It’s New Mexico, Then Anybody’s Guess in the DI Women’s Poll

It’s New Mexico, Then Anybody’s Guess in the DI Women’s Poll

NEW ORLEANS – This past weekend proved two things in NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country: New Mexico is in a league of its own, and after the Lobos it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be a viable challenger come November.

The latest National Coaches’ Poll, released Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), reaffirmed these truths. New Mexico remained the unanimous No. 1 team, followed by No. 2 Colorado and No. 3 Providence.

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Ever since the Lobos added the final piece of their juggernaut (UMKC transfer and 2014 All-American Courtney Frerichs), pundits wanted to see how well they could run in a true competition. Well, New Mexico debuted last Friday at the Joe Paine Notre Dame Invitational and didn’t disappoint. The Lobos placed each member of the Formidable Four – Frerichs (second), Rhona Auckland (fourth), Alice Wright (fifth) and Calli Thackery (sixth) – in the top-6 and dominated the stacked field (29 points).

The Buffaloes also competed for the first time this season and looked strong in the process. Led by Erin Clark, who won the race by 41 seconds, Colorado swept through its own Rocky Mountain Shootout.

Then there are the Friars, who were off this past weekend but are still on Cloud Nine after crushing their foes at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.

After the Buffaloes and Friars – well, really after New Mexico – it’s anybody’s guess.

From No. 4 to No. 30, there was a ton of movement. Only two teams – No. 17 Virginia and No. 23 Minnesota – remained in place from the previous poll.

Oregon climbed one spot from No. 5 to No. 4 thanks to its win at the Washington Invitational last Friday. The Ducks put three runners in the top-10 – sophomore Alli Cash, junior Maggie Schmaedick and senior Waverly Neer – and trumped second-place Washington and third-place Stanford, running without 2014 All-American Elise Cranny. By virtue of their runner-up showing in Seattle, the Huskies surged five spots from No. 15 to No. 10 – its loftiest ranking since 2013. While senior Aisling Cuffe won in her return to competitive racing, it wasn’t enough to keep the Cardinal from falling five spots from No. 4 to No. 9 – its lowest ranking of the season.

With Stanford stumbling, it opened the door for Michigan to vault into the top-5. The Wolverines won the Greater Louisville Classic behind the 1-2 finish of junior Erin Finn and senior Shannon Oskia and advanced three spots from No. 8 to No. 5 nationally.

Boise State and Georgetown also trended upward, going from No. 7 to No. 6 and No. 9 to No. 7, respectively. The Hoyas entered a partial squad at the Paul Short Run, while the Broncos didn’t race this past weekend.

North Carolina State moved up two spots from No. 14 to No. 12 after a runner-up finish at Notre Dame. The Wolfpack got the all-important single point from two-time National Athlete of the Week freshman Ryen Frazier.

Princeton flexed its muscles this past weekend and won its own Inter-Regional Meet. Despite beating both William & Mary and North Carolina, the Tigers remained below both in the poll. The Tribe did fall five spots from No. 18 to No. 23, while Princeton moved up three from No. 28 to No. 25.

Another team trending in the wrong direction is West Virginia. The Mountaineers were No. 10 in the Preseason Poll and currently find themselves at No. 20 following a seven-spot drop from last week. Originally scheduled for the Gold race, WVU ultimately ran in – and won – the Blue race against lesser competition.

There was only one new addition to the poll this week as Cornell went from receiving votes to No. 29. This is the Big Red’s first national ranking since Week 7 in 2013.

Just about every team in DI will rest its legs in anticipation of the heavy slate of meets in two weeks’ time, which include the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and Pre-Nationals.

Then all eyes will be on the postseason, which culminates with the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held November 21 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #4 — October 6

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Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 New Mexico (12) 360 20-0 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
1
2 Colorado 340 2-0 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
2
3 Providence 327 23-0 Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
3
4 Oregon 321 11-0 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
5
5 Michigan 301 20-0 Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (24th)
8
6 Boise State 269 24-0 West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd)
7
7 Georgetown 266 21-2 Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (4th)
9
8 Iowa State 264 26-18 Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (3rd)
6
9 Stanford 256 19-2 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
4
10 Washington 255 10-1 West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
15
11 Arkansas 253 15-0 South Central SEC Lance Harter (26th)
10
12 NC State 224 19-1 Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (10th)
14
13 Michigan State 217 23-1 Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
12
14 Wisconsin 195 15-5 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (2nd)
11
15 Syracuse 188 22-1 Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
16
16 Penn State 181 18-2 Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (2nd)
19
17 Virginia 172 14-0 Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (4th)
17
18 Notre Dame 156 18-2 Great Lakes ACC Matt Sparks (2nd)
20
19 North Carolina 119 10-1 Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
21
20 West Virginia 113 11-0 Mid-Atlantic Big 12 Sean Cleary (9th)
13
21 Vanderbilt 108 17-3 South SEC Steve Keith (10th)
22
22 BYU 104 8-3 Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (34th)
23
23 William and Mary 95 6-5 Southeast Colonial Natalie Hall (2nd)
18
23 Minnesota 95 39-5 Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (3rd)
23
25 Princeton 94 11-0 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Pete Farrell (38th)
28
26 Villanova 55 8-3 Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (16th)
25
27 Texas 32 21-0 South Central Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd)
26
28 Oklahoma State 32 5-0 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
27
29 Cornell 29 26-0 Northeast Ivy Artie Smith (5th)
RV
30 Alabama 27 4-1 South SEC Dan Waters (5th)
29
Others Receiving Votes: California 25, Utah 21, Weber State 15, Lipscomb 14, Mississippi State 12, Columbia 11, Harvard 10, Purdue 9, Indiana 6, Northern Arizona 5, Dartmouth 4
Dropped Out: No. 30 California
Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition versus DI opponents starting September 25
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