New Mexico No Longer Unanimous in Coaches’ Poll

NEW ORLEANS – The dust has nearly settled on the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country season. This coming Saturday will mark the final day of the season as 31 teams will vie for the national championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

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According to the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), New Mexico is still the clear-cut favorite to win the championship, but is no longer unanimous. The Lobos can thank No. 2 Colorado for that.

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Last Friday, the Buffaloes beat New Mexico by one point for the Mountain Region title and took two first-place votes from Joe Franklin’s team a few days later. This marks the first time since the Week 3 poll that the Lobos shared first-place votes.

Elsewhere in the poll, dominant or surprising efforts at regional championships were rewarded – such was the case when it came to No. 4 Providence, No. 8 Boise State and No. 11 Oklahoma State.

The Friars, led by a second-place finish by Sarah Collins, ran away with the Northeast Region crown. Providence scored 49 points compared to runner-up Syracuse’s 92 and appears to be a solid contender to podium in five days.

And thanks to another win by standout freshman Allie Ostrander and a strong team effort behind her, the Broncos nearly authored another shocking upset – this time at the expense of No. 5 Oregon. Boise State romped to a team title at the Roy Griak Invitational earlier this season and would have added more hardware to its trophy case last Friday if the Ducks’ depth didn’t prevail.

The Cowgirls, ranked No. 30 in the preseason, continued their late-season surge. Fresh off a historic win at the Big 12 Championships, Oklahoma State made quick work of the field in Lawrence, Kansas for the Midwest Region crown. Three Cowgirls finished in the top-10 and Oklahoma State scored 51 points to runner-up Iowa State’s 98.

While the rest of the poll more or less remained the same other than an eight-spot jump by Vanderbilt, there were two new additions to the back end – Tulsa (tied for 27th) and San Francisco (No. 29). Both the Golden Hurricane and the Dons earned at-large berths to NCAAs following strong races at their respective regional meets. This is the first time since 2010 that Tulsa is ranked and San Francisco’s first appearance in the poll since 2013.

All but one team in the final poll of the season will contend for the NCAA title at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park this Saturday. No. 30 North Carolina was left out of the mix after it finished third in a cutthroat Southeast Region.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #7 — November 16 (pre-championships)

next poll: none, NCAA Championships, November 21 (Louisville, Ky.)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Overall (vs Ranked) Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 New Mexico (10) 358 82-1 (25-1) Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th)
1
2 Colorado (2) 349 74-1 (16-1) Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st)
2
3 Arkansas 327 79-1 (19-1) South Central SEC Lance Harter (26th)
3
4 Providence 318 107-12 (18-4) Northeast Big East Ray Treacy (32nd)
4
5 Oregon 313 97-3 (19-3) West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th)
4
6 Michigan 287 109-1 (17-1) Great Lakes Big Ten Mike McGuire (24th)
7
7 Virginia 286 93-2 (22-2) Southeast ACC Todd Morgan (4th)
6
8 Boise State 281 95-7 (21-7) West Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd)
9
9 Penn State 256 86-11 (15-11) Mid-Atlantic Big Ten John Gondak (2nd)
10
9 NC State 256 95-6 (21-6) Southeast ACC Laurie Henes (10th)
8
11 Oklahoma State 242 68-0 (4-0) Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
13
12 Washington 221 78-13 (17-13) West Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th)
12
13 Stanford 219 100-10 (12-10) West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th)
11
14 Georgetown 209 94-10 (6-10) Mid-Atlantic Big East Michael Smith (4th)
14
15 Notre Dame 185 83-16 (11-16) Great Lakes ACC Matt Sparks (2nd)
15
16 Iowa State 179 91-26 (15-14) Midwest Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (3rd)
16
17 Michigan State 158 85-19 (9-19) Great Lakes Big Ten Walt Drenth (12th)
18
18 Syracuse 153 93-15 (9-15) Northeast ACC Chris Fox (11th)
19
19 Vanderbilt 131 75-22 (4-20) South SEC Steve Keith (10th)
27
20 Mississippi State 123 93-7 (6-7) South SEC Houston Franks (7th)
17
21 Utah 121 78-15 (6-15) Mountain Pac-12 Kyle Kepler (11th)
20
22 Princeton 118 68-14 (8-14) Mid-Atlantic Ivy Pete Farrell (38th)
23
23 Minnesota 106 97-24 (7-24) Midwest Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (3rd)
21
24 BYU 102 58-15 (12-15) Mountain West Coast Patrick Shane (34th)
24
25 Weber State 66 82-14 (4-14) Mountain Big Sky Paul Pilkington (9th)
25
25 Villanova 66 76-17 (1-15) Mid-Atlantic Big East Gina Procaccio (16th)
26
27 Tulsa 25 58-31 (0-21) Midwest American Steve Gulley (14th)
NR
27 Gonzaga 25 45-10 (2-9) West West Coast Patrick Tyson (9th)
30
29 San Francisco 22 77-33 (2-19) West West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (13th)
NR
30 North Carolina 17 67-25 (2-23) Southeast ACC Mark VanAlstyne (4th)
28
Others Receiving Votes: Kansas 15, Texas 14, William and Mary 11, Wisconsin 7, Brown 6, West Virginia 5, Boston College 2, Yale 1
Dropped Out: No. 22 William and Mary, No. 29 Yale
Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition versus DI opponents starting September 25; records in () are results against ranked teams.
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country)
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