Division I National Coaches Polls Hold Steady Ahead of an Important Weekend

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 24, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – With the heart of the cross country season set to get underway this weekend, teams have — for the time being — settled into their places in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Coaches Polls, which were released Tuesday.

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Few teams in both the men’s and women’s polls either improved or fell more than one spot, though the lists may well take on an altogether different look next week as a plethora of top-30 teams will meet up over the course of the weekend.

The order of the women’s top 10 stayed the same from one week ago, though No. 1 Providence has lost one of its first place votes — and its unanimous No. 1 status — to No. 2 Florida State. FSU’s women, led by impressive runs from juniors Hannah Walker and Colleen Quigley, placed their top five runners within the first seven places at Wake Forest’s Open this past weekend for a resounding team victory.

In what may be the most anticipated women’s matchup of the weekend, current favorite Providence and defending champion No. 3 Oregon will square off for the first time this weekend at Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday, as will No. 9 Cornell.

National Athlete of the Week Juliet Bottorff and her Duke squad held steady at No. 4, followed by No. 5 Arizona. The No. 5 Wildcats will be the highest-ranked of eight top-30 women’s teams at Saturday’s Roy Griak Invitational at Minnesota.

All was quiet atop the men’s polls as defending champion No. 1 Oklahoma State retained all 11 of its first-place votes from last week, while No. 2 Northern Arizona held on to the 12th and final first-place nod. The two will go head-to-head this Saturday at Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree along with another pair of ranked squads in No. 6 Tulsa and No. 28 Michigan.

No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 BYU and No. 5 Arkansas — led by National Athlete of the Week Stanley Kebenei — all stayed the course from a week ago. BYU will be the top-ranked among four top-30 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday.

The biggest move of the men’s polls came with Wisconsin, the team champion from 2011, moving back up two spots to No. 8 after falling from its preseason No. 7 position to No. 10 last week. Syracuse and Princeton were each displaced one spot as a result to No. 9 and 10, respectively.

Wisconsin will see at least some of Syracuse’s runners at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday. The No. 12 Oregon Ducks will also look to make its first statement of 2013 in Boston with its slew of impressive transfers and recruits, along with No. 25 Providence.

The NCAA Division I National Championships will be contested in Terre Haute, Ind., on November 23.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #2 — September 24

next poll: October 1
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (11) 359 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
1
2 Northern Arizona (1) 348 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (7th)
2
3 Colorado 336 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
3
4 BYU 314 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (14th)
4
5 Arkansas 292 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (6th)
5
6 Tulsa 288 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (12th)
6
7 Portland 280 West West Coast Rob Conner (24th)
7
8 Wisconsin 267 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (6th)
10
9 Syracuse 266 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (9th)
8
10 Princeton 252 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (2nd)
9
11 Eastern Kentucky 228 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (35th)
11
12 Oregon 224 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
12
13 UCLA 208 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th)
14
14 Iona 198 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (6th)
13
15 Texas 180 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
15
16 Virginia 162 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (2nd)
16
17 New Mexico 150 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
17
18 Indiana 145 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (7th)
20
19 Georgetown 138 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (15th)
19
20 Stanford 129 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
21
21 Notre Dame 119 Great Lakes ACC Joe Piane (39th)
18
22 Florida State 114 South ACC Bob Braman (14th)
23
23 Florida 110 South SEC Mike Holloway (7th)
22
24 NC State 89 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (36th)
25
25 Providence 79 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
24
26 Villanova 76 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th)
26
27 Columbia 51 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (20th)
27
28 Michigan 47 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (4th)
29
29 Arizona State 35 West Pac-12 Louie Quintana (13th)
28
30 Illinois 22 Midwest Big Ten Jake Stewart (2nd)
30
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech 14, Michigan State 11, Air Force 10, Georgia 8, North Carolina 7, Washington 7, Boise State 6, Dartmouth 6, Duke 5, Missouri 3, Furman 2
Dropped Out: No. 30 Michigan State
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #2 — September 24

next poll: October 1
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Providence (11) 359 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
1
2 Florida State (1) 345 South ACC Karen Harvey (7th)
2
3 Oregon 332 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
3
4 Duke 328 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (10th)
4
5 Arizona 310 West Pac-12 James Li (12th)
5
6 Georgetown 298 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (2nd)
6
7 Washington 280 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th)
7
8 Stanford 274 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
8
9 Cornell 257 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (15th)
9
10 Arkansas 247 South Central SEC Lance Harter (24th)
10
11 Villanova 222 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (14th)
12
12 Michigan State 217 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th)
13
13 Penn State 216 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)
11
14 William and Mary 205 Southeast Colonial Jill Miller (2nd)
14
15 Colorado 200 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
15
16 New Mexico 198 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
16
17 Michigan 182 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
17
18 Notre Dame 150 Great Lakes ACC Tim Connelly (26th)
18
19 Minnesota 138 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (1st)
20
20 Vanderbilt 128 South SEC Steve Keith (8th)
19
21 NC State 117 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (8th)
21
22 Oklahoma State 108 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (5th)
22
23 San Francisco 99 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (11th)
23
24 Boston College 63 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (22nd)
24
25 Texas 59 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
25
26 Iowa State 52 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (1st)
26
27 BYU 42 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (32nd)
27
28 Princeton 36 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (36th)
29
29 Butler 35 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (7th)
30
30 West Virginia 31 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (7th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 15, Syracuse 12, Florida 9, UC Davis 5, North Carolina 4, Toledo 3, Georgia 3, Boise State 1
Dropped Out: none
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)