New Poll Shifts Squads in DI, Florida State Top Women’s Team

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 2, 2012   

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NEW ORLEANS – As a result of a hefty weekend of competition, there were many changes made to the latest national coaches’ poll for NCAA Division I cross country. While Wisconsin’s squad is still the top men’s team in the poll, Florida State now has the nation’s No. 1 women’s team according to a members’ panel of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The top four men’s teams remained unchanged from the previous week, headed by Wisconsin, with eight first-place votes, and flanked by No. 2 Oklahoma State, with two FPVs, No. 3 BYU, who has two FPVs, and No. 4 Oklahoma. No. 5 Iona, who claimed victory at the Greater Louisville Classic last weekend, joins the national top five for the first time since last October.

Also in the men’s poll, Tulsa moved up 11 spots to No. 9, making their first-ever appearance in the national top ten, after besting the field at the Notre Dame Invitational that featured eight nationally ranked teams.  Columbia’s men at No. 17 reached their all-time best ranking after taking second at the Greater Louisville Classic last weekend. William and Mary at No. 23 is making their first appearance in the national poll since last season while Missouri at No. 30 is ranked for the first time since September 1, 2000. The Tribe of W&M was second only to now-No. 12 Villanova last weekend at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invite while the Tigers of Mizzou finished fourth at Louisville, ahead of then-No. 6 Texas.

It is now a three-way tie among conferences for most spots in the men’s top 30 as the Big East, Big Ten, and Pac-12 each have four in the poll. The SEC and Big 12 follow with three apiece.

In the women’s poll, Florida State took over the top spot with 11 FPVs while No. 4 Oregon, who fell a spot to No. 3, notched a lone FPV. Florida State was last in the top spot in the final regular-season poll of 2011. Arizona vaulted ten spots over the field to land at an all-time best No. 2 on the poll. The Wildcats defeated then-No. 1 Washington (now No. 3) for the top spot at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Rewarded for a big victory at the Paul Short Invitational over top ten teams then-No. 4 Georgetown and then-No. 9 Villanova, Cornell returns to the poll and lands at all-time best spot at No. 9. Toledo rocketed to No. 15, up seven spots, for their first-ever trip to the top 15 after finishing a close second to then-No. 11 Michigan at Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm Classic last weekend. William and Mary’s women, at No. 17, are also ranked for the first time this season with this latest poll. W&M’s women are in the top 30 for the first time since 2006 after an “eye-opening” runner-up showing at the Paul Short Invite. Yale’s women, at No. 30, are ranked for the first time since September 27, 2005, after they finished fourth at the Paul Short.

The shifting around the poll puts five teams from the Big Ten and five from the Pac-12 in the poll. The Pac-12 now has three squads ranked in the nation’s top five. The Big East has four ranked women’s squads while the Ivy League and ACC claims three.

As a result of a light weekend of competition in DI this upcoming weekend, there will not be a national poll released next Tuesday. The next poll will be released on Tuesday, October 16.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #4 — October 2

next poll: October 16 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Wisconsin (8) 352 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (5th)
1
2 Oklahoma State (2) 347 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
2
3 BYU (2) 343 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (13th)
3
4 Oklahoma 315 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (8th)
4
5 Iona 301 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (5th)
8
5 Portland 301 West West Coast Rob Conner (23rd)
5
7 Colorado 286 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
7
8 Stanford 263 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
9
9 Tulsa 258 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (11th)
20
10 Syracuse 242 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (8th)
11
11 Princeton 235 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (1st)
17
12 Villanova 212 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (13th)
22
13 Notre Dame 196 Great Lakes Big East Joe Piane (38th)
24
14 Florida State 193 South ACC Bob Braman (13th)
10
15 Oregon 184 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
23
16 Minnesota 156 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (17th)
16
17 Columbia 148 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
28
18 Northern Arizona 147 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (6th)
19
19 Arkansas 136 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (5th)
17
20 Georgetown 125 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (14th)
15
20 Eastern Kentucky 125 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (34th)
25
22 Texas 124 South Central Big 12 John Hayes (6th)
6
23 William and Mary 121 Southeast Colonial Stephen Walsh (3rd)
NR
24 Michigan 68 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (3rd)
26
24 Georgia 68 South SEC Patrick Cunniff (1st)
RV
26 Indiana 57 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th)
11
27 UCLA 54 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th)
30
28 New Mexico 52 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
21
29 Virginia 45 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (1st)
27
30 Missouri 35 Midwest SEC Joe Lynn (2nd)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Kansas 28, Texas A&M 27, NC State 13, Iowa State 7, Arizona 6, Dartmouth 3, Florida 3, Virginia Tech 2, Washington State 2.
Dropped Out: No. 11 NC State, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 29 Washington State
compiled by Don Kopriva
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)

 

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #4 — October 2

next poll: October 16 (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)
2
2 Arizona 336 West Pac-12 James Li (11th)
12
3 Washington 332 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th)
1
4 Oregon (1) 327 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
3
5 Iowa State 308 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th)
5
6 Georgetown 294 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (1st)
4
7 Stanford 275 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
6
8 Michigan 267 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (21st)
11
9 Cornell 246 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (14th)
RV
10 Michigan State 237 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th)
14
11 Arkansas 229 South Central SEC Lance Harter (23rd)
10
12 Vanderbilt 202 South SEC Steve Keith (7th)
8
13 Weber State 188 Mountain Big Sky Paul Pilkington (6th)
16
14 Penn State 177 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (14th)
17
15 Toledo 168 Great Lakes Mid-American Kevin Hadsell (15th)
22
16 Notre Dame 163 Great Lakes Big East Tim Connelly (25th)
20
17 William and Mary 157 Southeast Colonial Stephen Walsh (3rd)
NR
18 Colorado 153 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
15
19 New Mexico 152 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
19
20 San Francisco 142 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (10th)
18
21 Boston College 137 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (21st)
13
22 Oklahoma State 120 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (4th)
23
23 Columbia 105 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
24
24 Villanova 98 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (13th)
9
25 Butler 83 Great Lakes Atlantic 10 Matt Roe (6th)
21
26 NC State 74 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (7th)
25
27 Minnesota 59 Midwest Big Ten Gary Wilson (28th)
RV
28 Providence 58 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (29th)
7
29 Wisconsin 29 Great Lakes Big Ten Jim Stintzi (9th)
29
30 Yale 23 Northeast Ivy Amy Gosztyla (2nd)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Syracuse 21, Virginia 19, Texas 18, Florida 9, Dartmouth 6, Princeton 4, Kentucky 3, North Carolina 2.
Dropped Out: No. 26 Virginia, No. 27 Syracuse, No. 28 Florida, No. 30 Texas
compiled by Jesse Rosen
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)