Conference Championship Weekend Irons Out Wrinkles In NCAA DI XC Women’s Poll

Conference Championship Weekend Irons Out Wrinkles In NCAA DI XC Women’s Poll

NEW ORLEANS — Conference Championship Weekend provided clarity to the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Stanford) 2)Stanford) 3)Stanford) 4)Stanford) 5)Stanford)
Colorado NC State Providence Washington Michigan
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What was the biggest takeaway? Colorado is crazy good.

The top-ranked Buffaloes owned eight of a possible 12 first-place votes in the Week 5 poll. After dominating the Pac-12 Championships, Colorado is still No. 1 in the Week 6 poll that was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but this time it’s unanimous.

The Buffs made quick work of a field that included six other top-30 teams, including previous No. 2 Washington. Colorado went 2-3-4 with Erin Clark, Dani Jones and Kaitlyn Benner and threw in Makena Morley (9th) for good measure. It added up to a 41-point win for the Buffs over the Huskies and 50 clear of 3rd-place Stanford.

Like Colorado, NC State, Providence, Michigan, New Mexico, Arkansas and Iowa State all looked strong at their respective conference championships and were rewarded for their efforts.

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The Wolfpack took over the No. 2 spot vacated by Washington (now No. 4) and matched their best ranking in program history. NC State ran incredibly well as a team at the ACC Championships (4-10-12-13-14) and easily trumped Notre Dame.

The Friars thwarted an upset bid from upstart Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships and moved up to No. 3. The Wildcats went 1-2, yet Providence stayed the course and its own 3-4-6-8 finish propelled the team to another conference title.

The Wolverines went back and forth with Penn State for the second consecutive year at the Big Ten Championships. This year, however, Michigan was ready with NCAA individual title favorite Erin Finn leading the way (third consecutive victory) and jumped into the top-5 for the first time this season at No. 5.

The Lady Lobos didn’t relinquish their stranglehold on the Mountain West Conference as they won yet another title. New Mexico went 1-2 with Alice Wright claiming the individual crown and moved up to No. 6.

The Razorbacks and Cyclones both moved up three spots after winning the SEC and Big 12 titles, respectively. Arkansas is No. 7 and Iowa State moved closer to the top-10, where it hasn’t been since Week 5 of last year.

Another conference champion that climbed the ladder was Harvard. The Crimson won their first Ivy League title since 1985 and improved eight spots this week to No. 18, its loftiest ranking in program history.

Speaking of making history, Air Force joins the Coaches’ Poll for the first time. The Falcons were a game second at the MWC Championships and became the first service academy to be ranked in poll history.

Other teams that impressed the coaches in losing efforts at their conference meets were Stanford (No. 11 to No. 7), Notre Dame (No. 19 to No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 27 to No. 22).

There will be one more poll this season, due to come out November 14. That will include results from the Regional Championships and will prepare everybody for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships five days later in Terre Haute, Indiana.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #6 — November 1

Next poll: Monday, November 14
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Record^ Region (CR)   Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (12) 360 52-0 (13-0) Mountain (1)   Mark Wetmore (22nd)
1
2 NC State 337 75-2 (25-2) Southeast (1)   Laurie Henes (11th)
3
3 Providence 334 70-2 (25-2) Northeast (1)   Ray Treacy (33rd)
4
4 Washington 333 52-1 (22-1) West (1)   Greg Metcalf (15th)
2
5 Michigan 308 112-7 (13-6) Great Lakes (1)   Mike McGuire (25th)
6
6 New Mexico 293 56-6 (21-6) Mountain (2)   Joe Franklin (10th)
7
7 Arkansas 268 76-4 (5-4) South Central (1)   Lance Harter (27th)
10
7 Stanford 268 50-7 (6-7) West (2)   Elizabeth DeBole (1st)
11
9 Penn State 267 68-3 (10-3) Mid-Atlantic (1)   John Gondak (3rd)
9
10 Portland 259 82-3 (13-3) West (3)   Ian Solof (15th)
8
11 Oregon 231 56-5 (10-5) West (4)   Robert Johnson (5th)
5
12 Iowa State 225 52-21 (12-13) Midwest (1)   Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)
15
13 Eastern Michigan 191 90-11 (10-10) Great Lakes (2)   Sue Parks (11th)
14
14 Mississippi 169 48-8 (6-8) South (1)   Ryan Vanhoy (4th)
16
14 Notre Dame 169 60-16 (11-16) Great Lakes (3)   Matt Sparks (3rd)
19
16 San Francisco 159 61-12 (13-11) West (5)   Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)
13
17 Oklahoma State 156 28-4 (3-3) Midwest (2)   Dave Smith (8th)
18
18 Harvard 152 29-17 (5-16) Northeast (2)   Jason Saretsky (11th)
26
18 BYU 152 43-10 (9-10) Mountain (4)   Diljeet Taylor (1st)
20
20 Utah 142 56-15 (16-15) Mountain (3)   Kyle Kepler (12th)
17
21 Villanova 138 59-18 (5-16) Mid-Atlantic (2)   Gina Procaccio (17th)
22
22 Michigan State 131 65-21 (8-19) Great Lakes (4)   Walt Drenth (13th)
27
23 Yale 81 71-11 (11-11) Northeast (3)   Amy Gosztyla (6th)
21
24 Penn 77 57-18 (6-16) Mid-Atlantic (3)   Steve Dolan (5th)
24
25 Baylor 56 64-16 (18-11) South Central (3)   Todd Harbour (17th)
12
26 Minnesota 44 67-35 (4-31) Midwest (3)   Sarah Hopkins (4th)
RV
27 California 41 53-20 (3-20) West (6)   Shayla Houlihan (1st)
25
27 West Virginia 41 58-11 (3-7) Mid-Atlantic (4)   Sean Cleary (10th)
RV
29 Air Force 38 52-20 (0-19) Mountain (5)   Ryan Cole (3rd)
RV
29 SMU 38 35-17 (1-16) South Central (2)   Cathy Casey (12th)
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Others Receiving Votes: UCLA 26, Missouri 23, William and Mary 21, Mississippi State 17, Syracuse 13, Cal Poly 9, Tulsa 4, Georgetown 3, Ohio State 3, Oklahoma 2, Cornell 1
Dropped out: No. 23 UCLA, No. 28 Boise State, No. 29 Mississippi 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
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USTFCCCA 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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

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