DI Coaches’ Poll Jostled by Previous Weekend Results

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 16, 2012   

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NEW ORLEANS – The most changes this season to the NCAA Division I cross country coaches’ poll have occurred in the latest update published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Last weekend’s results in several inter-regional competitions have forced big shifts to the national paradigm. Oklahoma State is new No. 1 men’s team according to the poll, unseating Wisconsin who dropped to No. 20. Florida State’s women keeps their top-ranked status for the second-straight week, but have new visitors to the top three with No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Oregon standing by.

The main attention in DI now turns to the conference championship meets which get underway on Friday, October 26.

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MEN

Oklahoma State returns to the No. 1 perch, claiming six of 12 first-place votes, after their impressive showing at the Chile Pepper Invitational. The Cowboys placed six runners in the top ten and are back to the top for the first time since 2011. Oklahoma State won NCAA titles in 2009 and 2010.

No. 2 Colorado is ranked among the top two for the first time since 2007. The Buffaloes are bringing a familiar feeling to the cross country landscape with their winning of the Pre-National Invitational this past weekend. Among those CU defeated was then-No. 3 BYU. Colorado last won the NCAA title in 2006.

The Pac-12 now has two of the top three as No. 3 Stanford is back in the fold. The Cardinal was most impressive in their victory at Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational. In a 45-team field, Stanford defeated six nationally-ranked top-ten teams with twins Jim and Joe Rosa leading the way.

At No. 10, Columbia jumped seven spots to reach another milestone in their history. The Lions have never been ranked so high in the national poll, but earned the right after placing fifth at the Wisconsin meet.

Eastern Kentucky has also reached the peak of their poll standing to date at No. 13. The Colonials placed ninth at Wisconsin.

Four teams are making their season debuts in the poll: No. 18 Duke, No. 21 Virginia Tech, No. 25 Iowa State, and No. 30 Kansas. For Duke and Iowa State, they return to the poll for the first time since 2010. Kansas is listed for the first time since 2006. And, Virginia Tech is making their first appearance (since at least 1998) in the coaches’ top 30. The Hokies last made an NCAA Championship showing in 1987 and finished fourth.

The Big 12 is now the top conference with five teams ranked in the national top 30. Along with top-ranked Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Kansas, the league has No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Texas ranked. The Pac-12 follows with four teams listed.

WOMEN

A solid win at the Pre-National Invitational helped keep the Florida State women at No. 1. Led by Violah Lagat and Colleen Quigley at the “Pre-Nats”, FSU defeated 37 teams, including six that where nationally-ranked.

Iowa State moves to No. 2 – their all-time best ranking (since at least 1995). The Cyclones, led by a 2-4 finish by Betsy Saina and Meaghan Nelson, easily defeated 47 other teams at the Wisconsin meet. ISU finished seventh at last year’s NCAA meet.

No. 11 Duke is making their debut in the poll along with No. 24 UCLA. The Bruins were last ranked in the poll in 2004, but return to the ranks after finishing 15th in the highly-competitive Wisconsin meet. No. 29 Connecticut is also ranked for the first time this year.

The Pac-12 has a solid group of six ranked teams to lead all of the nation’s conferences. Four of the squads are in the top six with Oregon, Stanford, Arizona, and Washington taking spots three through six.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #5 — October 16

next poll: October 30 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (6) 353 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
2
2 Colorado (4) 343 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
7
3 Stanford (2) 339 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
8
4 Iona 322 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (5th)
5
5 BYU 316 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (13th)
3
6 Oklahoma 306 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (8th)
4
7 Texas 283 South Central Big 12 John Hayes (6th)
22
8 Oregon 275 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
15
9 Arkansas 257 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (5th)
19
10 Columbia 251 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
17
11 Michigan 227 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (3rd)
24
12 New Mexico 206 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
28
13 Eastern Kentucky 198 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (34th)
20
14 Florida State 186 South ACC Bob Braman (13th)
14
15 UCLA 182 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th)
27
16 Syracuse 165 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (8th)
10
17 Portland 159 West West Coast Rob Conner (23rd)
5
18 Duke 146 Southeast ACC Norm Ogilvie (22nd)
NR
19 Tulsa 139 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (11th)
9
20 Wisconsin 134 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (5th)
1
21 Virginia Tech 131 Southeast ACC Dave Cianelli (12th)
RV
22 Northern Arizona 126 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (6th)
18
23 Princeton 115 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (1st)
11
24 Indiana 103 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th)
26
25 Iowa State 80 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th)
RV
25 Villanova 80 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (13th)
12
27 Georgetown 49 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (14th)
20
28 Georgia 47 South SEC Patrick Cunniff (1st)
24
29 Texas A&M 38 South Central SEC Pat Henry (9th)
RV
30 Kansas 15 Midwest Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 3, Eastern Michigan 3, Florida 2.
Dropped Out: No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 23 William and Mary, No. 29 Virginia, No. 30 Missouri
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 #5 — October 16

next poll: October 30 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Florida State (11) 359 South ACC Karen Harvey (6th)
1
2 Iowa State (1) 346 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th)
5
3 Oregon 332 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
4
4 Stanford 330 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
7
5 Arizona 307 West Pac-12 James Li (11th)
2
6 Washington 295 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th)
3
7 Michigan 280 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (21st)
8
7 Cornell 280 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (14th)
9
9 Georgetown 261 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (1st)
6
10 Providence 257 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (29th)
28
11 Duke 234 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (9th)
NR
12 Arkansas 229 South Central SEC Lance Harter (23rd)
11
13 Penn State 211 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (14th)
14
14 Texas 202 South Central Big 12 Steve Sisson (7th)
RV
15 Michigan State 180 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th)
10
16 Weber State 176 Mountain Big Sky Paul Pilkington (6th)
13
17 New Mexico 157 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
19
18 William and Mary 149 Southeast Colonial Jill Miller (1st)
17
19 Notre Dame 146 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (25th)
16
20 Toledo 134 Great Lakes Mid-American Kevin Hadsell (15th)
15
21 Colorado 116 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
18
22 Yale 105 Northeast Ivy Amy Gosztyla (2nd)
30
22 Villanova 105 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (13th)
24
24 UCLA 68 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st)
NR
25 Minnesota 67 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (28th)
27
26 Boston College 61 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (21st)
21
27 Oklahoma State 53 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (4th)
22
28 Vanderbilt 48 South SEC Steve Keith (7th)
12
29 Connecticut 25 Northeast Big East Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
NR
30 Florida 24 South SEC Mike Holloway (6th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: San Francisco 21, UC Davis 9, NC State 7, Butler 5, Kentucky 1.
Dropped Out: No. 20 San Francisco, No. 23 Columbia, No. 25 Butler, No. 26 NC State, No. 29 Wisconsin
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)