New Mexico’s Lead Dwindles In NCAA DI Women’s Coaches’ Poll

New Mexico’s Lead Dwindles In NCAA DI Women’s Coaches’ Poll

NEW ORLEANS — Two weeks into the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country season and the defending national champion New Mexico Lady Lobos are still No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s National Coaches’ Poll.

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The biggest takeaway from the most recent poll, released Tuesday afternoon by the USTFCCCA, was that New Mexico’s lead over second-ranked Colorado and third-ranked Providence is almost nonexistent.

Last week the Lady Lobos owned nine of 12 possible first-place votes, a 10-point lead over the Buffaloes and 27-point edge over the Friars. This week those numbers dwindled to seven, three and 10, respectively.

Both Colorado and Providence stole a first-place vote from New Mexico, giving the Buffs two and the Friars three.

All three of the top-3 teams raced in the first two weeks of the regular season, but only Colorado and Providence gave an idea of how one or some of their top runners would fare.

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The Buffs opened the season at the Colorado State University Invitational along with Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming and a few other programs. Colorado looked strong as its presumed top-4 of Kailyn Benner, Erin Clark, Sage Hurta and Dani Jones ran unattached and all finished in the top-6 within one second of each other.

The Friars participated in the UNH Season Opener and rolled to a 15-point win. Sarah Collins led the way with a near 10-second win over teammates Millie Paladino and Abbey Wheeler. Catarina Rocha or Lauren Mullins didn’t run.

The Lady Lobos rested just about everybody during the Lobo Invitational two weeks ago, but we should get an idea of what they can do in two weeks at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. That’s where Joe Franklin’s juggernaut debuted its reign of terror last year.

Behind New Mexico, Colorado and Providence, it’s the same top-8 as last week: Oregon, NC State, Boise State, Stanford and Oklahoma State. The only changes to the top-10 were that Michigan State (No. 10 to No. 9) and Michigan (No. 9 to No. 10) swapped spots.

Two notable movers in this week’s poll were Virginia (No. 16 to No. 14) and BYU (No. 27 to No. 21).

The Cavaliers made it look easy at the UVA Duals with dominant victories over James Madison (18-40) and Liberty (15-50). We’ll see Virginia against better competition this weekend at the adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina.

The Cougars opened the season with a dual meet against another ranked team, Weber State. BYU rolled to a 19-40 win over the Wildcats as Erica Burk claimed victory with a time of 17:25.7 over the 5K distance. This is the highest the Cougars have been ranked this early in the season since 2010 (20th).

Expect there to be a lot more movement in the upcoming weeks as teams will look to gain valuable KOLAS points for at-large consideration to the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #1 — September 13

next poll: September 20
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR) Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 New Mexico (7) 348 Mountain (1) Mountain West Joe Franklin (10th)
2 Colorado (2) 345 Mountain (2) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (22nd)
3 Providence (3) 338 Northeast (1) Big East Ray Treacy (33rd)
4 Oregon 327 West (1) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (5th)
5 NC State 292 Southeast (1) ACC Laurie Henes (11th)
6 Boise State 287 West (2) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (4th)
7 Stanford 275 West (3) Pac-12 Elizabeth DeBole (1st)
8 Oklahoma State 271 Midwest (1) Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
9 Michigan State 254 Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Walt Drenth (13th)
10 Michigan 249 Great Lakes (2) Big Ten Mike McGuire (25th)
11 Washington 241 West (4) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (15th)
12 Arkansas 237 South Central (1) SEC Lance Harter (27th)
13 Penn State 211 Mid-Atlantic (1) Big Ten John Gondak (3rd)
14 Virginia 178 Southeast (2) ACC Todd Morgan (5th)
15 Notre Dame 177 Great Lakes (3) ACC Matt Sparks (3rd)
16 Syracuse 174 Northeast (2) ACC Chris Fox (12th)
17 Iowa State 160 Midwest (4) Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
18 Georgetown 157 Mid-Atlantic (2) Big East TBA
19 San Francisco 132 West (5) West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)
19 Mississippi State 132 South (1) SEC Houston Franks (8th)
21 BYU 116 Mountain (3) West Coast Ed Eyestone (1st)
22 Princeton 83 Mid-Atlantic (4) Ivy Brad Hunt (1st)
23 Penn 82 Mid-Atlantic (3) Ivy Steve Dolan (5th)
24 Kansas 81 Midwest (2) Big 12 Stanley Redwine (17th)
25 Weber State 63 Mountain (4) Big Sky Paul Pilkington (10th)
26 Harvard 60 Northeast (4) Ivy Jason Saretsky (11th)
26 Vanderbilt 60 South (2) SEC Steve Keith (11th)
28 Minnesota 58 Midwest (3) Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (4th)
29 Yale 46 Northeast (3) Ivy Amy Gosztyla (6th)
30 Portland 35 West (6) West Coast Ian Solof (15th)
Others Receiving Votes: California 22, Texas 22, William and Mary 19, Columbia 9, Cornell 8, Villanova 8, Wisconsin 5, Missouri 4, Tulsa 4, Rice 3, Mississippi 3, Utah 3, Rice 1, Baylor 1
Dropped out: No. 30 William and Mary
Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition 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