NCAA DI Men’s Team Race Remains Wide Open As October Begins

NCAA DI Men’s Team Race Remains Wide Open As October Begins

NEW ORLEANS – With the first weekend of October – and all of the big NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country meets that come with or before it – in the rearview mirror, the stage is set for some mid-October fireworks.

And yet with essentially only the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the adidas Pre-National Invitational and the Penn State National left as major fixtures on the regular-season slate (not this coming weekend but the one after), the men’s National Coaches’ Poll has never been less clear.

National PDFs: Summary | Week-by-Week 2016 | Week-by-Week All Time
Regional Rankings: Summary | Recap

WOMEN’S NATIONAL POLL

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Oregon 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Northern Arizona Syracuse BYU Oregon Arkansas
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Northern Arizona, despite having not yet run its full scoring lineup, remained No. 1 with seven first-place votes, while four other teams ranked as low as No. 6 garnered first-place nods from the voters.

Defending national champion Syracuse held steady at No. 2 with a first-place vote.

Though BYU was idle after upsetting Cuse two weekends ago at Virginia, the Cougars moved up one spot to No. 3 with two first-place votes. The move came as Oregon slipped a spot to No. 4 after a less-than-convincing victory over Colorado State at the Washington Invitational, 26-39. Edward Cheserek got a dominant win in his 2016 debut, and could be a large reason the Ducks maintained a first-place vote of their own.

Tied at No. 5 last week, both Arkansas and Colorado were in action at home meets this past weekend. The Razorbacks, who won their home Chile Pepper Festival, got the better of the Buffaloes, who contested their Rocky Mountain Shootout, in this small rankings battle; Arkansas claimed the No.5 spot outright by just one point, though No. 6 Colorado claimed the final first-place nod.

Portland remained No. 7, while Iona made an eight-spot leap to No. 8 after a clear victory at the Paul Short Run.

Oklahoma State moved up one spot to No.9. Rounding out the top-10 was another big gainer in Mississippi. The Rebels moved up 10 spots to their highest rank in program history after a breakthrough win at the Notre Dame Invitational over a field loaded with nationally ranked teams.

Last year’s Notre Dame winner and this year’s runner-up, UTEP, also made big strides after a big weekend in South Bend. The Miners improved six spots to No. 12.

Colorado State bounced back from a disappointing Griak performance two weekends ago with a runner-up finish to Oregon at Washington, moving up eight spots to No. 21 as a result.

Returning to the poll was No. 24 Providence, while No. 28 Virginia Tech and both Illinois and Middle Tennessee in a tie at No. 29 joined the top-30 for the first time this season. In fact, Middle Tennessee’s appearance was not only the first of the year but the first in program history. The Blue Raiders have never qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team.

Not everyone was able to move up in the polls, though. No. 17 Georgetown finished a distance second to Iona at Paul Short and dropped nine spots as a result, while both No. 15 Eastern Kentucky and No. 19 Virginia both fell six spots each.

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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #4 — October 4

next poll: October 18
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record^ Region (CR) Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Northern Arizona (7) 352 3-0 (1-0) Mountain (1) Big Sky Eric Heins (10th)
1
2 Syracuse (1) 337 17-1 (2-1) Northeast (1) ACC Chris Fox (12th)
2
3 BYU (2) 327 13-0 (3-0) Mountain (2) West Coast Ed Eyestone (17th)
4
4 Oregon (1) 315 8-0 (3-0) West (2) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (5th)
3
5 Arkansas 298 16-0 (—) South Central (1) SEC Chris Bucknam (9th)
5
6 Colorado (1) 297 2-0 (—) Mountain (3) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (22nd)
5
7 Portland 296 32-1 (7-1) West (1) West Coast Rob Conner (27th)
7
8 Iona 283 26-0 (2-0) Northeast (2) Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (9th)
16
9 Oklahoma State 252 5-0 (1-0) Midwest (1) Big 12 Dave Smith (11th)
10
10 Mississippi 248 24-0 (4-0) South (1) SEC Ryan Vanhoy (4th)
20
11 Stanford 231 12-8 (0-3) West (4) Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (5th)
11
12 UTEP 213 23-1 (3-1) Mountain (4) Conference USA Paul Ereng (14th)
18
13 Indiana 198 7-0 (—) Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Ron Helmer (10th)
14
14 Iowa State 187 27-1 (6-1) Midwest (2) Big 12 Martin Smith (4th)
15
15 Eastern Kentucky 186 24-2 (3-2) Southeast (1) Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (38th)
9
16 Wisconsin 174 — (—) Great Lakes (2) Big Ten Mick Byrne (9th)
12
17 Georgetown 172 25-1 (1-1) Mid-Atlantic (1) Big East Brandon Bonsey (1st)
8
18 Boise State 171 26-2 (5-2) West (3) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (4th)
17
19 Virginia 165 11-2 (1-2) Southeast (2) ACC Peter Watson (5th)
13
20 Michigan 127 27-4 (4-4) Great Lakes (3) Big Ten Kevin Sullivan (3rd)
19
21 Colorado State 118 26-7 (2-7) Mountain (5) Mountain West Art Siemers (5th)
29
22 Michigan State 94 28-4 (3-4) Great Lakes (4) Big Ten Walt Drenth (13th)
22
23 Washington 78 6-3 (0-2) West (6) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (15th)
21
24 Providence 72 32-4 (1-3) Northeast (3) Big East Ray Treacy (33rd)
RV
25 Penn 62 24-2 (0-2) Mid-Atlantic (2) Ivy Steve Dolan (5th)
26
26 Tulsa 55 4-1 (0-1) Midwest (3) American Steve Gulley (15th)
28
27 UCLA 54 23-5 (2-5) West (5) Pac-12 Mike Maynard (8th)
27
28 Virginia Tech 47 26-0 (1-0) Southeast (3) ACC Ben Thomas (16th)
RV
29 Middle Tennessee 37 39-1 (0-1) South (2) Conference USA Dean Hayes (53rd)
RV
29 Illinois 37 40-14 (0-12) Midwest (5) Big Ten Jake Stewart (5th)
RV
 
Others Receiving Votes: Washington State 35, Southern Utah 22, NC State 10, Louisville 7, Villanova 6, Columbia 5, Texas 3, Minnesota 3, Princeton 3, California 2, Dartmouth 2
 
Dropped out: No. 23 NC State, No. 24 Washington State, No. 25 Columbia, No. 30 Texas, No. 30 Florida State
 
^ 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
NCAA Division I
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2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
Tue 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time