New Mexico Strengthens Hold On Top Spot in Women’s Poll

New Mexico Strengthens Hold On Top Spot in Women’s Poll

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NEW ORLEANS – The New Mexico women are more of a clear-cut favorite in the NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll, as released Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

One week after earning its first No. 1 ranking in program history, the Lobos took one of Iowa State’s first-place votes. Nine voters ranked New Mexico at the top of their ballots, while the second-ranked Cyclones headed two.

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The National Coaches’ Poll vote occurred before news came out on Tuesday morning that Iowa State’s seventh-place NCAA finisher Crystal Nelson will be redshirting the 2015 season.

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Defending national champion Michigan State once again earned a first-place vote, but fell out of the top-5. Colorado remained at No. 3, but both Georgetown (No. 4) and Stanford (No. 5) leapfrogged the Spartans, who dominated their own invitational without the services of Lindsay Clark and Katie Landwehr.

Oregon and Providence remained at No. 7 and No. 8, while Michigan found its way back into the top-10 for the first time since Week 6 last year. The Wolverines secured the team title at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic after putting four runners in the top-10, led by individual champion junior Erin Finn.

North Carolina State climbed three spots from No. 16 to No. 13 after a strong effort at the adidas XC Challenge. The Wolfpack were led by National Athlete of the Week Ryen Frazier, who won the individual title and set a course record in the process.

Outside of NC State, no team jumped more than two spots or fell more than two. Notre Dame, led by freshman Anna Rohrer, won the National Catholic Cross Country Invitational and is now No. 18 after spending time at No. 20 last week.

Next week might have a few more changes as two big meets take place this weekend. There will be five top-30 teams in the field at the Roy Griak Invitational (No. 2 Iowa State, No. 6 Michigan State, No. 20 Boise State, No. 26 Minnesota and No. 30 California), while three will be at the Coast-to-Coast Battle at Beantown (No. 4 Georgetown, No. 8 Providence, No. 19 Syracuse and No. 25 Dartmouth).

Most of these teams in the top-30 will also be represented come November at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Women’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 New Mexico (9) 357 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
1
2 Iowa State (2) 331 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (3rd)
2
3 Colorado 329 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
3
4 Georgetown 311 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (4th)
5
5 Stanford 302 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
6
6 Michigan State (1) 300 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
4
7 Oregon 295 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
7
8 Providence 284 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
8
9 Michigan 268 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (24th)
12
10 Arkansas 255 South Central SEC Lance Harter (26th)
9
11 Wisconsin 241 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (2nd)
10
12 West Virginia 217 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (9th)
11
13 NC State 198 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (10th)
16
14 Washington 197 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
14
15 William and Mary 193 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (2nd)
13
16 Virginia 179 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (4th)
15
17 Penn State 162 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (2nd)
18
18 Notre Dame 145 Great Lakes ACC Matt Sparks (2nd)
20
19 Syracuse 141 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
17
20 Boise State 137 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd)
19
21 North Carolina 123 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
21
22 Vanderbilt 89 South SEC Steve Keith (10th)
22
23 BYU 75 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (34th)
24
24 Villanova 71 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (16th)
23
25 Dartmouth 62 Northeast Ivy Courtney Jaworski (2nd)
25
26 Minnesota 58 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (3rd)
26
27 Texas 49 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd)
27
28 Oklahoma State 46 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
28
29 Princeton 35 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Pete Farrell (38th)
29
30 California 27 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (34th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi State 23, New Hampshire 20, Baylor 15, Alabama 10, Florida State 10, Arizona State 6, SMU 5, Northern Arizona 5, Lipscomb 3, Cornell 3, Eastern Kentucky 2, Columbia 1
Dropped Out: (none)
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)
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