DI National XC Poll: Big Weekend Places Florida State as New Top Women’s Team

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 18, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week six national cross country coaches’ poll for the 2011 NCAA Division I season. Another big weekend of head-to-head challenges prompted the nation’s coaches to rearrange much of the men’s and women’s poll. This was especially the case on the women’s side where Florida State takes over as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country and are followed by Washington and Vanderbilt. On the men’s side, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin are 1-2 in the nation for the sixth-straight week.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN

* Oklahoma State and Wisconsin hold the top two spots in the poll for the sixth-straight week. The Cowboys scored wins over then-No. 15 Arkansas and then-No. 3 Oklahoma as the first-place team at the Chile Pepper Festival last weekend. Wisconsin captured a wide-margin victory over a heavily-stacked field at their home adidas Invitational last Friday. The Badgers topped 20 (!!!) ranked teams on the way to the title, which included bettering the likes of then-ranked top ten teams BYU, Stanford, Indiana, NC State, and Oregon.

* Now at No. 3, a season high is BYU who finished second to Wisconsin last weekend. The Cougars scored 120 points to then-No. 4 Stanford’s 125 for the runner-up spot.

* At No. 9, Princeton is in the national top ten for the first time since at least 1998. The Tigers were fourth at the Wisconsin meet.

* Only receiving votes last week, Texas zoomed up the poll to No. 11 this week. The Longhorns finished sixth at Wisconsin’s meet, but were rewarded for besting 16 ranked teams.

* Eastern Kentucky, at No. 17, reached an all-time best position on the poll. At No. 27 Tulsa, makes their first appearance in this year’s poll.

* The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six teams in the top 30, followed by the Big Ten (5) and Big 12 (4).

WOMEN

* Florida State is the new No. 1 and was unanimously voted as so. The Seminoles were the victors of the Pre-National Invitational over then-No. 5 Georgetown, and then-No. 4 Colorado. It is the first time, since at least 1995, that FSU has been the top team in the country. Florida State is the tenth team to be ranked No. 1 since 1995 and joins BYU, Colorado, Duke, Georgetown, Oregon, Providence, Stanford, Villanova, and Washington who are all former number ones.

* Washington climbed 22 spots to No. 2 from 24th after winning Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational with 199 points. The Huskies topped 18 ranked teams for the victory which included then-top ten teams Villanova, Stanford, Syracuse, Iowa State, New Mexico, and Providence.

* Vanderbilt who was ranked in the national top 30 for the first time in team history on September 27, has made a move from unranked to the No. 3 squad in the country. The Commodores finished second to Washington at the adidas meet, and bested 17 ranked teams on Friday.

* Arizona jumped into the national top five for the first time this season at No. 5 after finished third to Washington and Vanderbilt at Wisconsin. The Wildcats were last in the top five in 1998.

* Texas’ women continue to break school records for their women’s cross country team. The Longhorns won the Chile Pepper Festival over then-No. 11 Arkansas and then-No. 29 Oklahoma State and now stand an all-time best No. 12.

* The Big East continues as the top conference with seven squads in the national top 30, followed by the Pac-12 (6) and the ACC (5).

NOTE: Next week is slated to be a "repeat" week, meaning all positions on this week’s poll will carry to next week.

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 #6 — October 18

next ranking: October 25 (repeat), November 1 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (8) 356 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
1
2 Wisconsin (4) 352 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
2
3 BYU 329 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (12th)
6
4 Stanford 319 West Pac-12 Jason Dunn (5th)
4
5 Oklahoma 304 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (7th)
3
6 Colorado 300 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
8
7 Indiana 280 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th)
7
8 Portland 279 West West Coast Rob Conner (22nd)
12
9 Princeton 274 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Steve Dolan (8th)
14
10 Iona 260 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th)
5
11 Texas 231 South Central Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th)
RV
12 Minnesota 216 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (16th)
17
13 Northern Arizona 201 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (5th)
13
14 Providence 190 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
24
15 Arkansas 185 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (4th)
15
16 Villanova 173 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (12th)
19
17 Eastern Kentucky 162 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (33rd)
29
18 Florida State 159 South ACC Bob Braman (12th)
11
19 NC State 158 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (34th)
9
20 UCLA 131 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (3rd)
22
21 Michigan 119 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (2nd)
26
22 Washington State 110 West Pac-12 Pete Julian (2nd)
20
23 Oregon 103 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
10
24 Texas A&M 94 South Central Big 12 Pat Henry (8th)
27
25 Arizona State 71 West Pac-12 Louie Quintana (11th)
23
26 Ohio State 55 Great Lakes Big Ten Robert Gary (16th)
RV
27 Tulsa 50 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gully (10th)
RV
28 Columbia 44 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (18th)
18
29 Notre Dame 28 Great Lakes Big East Joe Piane (37th)
RV
30 North Carolina 18 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
29
Others Receiving Votes: Louisville 10, Georgetown 7, Georgia 6, Cal Poly 4, Penn State 1.
Dropped Out: No. 16 Georgetown, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 25 New Mexico, No. 28 Florida
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 #6 — October 18

next ranking: October 25 (repeat), November 1 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Florida State (12) 358 South ACC Karen Harvey (5th)
3
2 Washington 342 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (10th)
24
3 Vanderbilt 315 South SEC Steve Keith (6th)
RV
4 Villanova 314 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (12th)
1
5 Arizona 304 West Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th)
14
6 Georgetown 302 Mid-Atlantic Big East Chris Miltenberg (4th)
5
7 Providence 276 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
2
8 Stanford 273 West Pac-12 Patti Sue Plumer (1st)
6
9 Syracuse 257 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
8
10 California 237 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (30th)
10
11 Oregon 218 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
12
12 Texas 213 South Central Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th)
17
13 Iowa State 202 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th)
9
14 Arkansas 195 South Central SEC Lance Harter (22nd)
11
15 Michigan State 186 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (8th)
15
16 Colorado 185 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
4
17 Virginia 177 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
16
18 West Virginia 173 Mid-Atlantic Big East Sean Cleary (5th)
19
19 Michigan 171 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
18
20 New Mexico 156 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
7
21 NC State 116 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (6th)
NR
22 North Carolina 100 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
13
23 Notre Dame 86 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (24th)
25
24 Boston College 82 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (20th)
NR
25 Cornell 60 Northeast Ivy Rich Bowman (1st)
RV
26 Penn State 55 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)
20
27 Iowa 46 Midwest Big Ten Layne Anderson (10th)
23
28 Connecticut 34 Northeast Big East Andrea Grove-McDonough (3rd)
RV
29 San Francisco 31 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (9th)
RV
30 Oklahoma State 26 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (3rd)
29
Others Receiving Votes: Florida 23, Duke 15, Minnesota 13, Kansas State 12, Yale 12, Princeton 10, Texas Tech 3, BYU 1, Wisconsin 1.
Dropped Out: No. 21 Minnesota, No. 22 Florida, No. 26 Duke, No. 27 BYU, No. 28 Princeton, No. 30 Tulsa
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)