Winds of Change Sweep Through DI Women’s Poll

Winds of Change Sweep Through DI Women’s Poll

The collegiate cross country season shifts into another gear this weekend with more than two-thirds of the nationally ranked teams in action!

Many of them are at Notre Dame or Washington on Friday, or Louisville or Princeton on Saturday – and you can follow along LIVE with all of them on the USTFCCCA National Results Wall!


NEW ORLEANS – Hold on to your hats, folks.

If the first week of countable meets in NCAA Division I Cross Country and the ensuing National Coaches’ Poll is any indication, we’re in for a treat this season.

National PDFs: Top 30 Summary | Week-by-Week 2015 | Week-by-Week All Time
Regional Rankings: Summary | Recap
More: Men’s National Coaches’ Poll

There were some major changes in the women’s poll released Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)New Mexico) 2)Colorado 3)Providence 4)Stanford) 5)Oregon)
New Mexico Colorado Providence Stanford Oregon
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Let’s get this out of the way first: New Mexico is still No. 1 by a large margin. The Lobos hauled in all 12 first-place votes and are the unanimous team to beat (on paper).

Everything changed behind New Mexico in the top-10. Only No. 10 Arkansas remained in the same spot from last week’s ballot.

The winners of this past weekend’s biggest meets – the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and the Roy Griak Invitational – rocketed up the poll.

Providence, a team that was No. 8 last week is the new No. 3 after posting a dominant win at Franklin Park in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. The Friars placed three runners in the top-10, led by Catarina Rocha (third, 16:53.9) and Sarah Collins (fourth, 16:55.6). To put this into context, Providence scored one-third the amount of points that new-No. 16 Syracuse did (42-127). Georgetown finished a disappointing third and while it should be noted that the Hoyas raced without several of their projected top runners, they fell five spots in the poll from No. 4 to No. 9.

Now raise your hand if you expected Boise State to win the Roy Griak Invitational. OK, even if you thought that, you probably didn’t think the Broncos would win so convincingly. Boise State, led by freshmen Allie Ostrander and Annie Bothma, put four of its runners in the top-10 – and its fifth runner was only 16th. The Broncos scored the fourth fewest points in Griak Invitational history and jumped from 20th to 7th in the poll.

While Boise State and Providence trended upward, former No. 1 Iowa State and reigning national champion Michigan State are headed in the other direction.

After news broke last week that two-time All-American Crystal Nelson would redshirt, many felt the Cyclones would be docked a few spots. Iowa State dropped four places this week from No. 2 to No. 6 and its “B” squad finished 19th at the Griak Invitational.

The Spartans have their own injury concerns as they raced without Lindsay Clark and Katie Landwehr in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Juniors Rachele Schulist and Alexis Wiersma ran admirably, but Michigan State was a distant second to the Broncos. After falling from third to sixth last week, the Spartans tumbled to 12th this week.

There was one new addition to the National Coaches’ Poll as Alabama comes in at No. 29 after receiving votes last week. This is the Crimson Tide’s first appearance in the poll since 1995 when it was ranked No. 19 in Week 3.

This weekend could be another volatile one as there are four meets to watch – the Notre Dame Invitational, the Washington Invitational, the Princeton Inter-Regional Invitational and the Greater Louisville Classic.

Six top-30 teams headline the field at Louisville, including No. 6 Iowa State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 13 West Virginia.

Notre Dame will give us our first glimpse of the new-look No. 1 Lobos, up against five more teams ranked or receiving votes this week.

Washington features a battle between No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Oregon as part of a field with four top-30 teams, while Princeton will feature No. 18 William & Mary, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 28 Princeton.

Fans can follow along with all those meets and more live on the USTFCCCA National Results Wall.

All of these meets, however, won’t hold a candle to what could happen Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #3 — September 29

next poll: October 6
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 New Mexico (12) 360 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
1
2 Colorado 335 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
3
3 Providence 319 23-0 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
8
4 Stanford 312 10-0 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
5
5 Oregon 303 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
7
6 Iowa State 282 7-17 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (3rd)
2
7 Boise State 279 24-0 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd)
20
8 Michigan 278 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (24th)
9
9 Georgetown 269 21-2 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (4th)
4
10 Arkansas 258 South Central SEC Lance Harter (26th)
10
11 Wisconsin 237 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (2nd)
11
12 Michigan State 215 23-1 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
6
13 West Virginia 205 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (9th)
12
14 NC State 203 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (10th)
13
15 Washington 196 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
14
16 Syracuse 179 22-1 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
19
17 Virginia 176 14-0 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (4th)
16
18 William and Mary 174 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (2nd)
15
19 Penn State 155 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (2nd)
17
20 Notre Dame 147 Great Lakes ACC Matt Sparks (2nd)
18
21 North Carolina 109 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
21
22 Vanderbilt 91 South SEC Steve Keith (10th)
22
23 BYU 76 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (34th)
23
23 Minnesota 76 22-2 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (3rd)
26
25 Villanova 69 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (16th)
24
26 Texas 55 15-0 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd)
27
27 Oklahoma State 52 5-0 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
28
28 Princeton 28 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Pete Farrell (38th)
29
29 Alabama 21 4-1 South SEC Dan Waters (5th)
RV
30 California 20 20-4 West Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (34th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi State 18, Weber State 16, Dartmouth 15, Harvard 13, Purdue 13, Cornell 12, Lipscomb 6, Northern Arizona 5, SMU 2, Columbia 1
Dropped Out: No. 25 Dartmouth
Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition versus DI opponents starting September 25
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)
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