Pure Michigan: Women of Michigan & Michigan State Make History Atop DI Cross Country National Poll

Courtesy: Dennis Young, USTFCCCA

September 30, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS—National polling archives for NCAA Division I Cross Country date back to 1998 for men and ’95 for women. During that time, never have two schools from one state claimed the top two ranks in either sex’s national poll.

Not until today, at least.

The women of No. 1 Michigan and new No. 2 Michigan State made history in the week three edition of the National Coaches Polls released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as the Spartans moved past now-No. 3 Oregon with a decisive win at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday.

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NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Colorado 2)Northern Arizona 3)Oregon) 4)Oklahoma State 5)Portland
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NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Michigan 2)Michigan State 3)Oregon 4)Stanford 5)Georgetown
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Led by fifth-place Rachele Schulist and ninth-place Leah O’Connor, the Spartans put five scorers across the finish line among the top 22 finishers – no other team had more than three in the top 30 – to win over No. 9 Iowa State, 66-102.

MSU’s in-state rivals hold on to the top spot for another week, as the Wolverines won Friday’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. UofM was similarly dominant in Boston, putting three in the top 10 – including runner-up Erin Finn and third-place Shannon Osika – to take down No. 5 Georgetown, 55-77

The rivals won’t race each other until Big Tens on November 2nd, though Michigan and Oregon are both running at Pre-Nationals in two weeks.

Like MSU, most of the teams that made the biggest moves in Tuesday’s poll did so on the basis of races in Minnesota on Saturday. No. 16 North Carolina is the biggest mover, jumped 16 spots with its third-place finish.

Though Emma Bates struggled to a sixth-place finish at Griak, the rest of her No. 17 Boise State Broncos squad ran well in a fourth-place showing and were rewarded with the highest ranking the program has received in the 20 seasons of polling in the USTFCCCA archives.

Both new teams, No. 24 Baylor and No. 25 Arizona State – led by Griak runner-up Rachel Johnson and winner/National Athlete of the Week Shelby Houlihan, respectively – enter after good Griak performances. THe Bears were fifth, followed by the Sun Devils in sixth.

Only eight teams in the top 20 changed places, but teams No. 20 through 30 are all different from a week ago. No. 21 Dartmouth and No. 22 William & Mary are the two largest leapers based on their performances at Boston College and Virginia, respectively. Both climbed four slots and are led by first-year coaches, Courtney Jaworski and Natalie Hall, respectively.

Like the women’s, the top half of the men’s poll was largely static and the bottom almost entirely changed. Nos. 5 and 6 Portland and Stanford switched places after Stanford ran a portion of its varsity at its home meet and Portland didn’t race, marking the only movement among the top 11 teams.

Seventeen of the bottom 18 teams in the poll are in a different spot than they were last Tuesday. No. 12 Providence (third in Boston) and No. 25 Colorado State (second at Griak) each improved four spots in the poll.

Three of the new teams enter on recognition of their Griak scores: upset team winner No. 22 Southern Utah, No. 27 Minnesota, and No. 30 Michigan State

The fourth new school in the poll is No. 29 Furman, ranked for the first time since at least 1998 when the USTFCCCA archives begin. The Paladins may stay in the poll for a while, as they finished within four points of Virginia and beat a shorthanded Iona on Friday at Panorama Farms. Those two teams are currently tied for 13th nationally.

With another busy schedule on the horizon for this upcoming weekend, expect more movement in the fourth regular season edition of the poll. Thirty-five of the 60 ranked teams raced this past weekend; out of the 25 that sat out, all 25 have races on their schedules for this upcoming weekend.

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. For live updates throughout the weekend, check in with the new USTFCCCA National Results Wall.

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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #3 — September 30

next poll: October 7
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 340 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (8th)
2
3 Oregon 338 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
3
4 Oklahoma State 321 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (9th)
4
5 Portland 295 West West Coast Rob Conner (25th)
6
6 Stanford 291 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
5
7 Indiana 285 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (8th)
7
8 Syracuse 272 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
8
9 Villanova 262 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (15th)
9
10 BYU 256 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (15th)
10
11 Wisconsin 247 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (7th)
11
12 Providence 213 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
16
13 Iona 187 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (7th)
12
13 Virginia 187 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
13
15 New Mexico 186 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
17
16 NC State 181 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (37th)
14
17 Arkansas 172 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (7th)
15
18 Tulsa 135 Midwest American Steve Gulley (13th)
18
19 Michigan 126 Great Lakes Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (1st)
20
20 Princeton 113 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (3rd)
22
20 UCLA 113 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (6th)
23
22 Southern Utah 103 Mountain Big Sky Eric Houle (23rd)
NR
23 Eastern Kentucky 98 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (36th)
21
24 Florida State 97 South ACC Bob Braman (15th)
25
25 Colorado State 75 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (3rd)
29
26 Oklahoma 65 Midwest Big 12 Jason Dunn (2nd)
28
27 Minnesota 56 Midwest Big Ten Steve Plasencia (19th)
NR
28 Washington 46 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
26
29 Furman 36 Southeast Southern Robert Gary (3rd)
NR
30 Michigan State 24 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (11th)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 21, Penn State 18, Georgetown 14, Iowa State 12, Virginia Tech 7, Air Force 5, Auburn 4, Yale 2, Lamar 2, North Carolina 1, Dartmouth 1
Dropped Out: No. 19 North Carolina, No. 24 Texas, No. 27 Iowa State, No. 30 Penn State
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)

 

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #3 — September 30

next poll: October 7
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Michigan (8) 355 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (23rd)
1
2 Michigan State (3) 345 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (11th)
3
3 Oregon (1) 332 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
2
4 Stanford 317 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
4
5 Georgetown 312 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (3rd)
5
6 Florida State 298 South ACC Karen Harvey (8th)
6
7 Arkansas 293 South Central SEC Lance Harter (25th)
8
8 Colorado 274 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (20th)
7
9 Iowa State 267 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (2nd)
9
10 Virginia 259 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (3rd)
10
11 Syracuse 225 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
14
12 New Mexico 214 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
12
13 Villanova 200 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (15th)
13
14 North Carolina 195 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (3rd)
30
15 Washington 185 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
15
16 Wisconsin 182 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st)
16
17 Boise State 162 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (2nd)
20
18 Boston College 155 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (23rd)
17
19 Oklahoma State 122 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
19
20 Providence 110 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
18
21 Dartmouth 103 Northeast Ivy Courtney Jaworski (1st)
25
22 William and Mary 96 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (1st)
26
23 West Virginia 92 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (8th)
21
24 Baylor 88 South Central Big 12 Todd Harbour (15th)
RV
25 Arizona State 64 West Pac-12 Luis Quintana (1st)
RV
26 Minnesota 57 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (2nd)
28
27 Vanderbilt 50 South SEC Steve Keith (9th)
22
28 Virginia Tech 47 Southeast ACC Ben Thomas (14th)
23
29 Butler 41 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (8th)
11
30 Penn State 35 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (1st)
27
Others Receiving Votes: SMU 22, NC State 20, BYU 16, Northern Arizona 11, Toledo 8, Rice 6, Ohio State 1, Princeton 1, New Hampshire 1
Dropped Out: No. 24 SMU, No. 29 NC State
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)