big East women’s squads are represented in the top 30. The ACC and Pac-10 each have four in the order.

The next national poll will be announced on September 21. 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 Week #1, September 14

next ranking: September 21
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location Last Week
1 Stanford (6) 352 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif. 1
2 Oklahoma State (5) 347 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla. 2
3 Northern Arizona (1) 332 Mountain Big Sky Flagstaff, Ariz. 3
Oregon 332 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore. 3
5 Alabama 300 South SEC Tuscaloosa, Ala. 5
6 Colorado 297 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo. 6
7 Wisconsin 290 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis. 7
8 Portland 261 West West Coast Portland, Ore. 8
9 Syracuse 259 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y. 9
10 Iona 258 Northeast Metro Atlantic New Rochelle, N.Y. 10
11 NC State 216 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C. 11
12 Oklahoma 211 Midwest Big 12 Norman, Okla. 12
13 Arkansas 194 South Central SEC Fayetteville, Ark. 13
14 New Mexico 185 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M. 14
Villanova 185 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa. 15
16 BYU 145 Mountain Mountain West Provo, Utah 17
17 Arizona State 140 West Pac-10 Tempe, Ariz. 19
18 Michigan State 131 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich. 21
19 Iowa State 130 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa 18
20 Providence 129 Northeast BIG EAST Providence, R.I. 20
21 Duke 128 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C. 23
22 Virginia 118 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va. 22
23 Florida State 101 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla. 24
24 Princeton 98 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J. RV
25 Georgetown 96 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C. 16
26 Butler 72 Great Lakes Horizon Indianapolis, Ind. 25
27 Minnesota 62 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn. 26
28 Indiana 56 Great Lakes Big Ten Bloomington, Ind. 27
29 William and Mary 39 Southeast Colonial Williamsburg, Va. 28
30 Texas 34 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas 28
Others Receiving Votes: Cal Poly 32, Ohio State 22, North Carolina 8, UCLA 7, California 6, Louisville 6, Florida 1.
Dropped Out: No. 30 Cal Poly

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Week #1, September 14

next ranking: September 21
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location Last Week
1 Villanova (12) 360 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa. 1
2 Florida State 344 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla. 2
3 Washington 332 West Pac-10 Seattle, Wash. 3
4 Oregon 305 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore. 5
5 Texas Tech 303 Mountain Big 12 Lubbock, Texas 4
6 Duke 294 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C. 6
7 Georgetown 290 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C. 11
8 Florida 270 South SEC Gainesville, Fla. 8
9 Princeton 263 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J. 7
10 Syracuse 245 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y. 9
11 Colorado 224 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo. 13
12 Virginia 214 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va. 10
13 Stanford 213 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif. 12
14 Providence 188 Northeast BIG EAST Providence, R.I. 14
15 Notre Dame 169 Great Lakes BIG EAST South Bend, Ind. 17
16 Iowa State 164 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa 16
17 West Virginia 155 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Morgantown, W. Va. 15
18 New Mexico 150 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M. 18
19 UTEP 147 Mountain Conference USA El Paso,Texas 19
20 BYU 135 Mountain Mountain West Provo, Utah 20
21 Michigan State 109 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich. 23
22 SMU 99 South Central Conference USA University Park, Texas 22
23 Arizona 93 West Pac-10 Tucson, Ariz. 25
24 Iowa 91 Midwest Big Ten Iowa City, Iowa 29
25 Minnesota 82 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn. 21
26 Wisconsin 71 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis. 26
27 Michigan 70 Great Lakes Big Ten Ann Arbor, Mich. 27
28 Penn State 58 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten State College, Pa. 24
29 Rice 31 South Central Conference USA Houston, Texas 28
30 North Carolina 26 Southeast ACC Chapel Hill, N.C. RV
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 21, Nebraska 15, Indiana 9, Stony Brook 7, Ohio State 6, Toledo 6, Arkansas 4, Kansas 4, Vanderbilt 4, Kansas State 3, Miami (Ohio) 2, Baylor 1.
Dropped Out: No. 30 Arizona State