Michigan State Women Move Up in a Quiet Division I XC National Coaches Poll

Michigan State Women Move Up in a Quiet Division I XC National Coaches Poll

NEW ORLEANS – All is still mostly quiet in the first regular-season edition of the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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
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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
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With three weekends of largely low-impact, rust-busting competition having gone by and another low-key weekend left before the stakes are raised with the first day of countable meets for NCAA Championships on September 26, few teams moved more than a spot or two from their preseason positions.

All top five men’s teams held steady, as did four of the top five women’s team.

The one new women’s team? Apparently Michigan State‘s women didn’t get the memo to take it easy until September ends.

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The Spartans moved up three positions to No. 3 – just two spots away from top-ranked bitter rival Michigan – and earned a first-place vote after two strong showings by their top women at the Oregon Bill Dellinger Invitational and their own Auto Owners Spartan Invitational. National Athlete of the Week Rachele Schulist and reigning steeplechase champion Leah O’Connor each earned wins in those respective meets.

Now up to their highest rank since week five of the 2002 season (also its highest rank in the USTFCCCA archives dating back to 1995), the Spartans took down a conservative No. 2 Oregon squad in its debut and the two-time reigning Division II champion Grand Valley State women this past weekend.

Rival Michigan stayed at No. 1 with eight first-place votes – up two from the preseason – with just a home time trial under its belt, while Oregon remained No. 2 with two first-place votes. Following Michigan State was No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Georgetown, both of which also held steady.

Preseason No. 3 Florida State traded spots with Michigan State to fall to No. 6, its lowest rank since week three of the 2011 season. Colorado and Arkansas – still with a first-place vote – traded spots to end up at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, while Iowa State and Virginia rounded out the top 10.

Defending men’s national champion Colorado remained the unanimous No. 1 team with all 12 first-place votes. The Buffaloes performed well at their home time trial and sent a small group of runners to Colorado State, but have yet to fully open up their top squad.

With both having hosted home invitationals, Northern Arizona stayed steady at No. 2 and Oregon – which debuted defending individual national champ Edward Cheserek in a win – held firm at No. 3.

Oklahoma State and Stanford rounded out the top five.

A pair of teams swapped spots in the bottom half of the top 10, with No. 6 Portland/No. 7 Indiana and No. 9 Villanova/No. 10 BYU trading spots from the preseason. Sandwiched in between was No. 8 Syracuse.

Only two new teams joined the poll this week: the Boise State women at No. 19 and the Columbia men at No. 30.

The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #1 — September 16

next poll: September 23
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 336 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
3
4 Oklahoma State 321 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (9th)
4
5 Stanford 309 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
5
6 Portland 285 West West Coast Rob Conner (25th)
7
7 Indiana 277 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (8th)
6
8 Syracuse 275 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
8
9 Villanova 251 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (15th)
10
10 BYU 249 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (15th)
9
11 Wisconsin 246 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (7th)
11
12 Iona 234 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (7th)
12
13 Arkansas 194 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (7th)
13
14 Virginia 184 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (3rd)
14
15 NC State 173 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (37th)
15
16 Providence 171 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
16
17 New Mexico 165 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
17
18 Tulsa 139 Midwest American Steve Gulley (13th)
18
19 North Carolina 118 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (3rd)
20
20 Eastern Kentucky 113 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (36th)
21
21 Princeton 109 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (3rd)
19
22 Michigan 102 Great Lakes Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (1st)
22
23 Texas 99 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd)
23
24 UCLA 98 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (6th)
24
25 Florida State 92 South ACC Bob Braman (15th)
24
26 Iowa State 91 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (2nd)
26
27 Washington 72 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
27
28 Oklahoma 52 Midwest Big 12 Jim VanHootegem (2nd)
28
29 Colorado State 35 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (3rd)
30
30 Columbia 16 Northeast Ivy Dan Ireland (1st)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 13, Penn State 13, Air Force 9, Butler 9, Lamar 7, Auburn 6, Yale 6, Virginia Tech 4, William and Mary 3
Dropped Out: No. 29 Georgetown
(* 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 #1 — September 16

next poll: September 23
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 (2) 337 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd)
2
3 Michigan State (1) 328 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (11th)
6
4 Stanford 322 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd)
4
5 Georgetown 308 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (3rd)
5
6 Florida State 299 South ACC Karen Harvey (8th)
3
7 Colorado 281 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (20th)
8
8 Arkansas (1) 280 South Central SEC Lance Harter (25th)
7
9 Iowa State 257 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (2nd)
9
10 Virginia 255 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (3rd)
10
11 Butler 236 Great Lakes Big East Matt Roe (8th)
12
12 New Mexico 229 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (8th)
11
13 Villanova 204 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (15th)
14
14 Washington 196 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (13th)
15
15 Syracuse 192 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (10th)
13
16 Wisconsin 152 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st)
16
16 Boston College 152 Northeast ACC Randy Thomas (23rd)
17
18 Providence 150 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (31st)
18
19 Boise State 123 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (2nd)
RV
20 Oklahoma State 121 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (6th)
19
21 West Virginia 119 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (8th)
20
22 Virginia Tech 104 Southeast ACC Ben Thomas (14th)
21
23 SMU 92 South Central American Cathy Casey (10th)
22
24 Vanderbilt 89 South SEC Steve Keith (9th)
23
25 Dartmouth 71 Northeast Ivy Courtney Jaworski (1st)
24
26 William and Mary 69 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (1st)
25
27 Penn State 68 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (1st)
29
28 Minnesota 52 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (2nd)
25
29 NC State 34 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (9th)
27
30 Weber State 28 Mountain Big Sky Paul Pilkington (8th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 20, Arizona State 17, Toledo 12, Cornell 11, Texas A&M 4, Baylor 4, Utah 4, Ohio State 2, Duke 2
Dropped Out: No. 30 Arizona State
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)
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