Five Teams Earn First-Place Votes in New DI Men’s National Poll

Five Teams Earn First-Place Votes in New DI Men’s National Poll

NEW ORLEANS – Anytime a unanimous No.1 defending national champion team is upset –as Syracuse was this weekend at Virginia by BYU – there’s sure to be some rearranging in the following National Coaches’ Poll.

That turned out to be an understatement in Tuesday’s week three NCAA Division I Men’s National Coaches’ Poll, which featured a new top-ranked squad, the most-ever teams receiving first-place votes at one time and six teams in the top five.

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NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

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Northern Arizona assumed control of the poll after Syracuse’s misstep at the Panorama Farms Invitational, garnering seven first-place votes for its second-ever No. 1 rank in program history. The Lumberjacks – who will not run their full lineup until at least mid-October at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational – also checked in atop the poll prior to the 2013 NCAA Championships.

It’s far from a unanimous coronation, however. NAU was just one of five teams that earned first-place votes this week; never before Tuesday had more than four men’s teams earned first-place nods in any single poll. Week 10 of the 2010 season was the most recent of the four all-time instances of this dating back to the 1997 season (the beginning of the USTFCCCA archives).

The Orangemen, despite the upset, managed to retain one of their first-place votes as they dropped to No. 2 in the poll. No. 3 Oregon earned two first-place votes, while No. 4 BYU – the usurpers at Panorama Farms – and No. 5 Colorado also tallied a first-place nod each.

Joining Colorado in a tie at No. 5 was Arkansas.

Three of those teams will get to make their case for additional first-place consideration this weekend. Oregon will be in action at the Washington Invitational (which will be covered live on the USTFCCCA National Results Wall on Saturday), Colorado will host its annual Rocky Mountain Shootout and Arkansas will host its annual Chile Pepper Festival.

As a result of the 39-44 upset over Syracuse at Virginia, BYU moved up eight spots from a week ago to its highest rank since late last season when the Cougars checked in at No. 3 in week six. The Cougars’ solid pack-running and late-race endurance that served them so well against Cuse this weekend will be tested next at Wisconsin, which will feature not only a rematch with the Orange but also a showdown with NAU.

The Cougars weren’t the only team making a big leap into the top 10, or even the only team from the West Coast Conference to do so, for that matter. Coming off a decisive win at the Roy Griak Invitational, Portland soared up 12 spots to No. 7 for its first top-10 appearance since 2014.

That season ended with a program-best third-place national finish for the Pilots, who ended up missing the NCAA Championships a year later in 2015 as the team was reloading. The process appears to be back on the right track so far in 2016, as Portland topped Iowa State (more on the Cyclones in a moment) at Griak, 69-97.

Rounding out the top-10 were No. 8 Georgetown, No. 9 Eastern Kentucky and No. 10 Oklahoma State – all of whom dropped one spot.

Falling out of the top-10 were No. 11 Stanford (down seven from last time) and No. 12 Wisconsin (down two). As has become the norm the past few seasons, the jury is still out on Stanford as the Cardinal have not yet fielded their full lineup with top-20 national finishers Sean McGorty and Grant Fisher. Stanford was just fifth at Virginia with at least three runners who have been and are expected to be major postseason contributors.

Aforementioned Griak runners-up Iowa State was the most notable addition to the top-30, as the Cyclones catapulted from “receiving votes” to No. 15. In a textbook display of pack running, Iowa State’s five scorers all finished within six seconds of one another at Griak as the Cyclones moved up to their highest rank since the 2008 season.

That race’s fifth-place team finisher, Michigan State, also got a big bump. The Spartans rose eight spots to No. 22 with the result.

Joining Iowa State as newcomers to the top-30 were No. 27 UCLA and both Florida State and Texas in a tie at No. 30.

See the full men’s poll below.

The USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll for DI ranks the top 30 teams in the country. Voting panel of 12 consists of nine regional representatives, plus three other members of the DI Executive Committee.


Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #3 — September 27

next poll: October 4
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record^ Region (CR) Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Northern Arizona (7) 351 3-0 (1-0) Mountain (1) Big Sky Eric Heins (10th)
2 Syracuse (1) 331 19-1 (3-1) Northeast (1) ACC Chris Fox (12th)
3 Oregon (2) 326 6-0 (2-0) West (2) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (5th)
4 BYU (1) 320 13-0 (3-0) Mountain (2) West Coast Ed Eyestone (17th)
5 Colorado (1) 299 — (—) Mountain (3) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (22nd)
5 Arkansas 299 11-2 (—) South Central (1) SEC Chris Bucknam (9th)
7 Portland 296 32-2 (7-2) West (1) West Coast Rob Conner (27th)
8 Georgetown 264 5-2 (0-1) Mid-Atlantic (1) Big East Brandon Bonsey (1st)
9 Eastern Kentucky 249 2-0 (—) Southeast (1) Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (38th)
10 Oklahoma State 240 5-0 (1-0) Midwest (1) Big 12 Dave Smith (11th)
11 Stanford 237 9-4 (0-3) West (4) Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (5th)
12 Wisconsin 201 — (—) Great Lakes (2) Big Ten Mick Byrne (9th)
13 Virginia 196 11-2 (1-2) Southeast (2) ACC Peter Watson (5th)
14 Indiana 193 4-0 (—) Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Ron Helmer (10th)
15 Iowa State 183 27-1 (7-1) Midwest (2) Big 12 Martin Smith (4th)
16 Iona 181 3-5 (0-1) Northeast (3) Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (9th)
17 Boise State 180 26-2 (6-1) West (3) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (4th)
18 UTEP 167 — (—) Mountain (4) Conference USA Paul Ereng (14th)
19 Michigan 147 27-4 (5-3) Great Lakes (3) Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (3rd)
20 Mississippi 127 — (—) South (1) SEC Ryan Vanhoy (4th)
21 Washington 108 3-1 (0-1) West (6) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (15th)
22 Michigan State 101 28-4 (4-3) Great Lakes (4) Big Ten Walt Drenth (13th)
23 NC State 94 — (—) Southeast (3) ACC Rollie Geiger (39th)
24 Washington State 89 4-0 (1-0) West (5) Pac-12 Wayne Phipps (3rd)
25 Columbia 56 5-4 (1-0) Northeast (2) Ivy Dan Ireland (3rd)
26 Penn 55 — (—) Mid-Atlantic (2) Ivy Steve Dolan (5th)
27 UCLA 54 23-5 (4-4) West (7) Pac-12 Mike Maynard (8th)
28 Tulsa 50 4-1 (0-1) Midwest (3) American Steve Gulley (15th)
29 Colorado State 43 22-6 (3-4) Mountain (5) Mountain West Art Siemers (5th)
30 Florida State 22 — (—) South (2) ACC Bob Braman (17th)
30 Texas 22 — (—) South Central (2) Big 12 Mario Sategna (4th)
Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 17, Providence 13, Virginia Tech 10, Louisville 10, Middle Tennessee 8, Princeton 8, Southern Utah 6, Villanova 6, Campbell 5, Oklahoma 3, Texas A&M 3, Minnesota 2, Illinois 2
Dropped out: No. 19 Oklahoma, No. 22 Furman, No. 26 Southern Utah
^ Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 7500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; records in () are results against ranked teams.
(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking