Cowboys, Hoyas Start DI Cross Country Season as Nation’s Top Dogs

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 30, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its preseason national cross country coaches’ poll for the 2011 NCAA Division I season. Two-time defending NCAA men’s champion Oklahoma State earned ten of 12 first-place votes to remain as the No. 1 team in the country to start the season while Georgetown was selected as the top women’s team in the country for the first time in school history.

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MEN’S POLL

The Cowboys of Oklahoma State will seek a third-straight NCAA crown this November and will return a full slate of returning USTFCCCA All-Americans including German Fernandez, Colby Lowe, Johnathan Stublaski, Girma Mecheso, and Tom Farrell. The Cowboys also added All-American Shadrack Kipchirchir, a sophomore transfer from Western Kentucky.

The men’s No. 2 slot is held by Stanford who finished fourth at the NCAA meet last fall. Wisconsin, who was third at the same meeting, holds at No. 3. Both Stanford and Wisconsin also received one first-place vote. The top ten is rounded out by No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Iona, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Colorado, No. 8 Florida State, No. 8 Indiana, and No. 10 Portland.

Eastern Kentucky makes their first-ever appearance in the national poll with a No. 28 debut.

The Big East Conference has the most men’s teams in the national top 30 to begin the season, which includes No. 14 Syracuse, No. 17 Villanova, No. 18 Providence, No. 20 Louisville, No. 22 Georgetown, and No. 23 Notre Dame. The Pac-12, who gained No. 7 Colorado, and the Big Ten each has four men’s teams listed in the year’s first poll.

WOMEN’S POLL

Georgetown’s women make their first-ever appearance as the top team in the country according to the nation’s coaches. The Hoyas’ previous all-time best ranking was No. 2 on September 24, 2002 – a season in which they eventually finished fourth nationally. In 2010, Georgetown again finished fourth, and this year return six of their seven NCAA lineup, including national runner-up Emily Infeld, Emily Jones, Renee Tomlin, and Madeline Chambers.

At No. 2, New Mexico gained their all-time best ranking after claiming their all-time best NCAA finish of fifth a year ago. Providence rings in at No. 3. Both New Mexico and Providence also earned a first-place vote. Colorado, a new addition to the Pac-12, was selected fourth while two-time defending team champion Villanova was chosen as the No. 5 team in the land to begin the 2011 season.

Reigning national runner-up Florida State starts at No. 6, and No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Duke, and No. 10 Iowa State round out the nation’s top ten.

Texas’ ranking at No. 14 is the squad’s all-time high.

The ACC with six members in the women’s top 30 leads all conferences. Florida State, Duke, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 17 Virginia, No. 18 Boston College, and No. 21 NC State will make the league as competitive as ever. The Big East, Big Ten, and Pac-12 each have five teams in the national poll.

The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, November 21, in Terre Haute, Ind. NCAA Regional Championships will be held nine days prior on Saturday, November 12.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Preseason — August 30

next ranking: September 13
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location
2010
FINAL
1 Oklahoma State (10) 357 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla.
1
2 Stanford (1) 342 West Pac-12 Palo Alto, Calif.
4
3 Wisconsin (1) 335 Great Lakes Big Ten Madison, Wis.
3
4 Oregon 299 West Pac-12 Eugene, Ore.
6
5 Iona 292 Northeast Metro Atlantic New Rochelle, N.Y.
8
6 Oklahoma 288 Midwest Big 12 Norman, Okla.
5
7 Colorado 284 Mountain Pac-12 Boulder, Colo.
15
8 Florida State 261 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla.
2
8 Indiana 261 Great Lakes Big Ten Bloomington, Ind.
7
10 Portland 252 West West Coast Portland, Ore.
13
11 Princeton 225 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J.
12
12 Northern Arizona 223 Mountain Big Sky Flagstaff, Ariz.
9
13 NC State 222 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C.
20
14 Syracuse 218 Northeast Big East Syracuse, N.Y.
14
15 Arkansas 201 South Central SEC Fayetteville, Ark.
10
16 BYU 192 Mountain West Coast Provo, Utah
18
17 Villanova 153 Mid-Atlantic Big East Villanova, Pa.
23
18 Providence 148 Northeast Big East Providence, R.I.
22
19 Virginia 134 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va.
17
20 Louisville 131 Southeast Big East Louisville, Ky.
28
21 New Mexico 110 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M.
16
22 Georgetown 82 Mid-Atlantic Big East Washington, D.C.
29
23 Notre Dame 79 Great Lakes Big East South Bend, Ind.
25
24 Texas 78 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas
26
25 Ohio State 66 Great Lakes Big Ten Columbus, Ohio
DNQ
26 Florida 65 South SEC Gainesville, Fla.
DNQ
27 Minnesota 58 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn.
27
28 Eastern Kentucky 40 Southeast Ohio Valley Richmond, Ky.
DNQ
29 Arizona State 30 West Pac-12 Tempe, Ariz.
DNQ
30 Dartmouth 24 Northeast Ivy Hanover, N.H.
DNQ
Others Receiving Votes: Alabama 20, Penn State 20, North Carolina 17, William & Mary 17, Michigan State 13, Washington 12, Michigan 10, Lamar 6, Arizona 4, Texas A&M 2, Columbia 1.
compiled by Don Kopriva

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Preseason — August 30

next ranking: September 13
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Location
2010
FINAL
1 Georgetown (10) 358 Mid-Atlantic Big East Washington, D.C.
4
2 New Mexico (1) 334 Mountain Mountain West Albuquerque, N.M.
5
3 Providence (1) 333 Northeast Big East Providence, R.I.
9
4 Colorado 324 Mountain Pac-12 Boulder, Colo.
6
5 Villanova 308 Mid-Atlantic Big East Villanova, Pa.
1
6 Florida State 278 South ACC Tallahassee, Fla.
2
7 Stanford 276 West Pac-12 Palo Alto, Calif.
13
8 Arizona 242 West Pac-12 Tucson, Ariz.
11
9 Duke 241 Southeast ACC Durham, N.C.
17
10 Iowa State 236 Midwest Big 12 Ames, Iowa
8
11 Washington 219 West Pac-12 Seattle, Wash.
16
12 North Carolina 203 Southeast ACC Chapel Hill, N.C.
14
13 Michigan 198 Great Lakes Big Ten Ann Arbor, Mich.
22
14 Texas 190 South Central Big 12 Austin, Texas
20
15 Syracuse 172 Northeast Big East Syracuse, N.Y.
10
16 Oregon 156 West Pac-12 Eugene, Ore.
12
17 Virginia 144 Southeast ACC Charlottesville, Va.
21
18 Penn State 134 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten State College, Pa.
26
18 Boston College 134 Northeast ACC Chestnut Hill, Mass.
19
20 Texas Tech 129 Mountain Big 12 Lubbock, Texas
3
21 NC State 108 Southeast ACC Raleigh, N.C.
24
22 Princeton 106 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Princeton, N.J.
15
22 Florida 106 South SEC Gainesville, Fla.
29
24 West Virginia 105 Mid-Atlantic Big East Morgantown, W. Va.
DNQ
25 BYU 98 Mountain West Coast Provo, Utah
DNQ
26 Oklahoma State 88 Midwest Big 12 Stillwater, Okla.
17
27 Toledo 75 Great Lakes Mid-American Toledo, Ohio
28
28 Iowa 69 Midwest Big Ten Iowa City, Iowa
DNQ
29 Michigan State 60 Great Lakes Big Ten East Lansing, Mich.
23
30 Minnesota 52 Midwest Big Ten Minneapolis, Minn.
27
Others Receiving Votes: Columbia 43, Arkansas 15, Kansas State 13, Indiana 9, UCalifornia 7, Tulsa 6, San Francisco 6, Vanderbilt 2, James Madison 1, Stony Brook 1, La Salle 1
compiled by Jesse Rosen