OK State Men & Providence Women Bolster No. 1 Status in Newest National Coaches Poll

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 17, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – With the main section of the cross country season still a couple weekends away, few teams have run their entire "A" squads all at one time or to their full potential. The result is a relative holding pattern in the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Coaches Poll of the regular season released Tuesday, in which only some minor shuffling has taken place atop the polls.

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Both the men’s and women’s polls saw just one shift each among their respective top-ten teams, but the season is still young with potential for much more movement as it shifts into another gear with the beginning of the countable season for at-large consideration on September 27. From that point forward, results against other teams will have an impact on the eventual determination of at-large teams to compete at the NCAA Championships.

In addition, both the No. 1 Oklahoma State men and the No. 1 Providence women gained a first-place vote to their totals, giving the defending champion Cowboys 11 of the 12 and making the Providence women the consensus No. 1 with all 12.

Holding steady behind OSU are No. 2 Northern Arizona, No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 BYU and No. 5 Arkansas. No. 6 Tulsa dropped out of a tie with the Razorbacks for the fifth spot, but is just one vote back.

The Wisconsin men, national champions two seasons ago over Oklahoma State, sustained the largest drop by a squad of either gender with a three-slot slide to No. 10. Shifting up one spot each as a result were No. 7 Portland, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Princeton, which is at an all-time program high in the rankings.

No. 19 Georgetown gained the most ground, jumping five spots, while Columbia tumbled the farthest with a nine-position drop to No. 27.

New to the polls this week are No. 24 Providence, No. 28 Arizona State and No. 30 Illinois, which is tied with Big Ten foe Michigan State and is ranked for the first time in more than 15 years.

On the women’s side, Pac-12 foes Arizona and Washington switched preseason positions to come in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. The Wildcats looked strong in winning their opener at Northern Arizona, while Washington must now move on without perennial All-American Megan Goethals, who suffered a season-ending stress fracture. The good news for the Huskies is the return to form of Katie Flood after injuries derailed her 2013 track season.

Arizona rounds out a top five that includes unanimous No. 1 Providence, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Oregon — which lost its first-place vote to the Friars — and No. 4 Duke.

 Elsewhere in the top 10, Cornell and Arkansas swapped spots to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

No team made astronomical leaps or drops in the rankings, as Arizona, No. 14 William and Mary and No. 25 Texas all gained two spots, while Washington fell the hardest by two spots.

The lone addition to the top-30 was BYU at No. 27.

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 #1 — September 17

next poll: September 24
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 313 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (14th)
4
5 Arkansas 288 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (6th)
5
6 Tulsa 287 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (12th)
5
7 Portland 279 West West Coast Rob Conner (24th)
8
8 Syracuse 266 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (9th)
9
9 Princeton 250 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (2nd)
10
10 Wisconsin 249 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (6th)
7
11 Eastern Kentucky 229 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (35th)
11
12 Oregon 218 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
12
13 Iona 200 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (6th)
14
14 UCLA 194 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th)
13
15 Texas 181 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
15
16 Virginia 171 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (2nd)
17
17 New Mexico 147 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
19
18 Notre Dame 146 Great Lakes ACC Joe Piane (39th)
22
19 Georgetown 139 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (15th)
24
20 Indiana 126 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (7th)
20
21 Stanford 114 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
16
22 Florida 113 South SEC Mike Holloway (7th)
23
23 Florida State 110 South ACC Bob Braman (14th)
21
24 Providence 86 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
RV
25 NC State 82 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (36th)
25
26 Villanova 79 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th)
27
27 Columbia 63 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (20th)
18
28 Arizona State 45 West Pac-12 Louie Quintana (13th)
RV
29 Michigan 36 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (4th)
26
30 Illinois 26 Midwest Big Ten Jake Stewart (2nd)
RV
30 Michigan State 26 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech 12, Georgia 11, Air Force 10, North Carolina 8, Dartmouth 8, Boise State 7, Duke 7, Washington 5, Missouri 3, Furman 3.
Dropped Out: No. 28 Duke, No. 29 Dartmouth
(* 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 #1 — September 17

next poll: September 24
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Providence (12) 360 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
1
2 Florida State 344 South ACC Karen Harvey (7th)
2
3 Oregon 333 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
3
4 Duke 326 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (10th)
4
5 Arizona 313 West Pac-12 James Li (12th)
7
6 Georgetown 292 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (2nd)
6
7 Washington 281 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th)
5
8 Stanford 278 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
8
9 Cornell 255 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (15th)
10
10 Arkansas 249 South Central SEC Lance Harter (24th)
9
11 Penn State 227 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)
11
12 Villanova 222 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (14th)
12
13 Michigan State 213 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th)
13
14 William and Mary 198 Southeast Colonial Jill Miller (2nd)
16
15 Colorado 197 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
14
16 New Mexico 193 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
15
17 Michigan 179 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
17
18 Notre Dame 146 Great Lakes ACC Tim Connelly (26th)
18
19 Vanderbilt 130 South SEC Steve Keith (8th)
20
20 Minnesota 128 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (1st)
19
21 NC State 117 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (8th)
22
22 Oklahoma State 109 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (5th)
21
23 San Francisco 96 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (11th)
23
24 Boston College 61 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (22nd)
25
25 Texas 55 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
27
26 Iowa State 49 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (1st)
26
27 BYU 45 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (34th)
NR
28 West Virginia 38 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (7th)
29
29 Princeton 35 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (36th)
28
30 Butler 25 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (7th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 24, Connecticut 20, Syracuse 13, Florida 10, UC Davis 7, Georgia 5, North Carolina 4, Toledo 3.
Dropped Out: No. 24 Weber State
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)