Wisconsin, Florida State Now Are Atop National Coaches Poll in DI

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 1, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – Wisconsin’s men’s cross country team is the new number one squad in the country according to the nation’s coaches. After a very busy conference championship weekend, the USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll for NCAA’s Division I reflect those who made the best case for a spot among the nation’s elite. The focus will shift to NCAA Regional Championships in the coming days as Wisconsin takes over the men’s top spot for the first time since 2007 and Florida State’s women retain the No. 1 position for the second-straight voting week.

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AROUND THE POLLS

MEN

* Wisconsin takes over as the new No. 1 team in the land. The Badgers won the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, and for the 13th-consecutive time, with a commanding performance, in scoring just 17 points. Wisconsin claimed seven of 12 first-place votes in the poll and are on top of the national poll for the first time since September 25, 2007.

* No. 2 Oklahoma State topped No. 5 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship title, 30-43. The Cowboys, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, had been ranked No. 1 since the preseason.

* No. 3 BYU unseated No. 8 Portland from their 32-year perch atop the West Coast Conference podium with a 25-32 win over the Pilots. The Cougars joined the WCC for the first time in July.

* No. 4 Colorado has reached a season-high ranking after winning the Pac-12 title, over then-No. 4 Stanford, 46-53, in their first-ever appearance at the league meet. The Buffs joined the Pac-12 for the first time this summer after enjoying a successful stay in the Big 12.

* Reaching season highs in the poll this week are No. 13 Villanova, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 25 North Carolina. Villanova scored a big victory, 43-94 over Georgetown for the Big East crown. Michigan tied for third with Minnesota at the Big Ten meet. And, North Carolina was third at the ACC Championships where No. 11 NC State took the title for the second time in three years.

* The Big East and Big Ten share the helm as the conferences with most teams in the top 30 with five. The Pac-12 and Big 12 each have four squads in the top 30, followed by the ACC (3).

WOMEN

* No. 1 Florida State dominated the ACC Championships in scoring just 20 points for their fourth-straight league crown.

* No. 2 Villanova, the two-time defending NCAA Champs, jumped up two spots after claiming the Big East title, 54-63 over No. 5 Providence. For the Wildcats, it was their fourth-straight Big East championship.

* In their first year in a new league, No. 3 Colorado (50) climbed 13 spots from 16th after taking the Pac-12 Championship crown from nearest challengers then-No. 2 Washington (73) and No. 8 Stanford (75).

* No. 4 Vanderbilt dropped a spot despite winning their first-ever SEC Championship in women’s cross country on Monday. The Commodores placed five runners in the top ten to score 30 points and top nearest challengers then-No. 14 Arkansas (61) and Florida (62).

* Also reaching season highs in this week’s poll are No. 11 Oregon, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 West Virginia, No. 20 NC State, and No. 27 San Francisco.

* At No. 28, Wisconsin is ranked in the national top 30 for the first time this season.

* Conferences leading with teams in the top 30 are: Big East (6), Pac-12 (6), ACC (5), Big Ten (5), and Big 12 (3).

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 #8 — November 1

next ranking: November 8 (repeat), November 15 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Wisconsin (7) 355 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
2
2 Oklahoma State (5) 352 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
1
3 BYU 326 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (12th)
3
4 Colorado 318 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
6
5 Oklahoma 312 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (7th)
5
6 Stanford 305 West Pac-12 Jason Dunn (5th)
4
7 Indiana 286 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th)
7
8 Portland 267 West West Coast Rob Conner (22nd)
8
9 Iona 264 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th)
10
9 Princeton 264 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Steve Dolan (8th)
9
11 Texas 212 South Central Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th)
11
12 Northern Arizona 210 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (5th)
13
13 Villanova 204 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (12th)
16
14 NC State 195 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (34th)
19
15 Arkansas 194 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (4th)
15
16 Florida State 172 South ACC Bob Braman (12th)
18
17 Oregon 162 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
23
18 Minnesota 160 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (16th)
12
19 Michigan 145 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (2nd)
21
20 Eastern Kentucky 137 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (33rd)
17
21 UCLA 109 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (3rd)
20
22 Columbia 96 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (18th)
28
23 Georgetown 94 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (13th)
RV
24 Texas A&M 89 South Central Big 12 Pat Henry (8th)
24
25 North Carolina 60 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
30
26 Louisville 48 Southeast Big East Ron Mann (8th)
RV
27 Tulsa 43 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (10th)
27
28 Ohio State 41 Great Lakes Big Ten Robert Gary (16th)
26
29 Syracuse 38 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
NR
30 Providence 36 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
14
Others Receiving Votes: Cal Poly 18, Washington State 17, Arizona State 14, Florida 12, New Mexico 10, California 8, Notre Dame 4, Lamar 3, Utah State 1.
Dropped Out: No. 22 Washington State, No. 25 Arizona State, No. 29 Notre Dame
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 #8 — November 1

next ranking: November 8 (repeat), November 15 (regular)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Florida State (10) 357 South ACC Karen Harvey (5th)
1
2 Villanova (1) 340 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (12th)
4
3 Colorado (1) 331 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (17th)
16
4 Vanderbilt 319 South SEC Steve Keith (6th)
3
5 Providence 315 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (28th)
7
6 Washington 307 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (10th)
2
7 Georgetown 287 Mid-Atlantic Big East Chris Miltenberg (4th)
6
8 Stanford 282 West Pac-12 Patti Sue Plumer (1st)
8
9 Syracuse 249 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (7th)
9
10 Iowa State 244 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th)
13
11 Oregon 241 West Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th)
11
12 Michigan State 229 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (8th)
15
13 West Virginia 196 Mid-Atlantic Big East Sean Cleary (5th)
18
14 Texas 183 South Central Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th)
12
15 Michigan 181 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
19
16 Arizona 178 West Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th)
5
17 Arkansas 165 South Central SEC Lance Harter (22nd)
14
18 Boston College 161 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (20th)
24
19 New Mexico 149 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (5th)
20
20 NC State 118 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (6th)
21
21 Virginia 111 Southeast ACC Jason Vigilante (4th)
17
22 Penn State 102 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)
26
23 Oklahoma State 100 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (3rd)
30
24 Notre Dame 86 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (24th)
23
25 North Carolina 72 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
22
26 California 65 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (30th)
10
27 San Francisco 50 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (9th)
29
28 Wisconsin 44 Great Lakes Big Ten Jim Stintzi (8th)
RV
29 Cornell 31 Northeast Ivy Rich Bowman (1st)
25
30 Minnesota 23 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (27th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Florida 15, Columbia 14, Connecticut 12, Toledo 11, Texas Tech 5.
Dropped Out: No. 27 Iowa, No. 28 Connecticut
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)