There’s A New No. 1 Team In The NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll

There’s A New No. 1 Team In The NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

September 27, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — Uncertainly could only rule the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for so long.

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With questions surrounding previously top-ranked New Mexico’s roster and having not seen Joe Franklin’s squad race a full lineup this season, the voting coaches removed the Lady Lobos from the No. 1 spot in the most recent poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Providence, instead, is the top dog with less than two months until the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. This marks the first time since Week 7 in 2013 that the Friars are ranked No. 1 by the coaches. Providence won the NCAA title that same year, so Ray Treacy’s team is hoping history repeats itself.

This continued a steady rise for the Friars, as they were third in the Preseason and Week 1, and then climbed to No. 2 in Week 2. Now Providence owns four of 12 possible first-place votes and takes over the top spot from the reigning national champions.

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What happened to those other eight first-place votes? We’ll tell you.

Colorado and New Mexico are now tied for second and shared the rest. The Lady Lobos hold the lion’s share at five, while the Buffaloes nabbed three.

Back to the Friars for a second, as they already brandished their power this season. A few weeks ago at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Providence dominated the field as it put all five of its runners inside the top-7 en route to a 54-point win over Dartmouth. The Friars will try to make another statement this upcoming weekend as they travel to the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

Another team that proved its mettle this season was Portland — and was rewarded in kind.

This past weekend at the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational, the Pilots won the team title over eight teams that were ranked higher than them last week (30th). Thanks to the surprise victory, Portland vaulted from the bottom of the poll into the top-10. The Pilots are now 7th, the highest billing they’ve ever received in program history (30th had been the record).

And while SMU wasn’t able to pull a Portland and win the Panorama Farms Invitational, its runner-up effort was noticed. The previously-unranked Mustangs were within shouting distance of now 15th-ranked BYU and jumped into the top-25 at No. 21 between Virginia and Penn. That ties the program’s best spot in the poll since 2010, when it was 21st as well.

SMU is one of two new teams to the poll this week as it’s joined by No. 26 Tulsa and No. 29 UCLA.

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Women’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 Providence (4) 349 11-0 (—) Northeast (1) Big East Ray Treacy (33rd)
2
2 Colorado (3) 345 — (—) Mountain (2) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (22nd)
3
2 New Mexico (5) 345 — (—) Mountain (1) Mountain West Joe Franklin (10th)
1
4 Oregon 324 8-0 (2-0) West (1) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (5th)
4
5 NC State 301 12-0 (1-0) Southeast (1) ACC Laurie Henes (11th)
5
6 Stanford 280 — (—) West (2) Pac-12 Elizabeth DeBole (1st)
7
7 Portland 270 33-8 (8-2) West (3) West Coast Ian Solof (15th)
30
8 Michigan State 269 36-1 (7-1) Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Walt Drenth (13th)
9
9 Boise State 252 30-3 (5-3) West (4) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (4th)
6
10 Arkansas 244 11-0 (—) South Central (1) SEC Lance Harter (27th)
11
11 Penn State 238 37-2 (8-2) Mid-Atlantic (1) Big Ten John Gondak (3rd)
13
12 Washington 231 5-0 (—) West (5) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (15th)
12
13 Oklahoma State 223 4-1 (—) Midwest (1) Big 12 Dave Smith (8th)
8
14 Michigan 222 31-4 (4-4) Great Lakes (2) Big Ten Mike McGuire (25th)
10
15 BYU 217 12-0 (2-0) Mountain (3) West Coast Ed Eyestone (1st)
19
16 Notre Dame 166 10-0 (—) Great Lakes (3) ACC Matt Sparks (3rd)
15
17 Syracuse 135 15-4 (1-3) Northeast (2) ACC Chris Fox (12th)
16
18 San Francisco 128 28-5 (3-5) West (6) West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)
20
19 Georgetown 120 5-1 (1-1) Mid-Atlantic (2) Big East Julie Culley (1st)
18
20 Virginia 105 15-9 (0-3) Southeast (2) ACC Todd Morgan (5th)
14
21 SMU 98 11-1 (2-1) South Central (2) American Cathy Casey (12th)
NR
22 Penn 67 2-0 (—) Mid-Atlantic (3) Ivy Steve Dolan (5th)
22
23 Iowa State 58 19-14 (0-8) Midwest (4) Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
17
24 Vanderbilt 55 21-2 (1-0) South (1) SEC Steve Keith (11th)
24
24 Mississippi State 55 44-12 (2-7) South (2) SEC Houston Franks (8th)
29
26 Tulsa 54 5-0 (1-0) Midwest (5) American Steve Gulley (15th)
RV
26 Kansas 54 — (—) Midwest (2) Big 12 Stanley Redwine (17th)
21
28 Utah 53 8-1 (1-0) Mountain (4) Pac-12 Kyle Kepler (12th)
26
29 Yale 47 10-0 (1-0) Northeast (3) Ivy Amy Gosztyla (6th)
23
29 UCLA 47 27-6 (3-6) West (7) Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 38, Minnesota 36, Harvard 33, Princeton 30, Eastern Michigan 18, Mississippi 18, Villanova 12, William and Mary 12, California 9, Texas 8, Cornell 5, Columbia 4, Dartmouth 2, Wisconsin 2, Rice 1
Dropped Out: No. 25 Minnesota, No. 27 Harvard, No. 28 Weber State
^ 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