National Coaches’ Poll Shows Favor for Wisconsin, Florida State Entering NCAA Championships

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 15, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Regional Championships in Division I did not shift around the nation’s top three, but everything else was up-for-grabs in the USTFCCCA’s final regular-season National Cross Country Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday. Wisconsin’s men remain the No. 1 team in the country for the second-straight voting week and will look to knock off two-time defending champion No. 2 Oklahoma State next Monday at the NCAA Championships. Florida State’s women are also No. 1 and are looking to unseat two-time defending national champion No. 2 Villanova in a few days.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN

* No. 1 Wisconsin won their tenth-straight NCAA Great Lakes Regional title on Saturday. The Badgers will make their 40th-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and remain the only team in history to qualify for every national championship since the process began in 1972. (Previously, teams did not have to qualify and just showed up).

* No. 2 Oklahoma State has won the last two NCAA titles and took the Midwest title this weekend by a slim margin, 42-45 over No. 4 Oklahoma.

* No. 3 BYU was again led by Miles Batty who helped the Cougars to the NCAA Mountain title.

* Reaching season-high rankings in this poll are: No. 9 Texas, No. 12 Syracuse, No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Michigan, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 22 Texas A&M, and No. 24 Cal Poly. Texas is ranked in the nation’s top ten for the first time since 2007 after winning the South Central region title this past weekend. For Cal Poly, it is their first national ranking of the season.

* Arkansas is not ranked in the nation’s top 30 for the first time since at least 1998 (our records currently only go back to 1998). In the previous 99 weeks, since the 1998 preseason poll, Arkansas, Colorado, Stanford, and Wisconsin, were the only teams to have appeared in every ranking. Arkansas had also appeared in 37-straight NCAA Championships — everyone since 1974 — but did not qualify this season. Only Wisconsin’s current streak is longer (40).

* The Big East and Big Ten leads with five teams in the national top 30, followed by the Big 12 (4) and Pac-12 (3).

 

WOMEN

* No. 1 Florida State won the South Regional, 34-54, over nearest challenger now-No. 5 Vanderbilt. The Seminoles were second to two-time defending champion Villanova at last year’s NCAA Championships.

* No. 2 Villanova tied Georgetown, 57-57, for the Mid-Atlantic region title.

* No. 3 Washington were winners of the West, taking down nearest challenger Arizona, 50-98.

* Achieving season-best rankings this week are: No. 7 Iowa State, No. 9 West Virginia, No. 10 Michigan, No. 24 Toledo, No. 25 Wisconsin, and No. 26 San Francisco. For Iowa State, it is the squad’s highest ranking since October 2009. Toledo’s ranking is the best in archived-poll history (since 1995).

* The Big East and Pac-12 each have six squads in the nation’s top 30. The Big Ten (5), ACC (4), Big 12 (3), and SEC (3) follows.

Indiana State will host the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday, November 21, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

The men’s race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 12:58 p.m. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, December 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET on CBS HD.


USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Week #10 — November 15

next ranking: none, (NCAA Championships, November 21, final)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Wisconsin (8) 356 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
1
2 Oklahoma State (4) 351 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
2
3 BYU 332 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (12th)
3
4 Oklahoma 317 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (7th)
5
5 Stanford 301 West Pac-12 Jason Dunn (5th)
6
6 Colorado 296 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
4
7 Indiana 287 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th)
7
8 Portland 279 West West Coast Rob Conner (22nd)
8
9 Texas 240 South Central Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th)
11
10 NC State 227 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (34th)
14
11 Florida State 226 South ACC Bob Braman (12th)
16
12 Syracuse 222 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
29
13 Northern Arizona 218 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (5th)
12
14 Iona 208 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th)
9
15 Georgetown 204 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (13th)
23
16 Villanova 169 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (12th)
13
17 Michigan 153 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (2nd)
19
17 Princeton 153 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Steve Dolan (8th)
9
19 Minnesota 127 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (16th)
18
19 Eastern Kentucky 127 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (33rd)
20
21 Tulsa 121 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (10th)
27
22 Texas A&M 117 South Central Big 12 Pat Henry (8th)
24
23 Columbia 105 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (18th)
22
24 Cal Poly 89 West Big West Mark Conover (15th)
RV
25 Notre Dame 68 Great Lakes Big East Joe Piane (37th)
RV
26 Providence 63 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
30
27 Washington State 51 West Pac-12 Pete Julian (2nd)
RV
28 New Mexico 41 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
RV
29 Florida 38 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
RV
30 Ohio State 30 Great Lakes Big Ten Robert Gary (16th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Penn State 17, Arkansas 9, California 7, Georgia 6, Oregon 5, UCLA 4.
Dropped Out: No. 15 Arkansas, No. 17 Oregon, No. 21 UCLA, No. 25 North Carolina, No. 26 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 #10 — November 15

next ranking: none, (NCAA Championships, November 21, final)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Florida State (11) 359 South ACC Karen Harvey (5th)
1
2 Villanova 335 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (12th)
2
3 Washington 326 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (10th)
6
4 Georgetown 322 Mid-Atlantic Big East Chris Miltenberg (4th)
7
5 Vanderbilt 313 South SEC Steve Keith (6th)
4
6 Colorado (1) 287 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
3
7 Iowa State 275 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th)
10
8 Arizona 258 West Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th)
16
9 West Virginia 252 Mid-Atlantic Big East Sean Cleary (5th)
13
10 Michigan 244 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
15
11 New Mexico 242 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
19
12 Syracuse 240 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
9
13 Stanford 218 West Pac-12 Patti Sue Plumer (1st)
8
14 Arkansas 205 South Central SEC Lance Harter (22nd)
17
15 Michigan State 185 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (8th)
12
16 Oregon 180 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
11
17 Texas 166 South Central Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th)
14
18 Boston College 162 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (20th)
18
19 Virginia 150 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
21
20 NC State 131 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (6th)
20
21 Penn State 117 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)
22
22 Oklahoma State 114 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (3rd)
23
23 California 91 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (30th)
26
24 Toledo 85 Great Lakes Mid-American Kevin Hadsell (14th)
RV
25 Wisconsin 59 Great Lakes Big Ten Jim Stintzi (8th)
28
26 San Francisco 47 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (9th)
27
27 Providence 41 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
5
28 Minnesota 37 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (27th)
30
29 Notre Dame 32 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (24th)
24
30 Florida 30 South SEC Mike Holloway (5th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 23, Cornell 18, BYU 13, Weber State 12, Arizona State 7, Columbia 4.
Dropped Out: No. 25 North Carolina, No. 29 Cornell
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)