Villanova Makes Move to Women’s No. 1 in National DI Coaches Poll

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 4, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week four national cross country coaches’ poll for the 2011 NCAA Division I season. A busy previous weekend caused quite a shift the national women’s top 25, including a new number one in two-time defending NCAA Champion Villanova. On the men’s side, No. 1 Oklahoma State stays at the top spot after winning their home Cowboy Jamboree while in-state rival Oklahoma makes their first-ever showing in the national top three.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN
– No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Wisconsin are in the top two spots for the fourth week in a row … Two-time defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State has been the top-ranked team since the preseason.
– At No. 3, Oklahoma is making their first-ever appearance in the national top three. The Sooners won Lehigh’s Paul Short Run last weekend by a wide margin over five other nationally-ranked DI schools.
– New to the top ten, BYU moved up eight spots to No. 6 after winning the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday over then-No. 10 Florida State, 46-93.
– No. 18 Columbia debuts in the poll for the first time since at least 1998. The Lions were third at the Paul Short Run, but topped four other top-20 teams on the course.
– At No. 20 and No. 22, Washington State and UCLA are making their first showings to the poll this season, while at No. 27 Texas A&M is listed in the national top 30 for the first time since 2008.
– The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six teams in the national top 25, followed by the Big East (4) and the Big Ten (4).
– Seven ranked teams are schedule to compete this weekend in some form or fashion. No. 5 Iona and No. 18 Columbia have the New York Metro Championships this weekend at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. No. 13 Northern Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State have an intrastate battle coming at the Grand Canyon Invite.

WOMEN
— A brand new slate of the nation’s top three emerged after last weekend’s performances. No. 1 Villanova retains the top spot they last held last year en route to a second-straight NCAA title. The Wildcats finished second to now-No. 2 Providence, 101-104, at Lehigh. No. 3 Florida State rose four spots from seventh after taking the top spot at Notre Dame this past weekend, besting five other nationally-ranked teams, including now-No. 11 Arkansas and then-No. 2 New Mexico.
– At No. 8, Syracuse makes their first showing in the nation’s top ten this season. The Orange was third to Providence and Villanova, but topped then-No. 1 Georgetown at Lehigh’s meet.
– No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 30 Clemson debut in the poll for the first time this season. For Clemson, it’s their first ranking since at least 1995.
– The Big East and Pac-12 each have six teams in the national top 30 to lead the way among conferences. The ACC and Big Ten follow with five teams apiece.
– A light weekend is ahead compared to last as only five ranked teams are slated to be in action. No. 1 Villanova will likely run a smaller group at the Jack St. Clair Memorial in Philly this weekend. No. 2 Providence will compete at the New England (NEICAAA) Championship. No. 14 Arizona goes to the Grand Canyon Invite, No. 15 Michigan State heads to the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, and No. 21 Minnesota takes on the Pine Hill Invite.

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 #4 — October 4

next ranking: October 11 (repeat), October 18 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (11) 359 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
1
2 Wisconsin (1) 348 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
2
3 Oklahoma 327 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (7th)
4
4 Stanford 325 West Pac-12 Jason Dunn (5th)
3
5 Iona 296 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th)
5
6 BYU 291 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (12th)
14
7 Indiana 290 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th)
6
8 Colorado 275 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
7
9 NC State 270 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (34th)
9
10 Oregon 253 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
8
11 Florida State 250 South ACC Bob Braman (12th)
10
12 Portland 227 West West Coast Rob Conner (22nd)
11
13 Northern Arizona 209 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (5th)
13
14 Princeton 206 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Steve Dolan (8th)
12
15 Arkansas 179 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (4th)
16
16 Georgetown 172 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (13th)
22
17 Minnesota 143 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (16th)
20
18 Columbia 139 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (18th)
RV
19 Villanova 125 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (12th)
18
20 Washington State 118 West Pac-12 Pete Julian (2nd)
NR
21 Syracuse 101 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
15
22 UCLA 92 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (3rd)
RV
23 Arizona State 91 West Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th)
29
24 Providence 81 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
17
25 New Mexico 80 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
21
26 Michigan 74 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (2nd)
28
27 Texas A&M 54 South Central Big 12 Pat Henry (8th)
RV
28 Florida 43 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
29
29 North Carolina 30 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (4th)
RV
29 Eastern Kentucky 30 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (33rd)
26
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 28, Virginia 17, Lamar 11, Tulsa 11, Air Force 10, Notre Dame 8, Penn State 7, Ohio State 4, Iowa State 3, Brown 3, Virginia Tech 1.
Dropped Out: No. 19 Virginia, No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 24 Texas, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 27 Louisville
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 #4 — October 4

next ranking: October 11 (repeat), October 18 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Villanova (6) 354 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (12th)
5
2 Providence (5) 346 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
3
3 Florida State 326 South ACC Karen Harvey (5th)
7
4 Colorado (1) 316 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
4
5 Georgetown 313 Mid-Atlantic Big East Chris Miltenberg (4th)
1
6 Stanford 305 West Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (1st)
6
7 New Mexico 265 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
2
8 Syracuse 260 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
12
9 Iowa State 257 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th)
8
10 California 238 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (30th)
10
11 Arkansas 227 South Central SEC Lance Harter (22nd)
18
12 Oregon 219 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
17
13 North Carolina 210 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (4th)
15
14 Arizona 198 West Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th)
11
15 Michigan State 195 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (8th)
19
16 Virginia 193 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
16
17 Texas 180 South Central Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th)
14
18 Michigan 161 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
13
19 West Virginia 127 Mid-Atlantic Big East Sean Cleary (5th)
24
20 Penn State 124 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)
28
21 Minnesota 94 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (27th)
21
22 Florida 88 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
26
23 Iowa 76 Midwest Big Ten Layne Anderson (10th)
27
24 Washington 75 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (10th)
20
25 Notre Dame 65 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (24th)
NR
26 Duke 61 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (8th)
9
27 BYU 59 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (30th)
29
28 Princeton 51 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (34th)
22
29 Oklahoma State 48 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (3rd)
23
30 Clemson 42 Southeast ACC Lawrence Johnson (4th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Vanderbilt 25, Yale 16, Texas Tech 14, Indiana 12, Kansas State 10, Connecticut 8, Tulsa 7, Dartmouth 7, Cornell 4, Missouri 2, San Francisco 1.
Dropped Out: No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 30 Vanderbilt.
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)