NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll Continues To Evolve In Week 2

NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll Continues To Evolve In Week 2

NEW ORLEANS — With New Mexico and Colorado idle this past weekend, Providence had a great chance to show off and possibly move up in the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

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The Friars took full advantage of the opportunity, unveiled most of their scoring lineup and dominated the meet to the tune of 25 points. In turn, the coaches rewarded them by moving them past the Buffaloes into second place in the most recent poll that was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Providence looked strong this past weekend — and did so without Catarina Rocha or All-American transfer Samantha Jones. Sarah Collins led the way for the Friars and placed third behind New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier and Boston College’s Isabelle Kennedy. The Friars packed up right behind Collins and went fourth (Brianna Ilarda), fifth (Millie Paladino), sixth (Abbey Wheeler) and seventh (Katie Lembo).

In order to move up to second in the poll behind the Lady Lobos, Providence needed something to happen to one of Colorado’s two first-place votes. Well, the coaches saw fit to take one away from the Buffs and hand it back to New Mexico, giving Joe Franklin’s team eight of the 12 possible.

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There were only two changes to the top-18 if you count what transpired between the Friars and Colorado. The other was Arkansas and Washington swapping spots at No. 11 and No. 12 (The Razorbacks went to No. 11, the Huskies fell to No. 12).

Once you get down to No. 19, the fun begins — as the only team from No. 19 to No. 30 that remained in place from Week 1 was No. 30 Portland.

Several teams moved up multiple places, namely BYU (No. 21 to No. 19), Kansas (No. 24 to No. 21), Vanderbilt (No. 26 to No. 24) and Minnesota (No. 28 to No. 25).

The biggest gainer in the poll this week — not counting Utah, a team that went from Receiving Votes to No. 26 — was Yale. The Bulldogs jumped from No. 29 to No. 23 following a resounding victory at the annual HYP (Harvard-Yale-Princeton) meet. Yale scored just 20 points and put six of its runners in the top-7 (Harvard’s Courtney Smith won the meet by less than a second over Yale’s Frances Schmiede).

Coming up this weekend are a big of big meets in the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Friday and the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday. In the former, we’ll see four ranked teams compete compared to nine in the latter, including three top-10 teams.

It should also provide a whetting of the appetite for the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on November 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #2 — September 20

next poll: September 27
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record^ Region (CR) Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 New Mexico (8) 351 Mountain (1) Mountain West Joe Franklin (10th)
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2 Providence (3) 346 11-0 Northeast (1) Big East Ray Treacy (33rd)
3
3 Colorado (1) 344 Mountain (2) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (22nd)
2
4 Oregon 323 8-0 West (1) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (5th)
4
5 NC State 296 12-0 Southeast (1) ACC Laurie Henes (11th)
5
6 Boise State 292 West (2) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (4th)
6
7 Stanford 280 West (3) Pac-12 Elizabeth DeBole (1st)
7
8 Oklahoma State 264 Midwest (1) Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
8
9 Michigan State 252 4-0 Great Lakes (2) Big Ten Walt Drenth (13th)
9
10 Michigan 250 2-0 Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Mike McGuire (25th)
10
11 Arkansas 241 12-0 South Central (1) SEC Lance Harter (27th)
12
12 Washington 239 5-0 West (4) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (15th)
11
13 Penn State 211 12-0 Mid-Atlantic (1) Big Ten John Gondak (3rd)
13
14 Virginia 183 6-6 Southeast (2) ACC Todd Morgan (5th)
14
15 Notre Dame 182 10-0 Great Lakes (3) ACC Matt Sparks (3rd)
15
16 Syracuse 169 8-4 Northeast (2) ACC Chris Fox (12th)
16
17 Iowa State 158 Midwest (4) Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
17
18 Georgetown 157 10-2 Mid-Atlantic (2) Big East Julie Culley (1st)
18
19 BYU 146 Mountain (3) West Coast Ed Eyestone (1st)
21
20 San Francisco 130 West (5) West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)
19
21 Kansas 87 Midwest (2) Big 12 Stanley Redwine (17th)
24
22 Penn 81 2-0 Mid-Atlantic (3) Ivy Steve Dolan (5th)
23
23 Yale 75 10-0 Northeast (3) Ivy Amy Gosztyla (6th)
29
24 Vanderbilt 69 21-2 South (1) SEC Steve Keith (11th)
26
25 Minnesota 64 3-0 Midwest (3) Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (4th)
28
26 Utah 56 8-0 Mountain (4) Pac-12 Kyle Kepler (12th)
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27 Harvard 55 1-1 Northeast (4) Ivy Jason Saretsky (11th)
26
28 Weber State 48 7-1 Mountain (5) Big Sky Paul Pilkington (10th)
25
29 Mississippi State 46 18-5 South (2) SEC Houston Franks (8th)
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30 Portland 37 0-8 West (6) West Coast Ian Solof (15th)
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Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 30, Eastern Michigan 23, Texas 17, Villanova 16, William and Mary 15, Mississippi 12, California 10, Tulsa 7, Cornell 7, Columbia 3, Baylor 2, Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 2, Rice 1, Dartmouth 1.
Dropped Out: No. 22 Princeton
^ Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 4500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; records in () are results against ranked teams.
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking