National Poll: Many of the Top Teams in Division I in Action This Weekend

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 25, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Summer’s end has ushered in fall and that means collegiate cross country will start to really cook. Many of the squads in the latest national NCAA Division I poll of U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will compete this weekend and several head-to-head matchups will be among the highlights. Wisconsin’s men and Washington’s women remain the top teams in the country as voted by the nation’s coaches.

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The top five men’s teams stayed intact from the previous week’s poll as No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 5 Portland occupy their former standing. Texas moved up a spot to No. 6 to match their season-best ranking.

Arkansas is the biggest gainer in this week’s update. The Razorbacks gained five spots in their launch to a season-high standing at No. 17. New Mexico at No. 21 and Eastern Kentucky at No. 25 also hit season bests this week. Virginia makes their season debut on the poll at No. 27.

Once again the Pac-12 leads all conferences with five teams in the national top 30. The Big East and Big Ten have four in the top 30 while the Big 12 and ACC each have three.

Washington and Florida State retain their hold to the top two spots in the women’s poll. Washington has been at No. 1 for three straight weeks. The top six teams did not change from a week ago, but there was shuffling to the bottom of the top ten. Providence shifted back up to No. 7 while Villanova has reached a season-best-No. 9 ranking.

After defeating three ranked teams last week in claiming the title at Toledo’s BracketBuster Invitational, Butler went from unranked to a debut spot at No. 21. The Bulldogs are in the poll for the first time since 2006.

Columbia, placed at No. 24 in the poll, is ranked for the first time since 2005. No. 29 Wisconsin returns to the ranks after receiving-votes outside of the top 30 for the past two weeks.

The Big East and Pac-12 tally five teams in the women’s top 30. The Big Ten and ACC follow with four apiece.

All but a handful of nationally-ranked teams will be in action this weekend. On the men’s side, ten of the top 30 is scheduled to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational, headed by No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 NC State, and No. 14 Texas A&M. The Greater Louisville Classic will feature four ranked teams and three in the top ten, including No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 6 Texas, and No. 8 Iona. Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree will include the No. 2 Cowboys and in-state rivals – No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 20 Tulsa. No. 3 BYU and No. 5 Portland will be in action at No. 23 Oregon’s Bill Dellinger Invite.

The women’s featured slate includes the Greater Louisville Classic where seven ranked teams are scheduled, including No. 1 Washington, No. 8 Vanderbilt, and No. 10 Arkansas. No. 2 Florida State will be in action against four other ranked squads at the Notre Dame Invite. No. 3 Oregon will host the Bill Dellinger Invite while No. 4 Georgetown will face off against No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Villanova at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run. No. 5 Iowa State travels to Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational where they are expected to go against No. 16 Weber State.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #3 — September 25

next poll: October 2
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Wisconsin (9) 355 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (5th)
1
2 Oklahoma State (2) 346 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
2
3 BYU (1) 343 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (13th)
3
4 Oklahoma 313 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (8th)
4
5 Portland 295 West West Coast Rob Conner (23rd)
5
6 Texas 290 South Central Big 12 John Hayes (6th)
7
7 Colorado 277 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
6
8 Iona 275 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (5th)
8
9 Stanford 260 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
9
10 Florida State 233 South ACC Bob Braman (13th)
10
11 NC State 228 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (35th)
11
11 Indiana 228 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th)
12
11 Syracuse 228 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (8th)
13
14 Texas A&M 184 South Central SEC Pat Henry (9th)
15
15 Georgetown 167 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (14th)
16
16 Minnesota 156 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (17th)
17
17 Princeton 148 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (1st)
14
17 Arkansas 148 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (5th)
22
19 Northern Arizona 146 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (6th)
18
20 Tulsa 134 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (11th)
19
21 New Mexico 126 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
24
22 Villanova 120 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (13th)
20
23 Oregon 97 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
25
24 Notre Dame 90 Great Lakes Big East Joe Piane (38th)
23
25 Eastern Kentucky 72 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (34th)
26
26 Michigan 58 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (3rd)
21
27 Virginia 53 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (1st)
RV
28 Columbia 51 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
29
29 Washington State 50 West Pac-12 Tim Riley (1st)
28
30 UCLA 46 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th)
27
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 21, Virginia Tech 10, Providence 10, Ohio State 8, North Carolina 7, Iowa State 6, Weber State 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Georgia
compiled by Don Kopriva
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #3 — September 25

next poll: October 2
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Washington (10) 356 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th)
1
2 Florida State (1) 343 South ACC Karen Harvey (6th)
2
3 Oregon (1) 335 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
3
4 Georgetown 330 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (1st)
4
5 Iowa State 303 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th)
5
6 Stanford 292 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
6
7 Providence 287 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (29th)
8
8 Vanderbilt 283 South SEC Steve Keith (7th)
7
9 Villanova 253 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (13th)
10
10 Arkansas 248 South Central SEC Lance Harter (23rd)
9
11 Michigan 235 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (21st)
11
12 Arizona 232 West Pac-12 James Li (11th)
12
13 Boston College 203 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (21st)
14
14 Michigan State 199 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th)
13
15 Colorado 168 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
17
16 Weber State 166 Mountain Big Sky Paul Pilkington (6th)
16
17 Penn State 142 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (14th)
19
18 San Francisco 140 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (10th)
23
19 New Mexico 139 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
20
20 Notre Dame 121 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (25th)
21
21 Butler 120 Great Lakes Atlantic 10 Matt Roe (6th)
NR
22 Toledo 107 Great Lakes Mid-American Kevin Hadsell (15th)
18
23 Oklahoma State 91 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (4th)
24
24 Columbia 81 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
NR
25 NC State 71 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (7th)
26
26 Virginia 63 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (1st)
15
27 Syracuse 60 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (8th)
22
28 Florida 38 South SEC Mike Holloway (6th)
28
29 Wisconsin 36 Great Lakes Big Ten Jim Stintzi (9th)
RV
30 Texas 34 South Central Big 12 Steve Sisson (7th)
27
Others Receiving Votes: Cornell 24, Minnesota 24, West Virginia 24, Princeton 17, North Carolina 10, Kentucky 2, Duke 2, Dartmouth 1.
Dropped Out: No. 25 West Virginia, No. 29 Princeton, No. 30 Minnesota
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)