National Cross Country Poll in Division I Has Largest Shift of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 19, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The latest national cross country poll in Division I by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has, by no surprise, seen some shifts in its upper- to mid-ranks. The previous weekend provided some of the best looks of the teams to watch come November and championship season.

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MEN: The top three spots remain unchanged as Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Oregon hold on to top spots. However, Oklahoma State is now evenly-splitting first-place votes with Stanford and just a point behind in the poll. The Cardinal was dominant in their win of the Blue-division race at the Pre-National Invitational, sweeping the top three individual spots and scoring just 43 points to nearest competitor now-No. 4 Iona.

The No. 2 Cowboys of Oklahoma State was just as impressive in their win at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. Oklahoma State tallied just 22 points to No. 7 Indiana’s 73 and now-No. 10 Arkansas’ 74. Oregon remains at No. 3 after winning their home Bill Dellinger Invitational.

Finishing second to Stanford at the Pre-National meet was now-No. 4 Iona, who makes their first appearance in the top five since 2008. Oklahoma, ranked just five times in the national poll before this year, surged to No. 5 – their first-ever appearance in the national top five. The Sooners won the White-division race of the Pre-National meet and topped nine nationally-ranked teams including then-No. 4 Colorado.

At No. 8 Florida State makes their first visit to the top ten since 2006.

The Big East and ACC each have five teams in the top 30 to lead all conferences. The Big 12 is next with four, followed by the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-10 with three apiece.

WOMEN: In the women’s poll, the only notable change at the top is that Villanova, who had all 12 first-place votes throughout the season, has one less this week as No. 4 Texas Tech was the beneficiary. Colorado’s women moved from No. 9 to their season best at No. 7 after a second-place finish in the White-division race at the Pre-National Invitational. Stanford’s women moved up eight spots to No. 9, reaching the top ten for the first time this season as they came third to No. 5 Georgetown and Colorado.

Receiving a place in the poll for the first time this season, No. 15 Texas was vaulted to their current position after placing fifth in the Blue-division race at the Pre-National Invitational. For the Longhorns, it is the squad’s best rank since being picked 16th on October 19, 1999. No. 22 California also is in the rankings for the first time this season, and is experiencing their best ranking since at least 1995 after topping three nationally ranked teams at the Pre-National meet.

The University of San Francisco at No. 26 is in the national poll for the first time in their history. The Dons from the West Coast Conference topped three ranked teams at the Pre-National race, including then-No. 19 Michigan and then-No. 23 NC State.

Overall, the ACC has broken out as the conference chart-topper with six institutions in the top 30. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-10 each have five in the top 30, followed by the Big East’s four.

The next regular national poll will be announced on November 2, following conference championship weekend. The October 26th poll is a scheduled “repeat” week as all current rankings will hold true for the upcoming week. 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 #6, October 19

next ranking: October 26 (repeat), November 2 (regular)
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location
Last
1 Stanford (6) 354 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif.
1
2 Oklahoma State (6) 353 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla.
2
3 Oregon 337 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore.
3
4 Iona 311 Northeast Metro Atlantic New Rochelle, N.Y.
18
5 Oklahoma 292 Midwest Big 12 Norman, Okla.
16
6 Wisconsin 282 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis.
11
7 Indiana 276 Great Lakes Big Ten Bloomington, Ind.
7
8 Florida State 264 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla.
15
9 Colorado 248 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo.
4
10 Arkansas 245 South Central SEC Fayetteville, Ark.
6
11 Northern Arizona 241 Mountain Big Sky Flagstaff, Ariz.
5
12 New Mexico 234 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M.
10
13 BYU 233 Mountain Mountain West Provo, Utah
19
14 Duke 230 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C.
9
15 Portland 213 West West Coast Portland, Ore.
8
16 NC State 176 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C.
13
17 Syracuse 171 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y.
14
18 Princeton 166 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J.
12
19 Virginia 142 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va.
17
20 William and Mary 138 Southeast Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
27
21 Georgetown 106 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C.
22
22 California 96 West Pac-10 Berkeley, Calif.
RV
23 Notre Dame 76 Great Lakes BIG EAST South Bend, Ind.
28
24 Penn State 73 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten State College, Pa.
23
25 North Carolina 68 Southeast ACC Chapel Hill, N.C.
RV
26 Florida 60 South SEC Gainesville, Fla.
30
27 Alabama 49 South SEC Tuscaloosa, Ala.
24
28 Louisville 35 Southeast BIG EAST Louisville, Ky.
NR
29 Villanova 33 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa.
RV
30 Texas 24 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas
29
Others Receiving Votes: UCLA 19, Columbia 8, Michigan State 5, Dartmouth 4, Tulsa 2, Ohio State 1.
Dropped Out: No. 20 Michigan State, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 25 Minnesota, No. 26 UCLA.
compiled by Don Kopriva

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Week #6, October 19

next ranking: October 26 (repeat), November 2 (regular)
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location
Last
1 Villanova (11) 359 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Villanova, Pa.
1
2 Oregon 344 West Pac-10 Eugene, Ore.
2
3 Florida State 334 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla.
3
4 Texas Tech (1) 322 Mountain Big 12 Lubbock, Texas
4
5 Georgetown 315 Mid-Atlantic BIG EAST Washington, D.C.
5
6 Arizona 297 West Pac-10 Tucson, Ariz.
6
7 Colorado 279 Mountain Big 12 Boulder, Colo.
9
8 Syracuse 264 Northeast BIG EAST Syracuse, N.Y.
7
9 Stanford 258 West Pac-10 Palo Alto, Calif.
17
10 New Mexico 238 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M.
8
11 Iowa State 236 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa
11
12 Duke 216 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C.
10
13 Providence 208 Northeast BIG EAST Providence, R.I.
16
14 Stony Brook 206 Northeast America East Stony Brook, N.Y.
12
15 Texas 199 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas
NR
16 Michigan State 172 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich.
18
17 North Carolina 169 Southeast ACC Chapel Hill, N.C.
14
18 Princeton 151 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J.
15
19 Minnesota 147 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn.
26
20 Washington 140 West Pac-10 Seattle, Wash.
13
21 Michigan 82 Great Lakes Big Ten Ann Arbor, Mich.
19
22 California 78 West Pac-10 Berkeley, Calif.
NR
23 Tulsa 72 Midwest Conference USA Tulsa, Okla.
21
24 Virginia 71 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va.
20
25 Boston College 68 Northeast ACC Chestnut Hill, Mass.
22
26 San Francisco 67 West West Coast San Francisco, Calif.
NR
27 Oklahoma State 64 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla.
28
28 NC State 59 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C.
23
29 Indiana 48 Great Lakes Big Ten Bloomington, Ind.
24
30 Iowa 43 Midwest Big Ten Iowa City, Iowa
RV
Others Receiving Votes: BYU 25, Toledo 17, Northern Arizona 12, Penn State 11, Notre Dame 6, Vanderbilt 1, Arkansas 1, Richmond 1.
Dropped Out: No. 25 Arkansas, No. 27 Florida, No. 29 BYU, No. 30 Penn State
compiled by Jesse Rosen