Minor Changes in 1st Regular-Season NCAA DI Men’s National Poll

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 15, 2015   

NEW ORLEANS – While the first regular-season edition of the women’s NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll was rife with changes, the status quo remained mostly intact for the men’s poll announced Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Two-time defending national champion Colorado remained on top with all 12 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 Wisconsin.

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WOMEN’S NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Colorado 2)Syracuse) 3)Oregon 4)Villanova 5)Oklahoma State
Colorado Stanford Syracuse Wisconsin Oklahoma St.
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The lone change to the top five came with a preseason tie at No. 4 between Wisconsin and Oklahoma State – both of whom combined for the four national titles before Colorado’s current run – was broken in favor of the Badgers. Oklahoma State checked in at No. 5 by the slimmest of margins.

Moving up one spot to No. 6 was Villanova – which has not debuted its top squad – in a swap with No. 7 Oregon.

The Ducks swept their home opener at the Bill Dellinger Invitational with two-time defending national champion Edward Cheserek kicking off his campaign to become the first-ever back-to-back-to-back NCAA DI men’s cross country champion by leading a flock of five UO runners across the line side-by-side.

No. 8 Iona and No. 9 Virginia both remained stationary, while Indiana moved up a spot for a top-10 appearance. Big Ten rival No. 11 Michigan also moved up one spot as former No. 10 Northern Arizona dropped to twelfth in the poll.

That’s the lowest for the Lumberjacks since a No. 18 showing near the end of the 2012 season, before going on to finish fourth at NCAAs.

Overall, no team moved up more than one spot in the poll, and none fell any farther than the two-position drop by NAU. No new teams joined the top 30.

Just outside in “also receiving votes” territory, UTEP came within eight points of making its first top-30 appearance since the end of the 2008 season.

All of these teams will be fighting for the national championship on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky on the course inside E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

 


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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #1 — September 15

next poll: September 22
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (12) 360 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
1
2 Stanford 345 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
2
3 Syracuse 335 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
3
4 Wisconsin 306 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (8th)
4
5 Oklahoma State 304 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (10th)
4
6 Villanova 294 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (16th)
7
7 Oregon 293 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
6
8 Iona 275 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (8th)
8
9 Virginia 246 Southeast ACC Peter Watson (4th)
9
10 Indiana 240 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (9th)
11
11 Michigan 237 Great Lakes Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (2nd)
12
12 Northern Arizona 235 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (9th)
10
13 UCLA 225 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (7th)
13
14 BYU 201 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (16th)
14
15 Mississippi 199 South SEC Connie Price-Smith (1st)
15
16 Georgetown 165 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (1st)
16
17 Arkansas 140 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (8th)
17
18 Furman 126 Southeast Southern Robert Gary (4th)
18
19 North Carolina 120 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
19
20 New Mexico 108 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
21
21 Washington 104 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
20
22 Eastern Kentucky 93 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (37th)
23
23 Arizona State 82 West Pac-12 Luis Quintana (15th)
22
24 Colorado State 77 Mountain Mountain West Art Siemers (4th)
24
25 Providence 66 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
25
26 Iowa State 65 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (3rd)
25
26 Florida State 65 South ACC Bob Braman (16th)
27
28 Michigan State 50 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
28
29 California 45 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (24th)
28
30 Portland 35 West West Coast Rob Conner (26th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: UTEP 27, NC State 24, Virginia Tech 19, Southern Utah 15, Texas 12, Louisville 11, Tulsa 9, Eastern Michigan 7, Penn State 7, Boise State 6, Minnesota 4, Florida 3
Dropped Out: (none)
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country)