DI Men’s Poll Quiet Ahead of Big Weekend

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

September 22, 2015   

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NEW ORLEANS – For the 12th consecutive week, Colorado sits atop the men’s NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll as announced Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The two-time defending national champion Buffaloes have yet to race a full squad this season, but have been the unanimous No. 1 selection in each of the three polls this year.

National PDFs: Top 30 Summary | Week-by-Week 2015 | Week-by-Week All Time
Regional Rankings: Summary | Recap

There weren’t any changes to the top-5 as Colorado is followed by No.2 Stanford, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Oklahoma State. Three of the top-5 are in action this weekend as No. 2 Stanford hosts the Stanford XC Invitational, No. 3 Syracuse travels to the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and No. 5 Oklahoma State puts on its Cowboy Jamboree.

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Colorado 2)Syracuse) 3)Oregon 4)Villanova 5)Oklahoma State
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Oregon (No. 6) and Villanova (No. 7) swapped spots for the second consecutive week, while Iona and Virginia held steady at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Following a third-place showing at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships in which they were beat by IUPUI and Indiana State, the Indiana Hoosiers tumbled out of the top-10 to No. 17.

Michigan jumped into the top-10 following a strong effort at the Spartan Invitational. This is the Wolverines’ first trip to the top-10 since 2008.

Indiana, as mentioned before, isn’t the only team to slide in this week’s poll. North Carolina fell from No. 19 to No. 23 and Washington went from No. 21 to No. 28. The Tar Heels were beat the adidas XC Challenge by rival North Carolina State (No. 30 this week), while the Huskies’ home meet was won by Washington State.

Northern Arizona moved up in the poll, but the vote occurred before it was announced that 2014 NCAA third-place finisher Futsum Zienasellassie and teammate Nathan Weitz would redshirt.

There could very well be some changes in the poll come next week as there are several big meets with national implications. Four ranked teams and three others who received votes will compete at the Roy Griak Invitational and three top-25 teams are in the field at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.

The biggest meet of the season is in November, when the heavyweights will duke it out for the national championship at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.


Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #2 — September 22

next poll: September 29
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (12) 360 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
2 Stanford 345 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
3 Syracuse 335 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
4 Wisconsin 307 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (8th)
5 Oklahoma State 303 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (10th)
6 Oregon 294 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
7 Villanova 292 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (16th)
8 Iona 270 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (8th)
9 Virginia 250 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (4th)
10 Michigan 249 Great Lakes Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (2nd)
11 Northern Arizona 229 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (9th)
12 UCLA 228 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (7th)
13 Mississippi 207 South SEC Connie Price-Smith (1st)
14 BYU 205 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (16th)
15 Georgetown 173 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (1st)
16 Arkansas 149 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (8th)
17 Indiana 148 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (9th)
18 Furman 133 Southeast Southern Robert Gary (4th)
19 New Mexico 116 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
20 Eastern Kentucky 106 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (37th)
21 Arizona State 96 West Pac-12 Luis Quintana (15th)
22 Colorado State 90 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (4th)
23 North Carolina 79 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
24 Providence 73 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
25 Michigan State 71 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
26 Florida State 70 South ACC Bob Braman (16th)
26 Iowa State 70 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (3rd)
28 Washington 69 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
29 California 56 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (24th)
30 NC State 43 Southeast ACC Rollie Geiger (38th)
Others Receiving Votes: Portland 40, UTEP 26, Louisville 17, Southern Utah 17, Texas 13, Eastern Michigan 11, Tulsa 9, Virginia Tech 8, Boise State 7, Minnesota 7, Penn State 6, Florida 3
Dropped Out: No. 30 Portland
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)