Cal’s Women Leap to Tenth from Unranked in Latest National Coaches’ Poll

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 27, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week three national cross country coaches’ poll for the 2011 NCAA Division I season. The top five men’s teams and the top nine women’s teams stood their ground from last week’s standing, but a few shifts occurred, including the jump from unranked to tenth by the women of Cal after their tied-first place performance at last weekend’s Griak Invitational.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN
– Top five remained unchanged for the second-straight week.
– Season-best positions on the poll were achieved this week by No. 6 Indiana, No. 9 NC State, No. 14 BYU, No. 20 Minnesota, and No. 26 Eastern Michigan. NC State was the winning team at Minnesota’s Griak Invitational last weekend over then-No. 10 Portland and then-No. 24 Minnesota.
– Michigan is in the top 30 for the first time this season, debuting at 28th.
– Arizona State (tied 29th) returns to the poll for the first time since the preseason.
– The Big East with six teams in the poll leads all conferences, followed by the Big Ten (5) and Pac-12 (4).
– This weekend will be a busy one as 27 ranked teams are slated to be in action … The Notre Dame Invitational is scheduled to have eight ranked teams on hand as No. 3 Stanford, No. 10 Florida State, and No. 12 Princeton headline the group … Lehigh’s Paul Short Run is expected to have eight ranked teams, including a split Princeton group, in tow as well as No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iona … Oklahoma is also listed for the Cowboy Jamboree which has six ranked teams on the docket, including top-ranked host Oklahoma State and No. 6 Indiana … No. 2 Wisconsin will visit No. 8 Oregon for the Bill Dellinger Invitational … No. 7 Colorado hosts the Rocky Mountain Shootout … No. 9 NC State stays near home with the Great American Cross Country Festival in Raleigh.

WOMEN
— The top nine in the poll were unchanged for the second-straight week.
— Cal leaped from unranked (but receiving votes) to the tenth spot in the poll after managing a first-place tie with No. 8 Iowa State at the Griak Invitational. Cal defeated seven ranked teams, including then-No. 10 Arizona. The ranking is the Golden Bears’ highest-ever poll ranking (since 1995), topping their previous best of No. 22 last year. Cal’s best showing at the NCAA Championships was ninth in 1988.
— Arkansas was also unranked last week, but now stands at 18th after defeating then-No. 19 West Virginia and then-No. 29 at last weekend’s Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster.
— Vanderbilt makes their first appearance in the coaches’ poll this season and their first appearance in team history (at least since 1995 our records indicate). Vandy placed seventh at the Griak last weekend and topped then-No. 18 Penn State, then-No. 23 BYU, and then-No. 21 NC State.
— Season-best rankings this week also go to: No. 12 Syracuse, No. 19 Michigan State, and No. 21 Minnesota.
— The Pac-12 has six teams in the top 30 for the conference lead, followed by the Big East (5) and Big Ten (5).
— Like for the men, this upcoming weekend will be an important one for women’s teams around the country … Our count has 23 ranked teams heading out this weekend … Seven ranked teams are expected at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run, including No. 1 Georgetown, No. 3 Providence, No. 5 Villanova, and No. 9 Duke … Notre Dame’s Invitational will have six ranked teams, including No. 2 New Mexico and No. 7 Florida State … No. 4 Colorado hosts the Rocky Mountain Shootout.

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 Week #3 — September 27

next ranking: October 4
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (11) 359 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
1
2 Wisconsin (1) 343 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
2
3 Stanford 339 West Pac-12 Jason Dunn (5th)
3
4 Oklahoma 319 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (7th)
4
5 Iona 302 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th)
5
6 Indiana 289 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th)
7
7 Colorado 286 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
8
8 Oregon 283 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
6
9 NC State 264 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (34th)
11
10 Florida State 258 South ACC Bob Braman (12th)
9
11 Portland 229 West West Coast Rob Conner (22nd)
10
12 Princeton 219 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Steve Dolan (8th)
12
13 Northern Arizona 207 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (5th)
13
14 BYU 202 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (12th)
15
15 Syracuse 197 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
14
16 Arkansas 178 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (4th)
16
17 Providence 167 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
17
18 Villanova 149 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (12th)
18
19 Virginia 135 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
19
20 Minnesota 110 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (16th)
24
21 New Mexico 101 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
20
22 Georgetown 91 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (13th)
21
23 Notre Dame 90 Great Lakes Big East Joe Piane (37th)
22
24 Texas 86 South Central Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th)
22
25 Ohio State 76 Great Lakes Big Ten Robert Gary (16th)
26
26 Eastern Kentucky 57 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (33rd)
27
27 Louisville 50 Southeast Big East Ron Mann (8th)
25
28 Michigan 35 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (2nd)
NR
29 Florida 31 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
28
29 Arizona State 31 West Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Air Force 25, Dartmouth 22, UCLA 15, North Carolina 13, Penn State 9, Lamar 7, Alabama 3, Texas A&M 2, Columbia 1.
Dropped Out: No. 29 Dartmouth, No. 30 North Carolina
compiled by Don Kopriva
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Week #3 — September 27

next ranking: October 4
Rank Institution Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Georgetown (10) 358 Mid-Atlantic Big East Chris Miltenberg (4th)
1
2 New Mexico 343 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
2
3 Providence (1) 328 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
3
4 Colorado (1) 324 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
4
5 Villanova 313 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (12th)
5
6 Stanford 302 West Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (1st)
6
7 Florida State 269 South ACC Karen Harvey (5th)
7
8 Iowa State 267 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th)
8
9 Duke 258 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (8th)
9
10 California 254 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (30th)
RV
11 Arizona 230 West Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th)
10
12 Syracuse 215 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
13
13 Michigan 204 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
12
14 Texas 194 South Central Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th)
14
15 North Carolina 183 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (4th)
15
16 Virginia 151 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
16
17 Oregon 145 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
17
18 Arkansas 137 South Central SEC Lance Harter (22nd)
RV
19 Michigan State 131 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (8th)
26
20 Washington 129 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (10th)
11
21 Minnesota 115 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (27th)
30
22 Princeton 110 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (34th)
20
23 Oklahoma State 89 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (3rd)
22
24 West Virginia 87 Mid-Atlantic Big East Sean Cleary (5th)
19
25 Texas Tech 72 Mountain Big 12 Jon Murray (7th)
24
26 Florida 68 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
25
27 Iowa 56 Midwest Big Ten Layne Anderson (10th)
28
28 Penn State 51 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)
18
29 BYU 50 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (30th)
23
30 Vanderbilt 38 South SEC Steve Keith (6th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Boston College 30, Toledo 21, Dartmouth 17, Kansas State 9, NC State 9, Tulsa 7, San Francisco 6, Clemson 5, Connecticut 5, La Salle 1.
Dropped Out: No. 21 NC State, No. 27 Boston College, No. 29 Toledo
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)