Big Moves by Ivy League’s Columbia Men, Dartmouth Women Headline DI National Coaches Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 8, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Led by the Columbia men and the Dartmouth women, the Ivy League is on the rise in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I  National Coaches Polls released Tuesday.

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A win at the Notre Dame Invitational over seven other ranked teams boosted the Columbia men up 22 spots to an all-time program-best No. 8, while National Athlete of the Week Abbey D’Agostino led the Dartmouth women to a runner-up performance at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run to boost the Big Green from not receiving votes last week to No. 13 — their first  national rank since 2002 and highest since being No. 3 in the preseason of 1998.

For the first time in poll history, the Ivy League now has six teams between men and women in the polls, excluding final NCAA orders of finish. The 2001 NCAA Championships featured five women’s Ivy teams — Yale (13th), Columbia (22nd), Brown (27th), Dartmouth (29th), and Cornell (30th) — and one men’s squad, Dartmouth (30th).

Joining Columbia from the Ivy League ranks in the men’s poll include No. 10 Princeton — down a spot after being defeated by Columbia at ND — and No. 27 Dartmouth, which returns to the poll after a runner-up showing at Paul Short. Dartmouth’s women join No. 15 Cornell — down five spots after being beat by Dartmouth — and No. 23 Princeton.

Ivy League squads weren’t the only teams making significant moves in the polls this week. More than half of the combined spots in the men’s and women’s top-10s feature different teams from a week ago — including seven changes to the women’s top 10.

Women

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Providence 2)Florida State 3)Arizona 4)Washington 5)Georgetown
Providence Florida State Arizona Washington (+3) Georgetown (+1)
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The Notre Dame Invitational produced the two biggest moves into the top 10, as New Mexico nearly upset No. 2 Florida State to jump eight spots to No. 7, while San Francisco finished a strong third to leap 14 spots to No. 10, its first top-10 rank in program history.

New Mexico’s Samantha Silva finished third to lead three Lobos in the top 11 and six in the meet’s top 35, giving the squad 82 points — just five shy of No. 2 Florida State’s 77. For the Lobos, this is the highest rank since week five of the 2011 season.

San Francisco displayed similar depth, with seniors Bridget Dahlberg and Eva Krchova finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, to lead six Dons in the top 39.

In terms of order, the top three remained unchanged this week as No. 1 Providence leads the poll over Notre Dame Invitational champion No. 2 Florida State and idle No. 3 Arizona, champions at the Roy Griak Invitational a week ago. After nearly being defeated by New Mexico – now No. 7 in the poll — at ND by a winning margin of just five points, FSU was nearly overtaken in the poll with Arizona now just two votes behind. A move to No. 2 would have given the Wildcats their highest rank since, coincidentally, this exact same week last year.

Washington moved up three spots to No. 4 after defeating defending champion Oregon on its home course en route to a team title at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Oregon dropped one spot to No. 6 — its lowest since the end of the 2011 season, when it was 16th prior to a fifth-place NCAA Championships finish.

Moving up to replace the defending champion Oregon at No. 5 was 2011 national champion Georgetown, as the Hoyas took the team title at Paul Short.

Arkansas moved up one spot to No. 8 after posting a near-perfect score of 16 at its home Chile Pepper Festival, while idle Michigan State moved up to No. 9. The Spartans are a top-10 for the first time since week six of the 2008 season.

San Francisco rounded out the top 10.

Notably absent from the top 10 is Duke. After dropping to No. 3 in the Southeast Region Monday following a 10th-place showing at ND with only a few of its top runners, including individual winner Juliet Bottorff, Duke tumbled 13 spots to No. 17. The Blue Devils had been a top-10 team for the previous six polls, not including a seventh-place finish at NCAAs last season.

Outside of Dartmouth’s ascent to No. 13 from being unranked, the big gainer in the poll this week was Ivy League rival Princeton, which jumped seven spots to No. 23 after a fifth-place team finish at Notre Dame.

Men

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Oklahoma State 2)Colorado 3)Northern Arizona 4)Oregon) 5)BYU
Oklahoma State Colorado Northern Arizona Oregon BYU
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Unanimous No. 1 Oklahoma State was idle both in competition and in the rankings this week, heading a top six that did not change in order from a week ago; No. 2 Colorado, No. 3 Northern Arizona, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 BYU and No. 6 Arkansas all remained stationary.

The movement began at No. 7. A runner-up finish by last week’s No. 7 squad Tulsa dropped the Golden Hurricane to No. 9, while Portland moved up one spot to claim the seventh spot in this week’s poll.

Ahead of the Golden Hurricane by virtue of their head-to-head win this weekend at ND is Columbia, which put its top five across the line among the top 24 in South Bend. Should the Lions hold on to a top-10 position through the end of the season, it would be the first time a Columbia squad has finished in the national top-10 since the 1938 outdoor track & field championships. The squad’s previous all-time high was No. 10 last year in week five.

Ivy League rival Princeton rounded out the top 10, down a spot from last week following a third-place showing at Notre Dame.

Other big gainers in the poll include No. 12 Indiana — up three spots to No. 15 after a team title at Paul Short — and No. 23 Villanova — up four spots after a runner-up showing to No. 6 Arkansas at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.

Joining the poll this week are No. 19 Boise State, which finished runner-up to Oregon at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore.; and No. 22 Minnesota, which took fourth at Notre Dame. The last time the Golden Gophers burrowed into the rankings was exactly one year ago in week four of the 2012 season.

Returning to the poll is No. 27 Dartmouth, which has been absent since a rank of No. 29 in the preseason.

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 #4 — October 8

next poll: October 22 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (12) 360 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
1
2 Colorado 341 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
2
3 Northern Arizona 335 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (7th)
3
4 Oregon 326 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
4
5 BYU 308 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (14th)
5
6 Arkansas 295 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (6th)
6
7 Portland 280 West West Coast Rob Conner (24th)
8
8 Columbia 267 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (20th)
30
9 Tulsa 260 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (12th)
7
10 Princeton 233 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (2nd)
9
11 Syracuse 229 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (9th)
10
12 Indiana 203 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (7th)
15
13 North Carolina 198 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (2nd)
13
14 Texas 166 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
14
15 Colorado State 154 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (2nd)
16
16 Eastern Kentucky 153 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (35th)
17
17 Providence 145 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
18
18 Iona 143 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (6th)
11
19 Boise State 140 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (1st)
RV
20 Wisconsin 130 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (6th)
19
21 UCLA 113 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th)
12
22 Minnesota 110 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (18th)
NR
23 Villanova 106 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th)
27
24 Georgetown 100 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (15th)
20
25 New Mexico 99 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
21
26 Florida 80 South SEC Mike Holloway (7th)
24
27 Dartmouth 72 Northeast Ivy Barry Harwick (22nd)
RV
28 Notre Dame 56 Great Lakes ACC Joe Piane (39th)
22
29 Stanford 41 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
23
30 Arizona State 32 West Pac-12 Louie Quintana (13th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 30, Oklahoma 29, Virginia 18, Florida State 13, Duke 7, Washington 1, Air Force 1, Michigan State 1, Virginia Tech 1
Dropped Out: No. 24 Virginia, No. 26 Florida State, No. 29 Michigan
(* 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 #4 — October 8

next poll: October 22 (next week off)
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 342 South ACC Karen Harvey (7th)
2
3 Arizona (1) 340 West Pac-12 James Li (12th)
3
4 Washington 315 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th)
7
5 Georgetown 313 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (2nd)
6
6 Oregon 299 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
5
7 New Mexico 275 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
15
8 Arkansas 272 South Central SEC Lance Harter (24th)
9
9 Michigan State 243 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th)
11
10 San Francisco 224 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (11th)
24
11 Stanford 223 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
8
12 Colorado 206 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
14
13 Dartmouth 200 Northeast Ivy Mark Coogan (3rd)
NR
14 Michigan 184 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
16
15 Cornell 178 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (3rd)
10
16 Virginia 171 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (2nd)
17
17 Duke 166 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (10th)
4
18 Villanova 161 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (14th)
12
19 Oklahoma State 144 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (5th)
18
20 Butler 135 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (7th)
20
21 William and Mary 128 Southeast Colonial Jill Miller (2nd)
21
22 Minnesota 104 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (1st)
23
23 Princeton 80 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (36th)
30
24 Boston College 75 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (22nd)
22
25 Vanderbilt 59 South SEC Steve Keith (8th)
26
26 BYU 57 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (32nd)
28
27 Penn State 55 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)
13
28 Iowa State 48 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (1st)
25
29 Texas 39 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
27
30 Notre Dame 37 Great Lakes ACC Tim Connelly (26th)
19
Others Receiving Votes: Columbia 32, Indiana 30, West Virginia 27, Boise State 13, NC State 13, Wisconsin 13, Harvard 8, Florida 8, Syracuse 2, UCLA 1, Texas A&M 1
Dropped Out: No. 29 West Virginia
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)