Providence Women Climbing Back Toward the Top of the DI National Coaches Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 5, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – After a slip-up at Wisconsin two weekends ago cost them the top spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches Poll, the Providence women are charging hard back toward the top in the most recent edition released Tuesday.

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NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Arizona 2)Providence 3)Arkansas 4)Georgetown 5)Florida State
Arizona Providence (+2) Arkansas (-1) Georgetown (-1) Florida State
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A Big East title over Georgetown — which was ranked No. 3 to the Friars’ No. 4 position two weeks ago — vaulted Providence up to No. 2 with five first-place votes. The Friars now trail only No. 1 Arizona, just seven voting points ahead with the remaining seven first-place nods.

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Colorado 2)Northern Arizona 3)Oklahoma State 4)Oregon) 5)BYU
Colorado Northern Arizona Oklahoma State Oregon BYU
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The Pac-12 Championships produced a pair of new top-10 teams in the No. 6 Stanford men and the No. 10 Colorado women, while Arkansas’ men rejoined the top 10 following an SEC title.

This is the penultimate edition of the National Coaches Poll, as only one more edition will be published following the Regional Championships Monday, November 18.

Women

No. 1 Arizona remained atop the poll following a closer-than-anticipated title at the Pac-12 Championships, winning over now-No. 10 Colorado by just six points, 69-75. The Wildcats produced three of the top six individual finishers, led by runner-up Elvin Kibet, but their final two scorers were 24th and 32nd.

Inconsistency at the back of the scoring lineup was exactly what dropped Providence to No. 4 two weeks ago after a third-place finish at Wisconsin, but the Friars have seemingly addressed those issues after defeating Georgetown at the Big East Championships and jumping two spots to No. 2 this week.

Led by individual champion and National Athlete of the Week Emily Sisson, the Friars’ top four finishers each finished within the top seven, and they received a significant boost from new fifth runner Grace Trek, who finished 13th.

Georgetown dropped one spot to fourth as a result. The Hoyas’ top seven all finished within the top 20 finishers, but regular scorer Madeline Chambers finished 27th.

Arkansas’ women were displaced from the No. 2 spot by Providence to No. 3, despite facing little resistance at the SEC Championships en route to a title. Behind individual winner Dominique Scott and two other top-three finishers, the Razorbacks scored 32 points to runner-up Texas A&M’s 132.

No. 5 Florida State stayed put from two weeks ago after winning its sixth-straight ACC title by 13 points over then-No. 10 Virginia, 52-65. Individual runner-up Colleen Quigley led a trio of top-10 finishers.

A Big Ten title kept No. 6 Michigan State stationary from two weeks ago, as individual runner-up Leah O’Connor led her Spartans to a 43-55 victory over in-state rival and 2012 conference champ Michigan, which also remained put at No. 14.

A decisive win at the Big 12 Championships bumped No. 7 Iowa State up one position from two weeks ago. Individual runner-up Crystal Nelson led four Cyclones in the top ten to a 35-104 victory over now-No. 24 West Virginia.

Also up one position from two weeks ago is No. 8 New Mexico, which claimed its sixth-straight Mountain West crown behind individual runner-up Samantha Silva and four other top-10 finishers.

No. 9 Butler fell two spots after defeats to No. 2 Providence and No. 4 Georgetown at the Big East Championships.

No. 10 Colorado rounded out the top 10 after nearly taking down No. 1 Arizona at the Pac-12 meet, moving up a poll-best six spots. The Buffaloes, led by eight-place finisher Shalaya Kipp, were the only team in the meet with four top-15 finishers — including a pair of freshmen — but their No. 5 finished 30th as they missed out on the upset by six points.

Going the opposite direction, defending national champion Oregon finished fourth at the Pac-12 meet to drop three spots to No. 15.

Making returns to the poll were No. 24 West Virginia and No. 28 Duke, which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the preseason. New to the poll this season are No. 27 Harvard and No. 28 Texas A&M.

Harvard is ranked nationally for the first time since USTFCCCA records began in 1995.

Men

Positions one through five in the men’s poll remained stationary from the last edition two weeks ago, but conference championships weekend did affect the margin of voting points between each team.

No. 1 Colorado now owns nine of the 12 first-place votes after a dominant title defense at the Pac-12 meet over four other teams in this week’s poll, including No. 4 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford. With Blake Theroux finishing third to lead four Buffaloes in the top-10, Colorado easily won over Oregon and Stanford, 28-54-79.

The win puts some distance between themselves and the next two teams in No. 2 Northern Arizona and No. 3 defending champion Oklahoma State, which are separated by just one voting point, 342-341.

Northern Arizona owns a first-place vote following a 25-39 win over No. 27 Southern Utah at the Big Sky Championships behind top-two finishers Matt McElroy and Brian Shrader and without top Wisconsin adidas Invitational finisher Futsum Zeinassellassie.

Oklahoma State easily won its sixth-straight Big 12 title behind individual runner-up Kirubel Erassa and five top-12 finishers, earning two national first-place votes.

Oregon remained No. 4, finishing runner-up at the Pac 12 meet behind individual champion Edward Cheserek — the first freshman individual champion in the conference’s history.

National Athlete of the Week Jason Witt led his No. 5 BYU Cougars to a West Coast Conference title over now-No. 10 Portland, 30-48, to round out the top five.

Stanford made the biggest jump into the top 10, as the Cardinal improved seven spots from No. 13 two weeks ago to No. 6 on Tuesday. Despite losing top Pre-Nationals finisher Sean McGorty late in the race due to illness, Stanford still finished third at the Pac-12 meet to No. 1 Colorado and No. 4 Oregon behind individual runner-up Jim Rosa.

Up one spot from a the last poll, No. 7 Iona extended its Division I-best conference winning streak to 23 years with another MAAC title, led by individual winner Kieran Clements to a perfect 15 team score with the top six individual finishers.

No. 8 Columbia improved two positions from No. 10 after taking the Ivy League title. Led by individual runner-up Nico Composto and two other top-five finishers, the Lions were able to hold on for the title over No. 15 Princeton and No. 26 Dartmouth, 48-56-64.

Rejoining the top-10 is No. 9 Arkansas, which cruised to its 21st SEC title in 23 years behind individual winner Kemoy Campbell and the next two individual finishers to a 31-96 victory over Florida.

Portland dropped four positions to No. 10 following its 30-48 defeat at the hands of No. 5 BYU at the West Coast Conference.

Just outside the top 10 are a pair of conference champions tied at No. 11 in Indiana and New Mexico. Indiana made the biggest move of either the men’s or women’s poll with a 13-position improvement in position following its first Big Ten title since 1980. The Hoosiers snapped then-No. 7 Wisconsin’s 14-year winning streak in the conference behind fifth-place Jason Crist and three other top-10 finishers.

Wisconsin fell nearly as far as Indiana rose after finishing third at Big Tens, dropping 12 spots to No. 19.

New Mexico claimed its fifth-straight Mountain West title over No. 23 Colorado State and No. 29 Air Force, 32-51-80. Luke Cladwell headed a pack of four top-ten finishers with a runner-up showing.

Other significant moves in the poll include No. 20 Villanova’s six-spot improvement after freshman Patrick Tiernan led the Wildcats to the team title over No. 21 Providence, and No. 24 Iowa State, which wasn’t ranked two weeks ago but defeated No. 25 Texas to finish runner-up at the Big 12 Championships.

This is the highest position for Iowa State since week two of the 2010 season, when the Cyclones were No. 21.

Rejoining the poll this week were No. 26 Dartmouth and No. 28 Arizona State.

 

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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #6 — November 5

next poll: MONDAY, November 18 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (9) 357 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
1
2 Northern Arizona (1) 342 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (7th)
2
3 Oklahoma State (2) 341 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
3
4 Oregon 319 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
4
5 BYU 307 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (14th)
5
6 Stanford 266 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
13
7 Iona 263 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (6th)
8
8 Columbia 254 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (20th)
10
9 Arkansas 252 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (6th)
12
10 Portland 243 West West Coast Rob Conner (24th)
6
11 New Mexico 241 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
9
11 Indiana 241 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (7th)
24
13 Tulsa 226 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (12th)
11
14 Syracuse 212 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (9th)
14
15 Princeton 193 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (2nd)
15
16 Michigan 177 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (4th)
16
17 Eastern Kentucky 170 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (35th)
17
18 North Carolina 146 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (2nd)
18
19 Wisconsin 145 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (6th)
7
20 Villanova 132 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th)
26
21 Providence 128 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
19
22 Notre Dame 101 Great Lakes ACC Joe Piane (39th)
23
23 Colorado State 88 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (2nd)
22
24 Iowa State 71 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (1st)
NR
25 Texas 61 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st)
29
26 Dartmouth 57 Northeast Ivy Barry Harwick (22nd)
RV
27 Southern Utah 40 Mountain Big Sky Eric Houle (22nd)
30
28 Arizona State 38 West Pac-12 Louie Quintana (13th)
RV
29 Washington 36 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th)
25
29 Air Force 36 Mountain Mountain West Juli Benson (5th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma 19, Boise State 19, Virginia 18, Harvard 17, Minnesota 11, Florida 10, Illinois 3, Georgia 1
Dropped Out: No. 20 Boise State, No. 21 Harvard, No. 27 Oklahoma
(* 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 #6 — November 5

next poll: MONDAY, November 18 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Arizona (7) 355 West Pac-12 James Li (12th)
1
2 Providence (5) 347 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (30th)
4
3 Arkansas 336 South Central SEC Lance Harter (24th)
2
4 Georgetown 324 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (2nd)
3
5 Florida State 311 South ACC Karen Harvey (7th)
5
6 Michigan State 301 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th)
6
7 Iowa State 271 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (1st)
8
8 New Mexico 270 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th)
9
9 Butler 265 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (7th)
7
10 Colorado 245 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th)
16
11 Virginia 243 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (2nd)
10
12 Washington 224 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th)
13
12 Dartmouth 224 Northeast Ivy Mark Coogan (3rd)
11
14 Michigan 215 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (22nd)
14
15 Oregon 191 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd)
12
16 Minnesota 183 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (1st)
15
17 San Francisco 168 West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (11th)
17
18 Stanford 139 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
20
19 Syracuse 137 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (9th)
19
19 William and Mary 137 Southeast Colonial Jill Miller (2nd)
18
21 Notre Dame 115 Great Lakes ACC Tim Connelly (26th)
22
22 Princeton 89 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Peter Farrell (36th)
23
23 Cornell 81 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (3rd)
24
24 West Virginia 63 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (7th)
RV
25 Boise State 52 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (1st)
25
26 Arizona State 42 West Pac-12 Ryan Cole (7th)
26
27 Harvard 34 Northeast Ivy Jason Saretsky (8th)
RV
28 Texas A&M 33 South Central SEC Pat Henry (10th)
RV
28 Duke 33 Southeast ACC Kevin Jermyn (10th)
NR
30 Penn State 28 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)
29
Others Receiving Votes: Florida 25, Indiana 20, BYU 18, Boston College 15, Villanova 15, Oklahoma State 11, Ohio State 6, Vanderbilt 5, Wisconsin 5, Kentucky 3, Columbia 1
Dropped Out: No. 21 Indiana, No. 27 Boston College, No. 28 Wisconsin, No. 30 Mississippi
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)