Division I Cross Country National Coaches Polls Remain Calm – But Not For Much Longer

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 23, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Four weekends of preparation and posturing are in the books, and the table is set for the heart of the NCAA Division I Cross Country season to get underway.

The top ten teams remained static in both the men’s and women’s editions of the week two National Coaches Polls released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the final edition ahead of the September 26 date marking the beginning of the "countable season," during which results will count toward at-large consideration into the NCAA Championships.

National Poll PDFs: Week 2 Top 30 Summary | Week-by-Week 2014 | Week-by-Week All Time
Regional Rankings: Week 2 Summary
Division I XC Rankings and Polls Central

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Colorado 2)Northern Arizona 3)Oregon) 4)Oklahoma State 5)Stanford
Colorado Northern Arizona Oregon Oklahoma State Stanford
View Complete Men’s National Coaches Poll

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Michigan 2)Oregon 3)Michigan State 4)Stanford 5)Georgetown
Michigan Oregon Michigan State Stanford Georgetown
View Complete Women’s National Coaches Poll

Overall, only a third of the 60 ranked teams between men and women checked in at a different position from a week ago – and only the No. 20 Michigan men and No. 22 Vanderbilt women moved as many as two in the positive direction.

Reigning national men’s champion and unanimous No. 1 Colorado remained atop the men’s poll, followed by No. 2 Northern Arizona, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Stanford. Each of their top squads were idle this past weekend.

Oregon is the top-five team in the midst of the hottest action this upcoming weekend at Friday’s Boston College Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, up against a field that includes No. 8 Syracuse and No. 16 Providence.

No. 1 Michigan remained atop the women’s poll after a strong 2014 inter-squad debut win at the Big Ten Preview over No. 16 Wisconsin. In a tight race for the second spot, current No. 2 Oregon is just one point ahead of No. 3 Michigan State. The Spartans won Oregon’s Bill Dellinger Invitational earlier this season, but the Ducks did not run their top squad.

No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Georgetown held steady to round out the top five.

Michigan headlines the field at Boston College against two of the past three national champions in 2011 winner Georgetown and defending champ No. 18 Providence, along with No. 15 Syracuse, No. 16 Boston College and No. 25 Dartmouth.

Mitten State rival Michigan State headlines the weekend’s other big meet in Saturday’s Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational. No. 9 Iowa State is the top challenger, along with No. 11 Butler, No. 22 Vanderbilt, No. 28 Minnesota and No. 30 North Carolina.

New to the polls this week were a pair of No. 30 teams in the Penn State men and the North Carolina women.

The NCAA Championships will be held Saturday, November 22, in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

For a full breakdown of the upcoming weekend’s action, check back later this week for the USTFCCCA Warm-Up Lap.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #2 — September 23

next poll: September 30
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (12) 360 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (20th)
1
2 Northern Arizona 341 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (8th)
2
3 Oregon 336 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
3
4 Oklahoma State 322 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (9th)
4
5 Stanford 316 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
5
6 Portland 288 West West Coast Rob Conner (25th)
6
7 Indiana 277 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (8th)
7
8 Syracuse 273 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
8
9 Villanova 259 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (15th)
9
10 BYU 247 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (15th)
10
11 Wisconsin 245 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (7th)
11
12 Iona 226 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (7th)
12
13 Virginia 183 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
14
14 NC State 182 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (37th)
15
15 Arkansas 176 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (7th)
13
16 Providence 172 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
16
17 New Mexico 165 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
17
18 Tulsa 133 Midwest American Steve Gulley (13th)
18
19 North Carolina 120 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (3rd)
19
20 Michigan 117 Great Lakes Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (1st)
22
21 Eastern Kentucky 113 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (36th)
20
22 Princeton 110 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (3rd)
21
23 UCLA 108 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (6th)
24
24 Texas 104 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd)
23
25 Florida State 97 South ACC Bob Braman (15th)
25
26 Washington 73 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
27
27 Iowa State 71 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (2nd)
26
28 Oklahoma 67 Midwest Big 12 Jim VanHootegem (2nd)
28
29 Colorado State 30 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (3rd)
29
30 Penn State 15 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (1st)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Columbia 14, Georgetown 12, Air Force 7, Auburn 7, Lamar 6, Butler 6, Virginia Tech 4, Yale 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Columbia
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #2 — September 23

next poll: September 30
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Michigan (8) 356 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (23rd)
1
2 Oregon (1) 335 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
2
3 Michigan State (2) 334 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (11th)
3
4 Stanford 321 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
4
5 Georgetown 306 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (3rd)
5
6 Florida State 298 South ACC Karen Harvey (8th)
6
7 Colorado 281 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (20th)
7
8 Arkansas (1) 278 South Central SEC Lance Harter (25th)
8
9 Iowa State 259 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (2nd)
9
10 Virginia 258 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (3rd)
10
11 Butler 247 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (8th)
11
12 New Mexico 226 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
12
13 Villanova 190 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (15th)
13
14 Syracuse 186 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
15
15 Washington 177 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
14
16 Wisconsin 162 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st)
16
17 Boston College 147 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (23rd)
16
18 Providence 136 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
18
19 Oklahoma State 115 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
20
20 Boise State 111 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (2nd)
19
21 West Virginia 108 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (8th)
21
22 Vanderbilt 86 South SEC Steve Keith (9th)
24
23 Virginia Tech 80 Southeast ACC Ben Thomas (14th)
22
24 SMU 75 South Central American Cathy Casey (10th)
23
25 Dartmouth 69 Northeast Ivy Courtney Jaworski (1st)
25
26 William and Mary 55 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (1st)
26
27 Penn State 52 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (1st)
27
28 Minnesota 46 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (2nd)
28
29 NC State 37 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (9th)
29
30 North Carolina 34 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (3rd)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 19, Princeton 18, Arizona State 15, Cornell 8, BYU 6, Toledo 5, Baylor 5, Texas A&M 2, Duke 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Weber State
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)