2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Women’s National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Despite ranking first in the final three polls of the 2016 cross country campaign, Colorado’s women’s squad placed third during the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, leaving head coach Mark Wetmore to say his women “were not positioned well” early in the race.

As of now, Wetmore’s squad could not be positioned any better.

The Colorado women received eight of 10 first-place votes for the top ranking in the nation in the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Wetmore’s team sits above defending National Champion Oregon and Michigan, both of whom received two first-place votes.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
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Colorado’s well-rounded team is led by junior Dani Jones, who finished 22nd during last year’s championships. The Buffaloes also return five other women who all finished 43rd or better in Kaitlyn Benner (26th), Mackenzie Caldwell (39th), Sage Hurta (40th), Tabor Scholl (42nd) and Makena Morley (43rd). No other team returns more than four finishers within the top-50 from a year ago, making Colorado’s roster look all the more impressive.

Should Colorado slip up again, Oregon and Michigan will be right on the Buffaloes heels. After winning its second title since 2012, the Ducks will return stellar sophomore Katie Rainsberger, who posted a 4th-place finish at nationals a year ago at 19:51.1. Along with redshirt senior Alli Cash, who finished 14th last year, Rainsberger and the Ducks could become the first time to repeat as NCAA Division I Cross Country National Champions since Villanova went back-to-back in 2009-10.

Not to be forgotten are the Wolverines of Michigan, though. While losing a talent like Erin Finn to graduation is something many programs would struggle with, Michigan is stocked with three top-50 runners from last year’s national championships. Avery Evenson wrapped up her junior season last year with an 18th-place finish in Terre Haute, Indiana.

New Mexico and Stanford round out the top-5 on the week as both teams return key pieces a year after finishing the season in the top-7. The Lobos’ Alice Wright placed 19th in Indiana last year with a time of 20:13.2 , while a pair of Cardinal underclassmen in Fiona O’Keeffe and Christina Aragon look to build on their strong freshman campaigns.

The latter half of the top-10 features NC State, Providence, Notre Dame, BYU and San Francisco, respectively. The ninth-place ranking for BYU marks the highest for the program since ranking sixth during the third week of the 2006 campaign. San Francisco’s 10th-place slot is tied for the best ranking in Dons history, matching its ranking during the fourth week of the 2013 season.

After top-10 finishes a year ago, two squads from The Great Lake State in Michigan State and Eastern Michigan sit in the top-20 at 16th and 17th, respectively. Ahead of them are Penn State (11th), Arkansas (12th), Washington (13th), Wisconsin (14th) and Missouri (15th). While all seven of these teams return strong competitors from last season, none will have as much hype heading into the 2017 campaign as Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer, who took home the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship before winning 5000 titles during the indoor and outdoor track & field campaigns, as well.

Three teams that did not qualify for the 2016 NCAA Division I National Championship have found themselves in the top-25. Boise State leads that trio with a ranking of 19th, thanks in large part to Brenna Peloquin’s sixth-place finish as an individual qualifier at the LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course last November. Allie Ostrander, the National Runner-Up in 2015 who redshirted last season, will rejoin the squad to give the Broncos a solid 1-2 punch. Minnesota (24th) and Georgetown (t-26th) also look to make a big splash this season after a relatively quiet 2016.

Louisville also made history by ranking 28th in the polls for the program’s highest ranking.

A lot will happen between now and the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 18 at Louisville’s E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Check back at www.ustfccca.org for updates throughout the season.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2017 Preseason — August 29

next poll: September 12
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR) Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Colorado (8) 355 Mountain (1) Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (23rd)
3
2 Oregon (2) 331 West (1) Pac-12 Robert Johnson (6th)
1
3 Michigan (2) 330 Great Lakes (1) Big Ten Mike McGuire (26th)
2
4 New Mexico 323 Mountain (2) Mountain West Joe Franklin (11th)
7
5 Stanford 313 West (2) Pac-12 Elizabeth DeBole (2nd)
5
6 NC State 283 Southeast (1) ACC Laurie Henes (12th)
4
7 Providence 254 Northeast (1) Big East Ray Treacy (34th)
13
8 Notre Dame 253 Great Lakes (2) ACC Alan Turner (4th)
11
9 BYU 242 Mountain (3) West Coast Diljeet Taylor (2nd)
10
10 San Francisco 237 West (3) West Coast Helen Lehman-Winters (15th)
6
11 Penn State 236 Mid-Atlantic (1) Big Ten John Gondak (4th)
18
12 Arkansas 206 South Central (1) SEC Lance Harter (28th)
19
13 Washington 199 West (4) Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (16th)
12
14 Wisconsin 192 Great Lakes (3) Big Ten Mick Byrne (4th)
14
15 Missouri 187 Midwest (1) SEC Marc Burns (4th)
16
16 Michigan State 180 Great Lakes (4) Big Ten Walt Drenth (14th)
8
17 Eastern Michigan 173 Great Lakes (5) Mid-American Sue Parks (12th)
9
18 Ole Miss 155 South (1) SEC Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
23
19 Boise State 144 West (5) Mountain West Corey Ihmels (5th)
20 Villanova 143 Mid-Atlantic (2) Big East Gina Procaccio (18th)
21
21 Oklahoma State 115 Midwest (3) Big 12 Dave Smith (9th)
17
22 Utah 114 Mountain (4) Pac-12 Kyle Kepler (13th)
20
23 Mississippi State 100 South (2) SEC Houston Franks (9th)
15
24 Minnesota 90 Midwest (2) Big Ten Sarah Hopkins (5th)
25 Harvard 56 Northeast (2) Ivy Jason Saretsky (12th)
26
26 Georgetown 53 Mid-Atlantic (3) Big East Julie Culley (2nd)
26 Iowa State 53 Midwest (4) Big 12 Andrea Grove-McDonough (5th)
29
28 Louisville 46 Southeast (2) ACC Dale Cowper (5th)
31
29 Air Force 37 Mountain (6) Mountain West Ryan Cole (4th)
25
30 Yale 35 Northeast (3) Ivy Amy Gosztyla (7th)
30
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 31, Portland 31, Utah State 22, Furman 21, UCLA 11, Vanderbilt 11, Baylor 10, Abilene Christian 2, Indiana 2, Syracuse 2, Cornell 1, Texas 1
(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking
NCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Preseason - August 29th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2016
FINAL
1 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (1)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
355
(8 fpv)
3
2 oregon OREGON
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (6th)
331
(2 fpv)
1
3 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (26th)
330
(2 fpv)
2
4 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (2)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (11th)
323 7
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Elizabeth DeBole (2nd)
313 5
6 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
Laurie Henes (12th)
283 4
7 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East
Ray Treacy (34th)
254 13
8 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC
Alan Turner (4th)
253 11
9 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
West Coast
Diljeet Taylor (2nd)
242 10
10 san-francisco SAN FRANCISCO
West Region (3)
West Coast
Helen Lehman-Winters (15th)
237 6
11 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big Ten
John Gondak (4th)
236 18
12 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Lance Harter (28th)
206 19
13 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
Pac-12
Greg Metcalf (16th)
199 12
14 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (4th)
192 14
15 missouri MISSOURI
Midwest Region (1)
SEC
Marc Burns (4th)
187 16
16 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (14th)
180 8
17 eastern-michigan EASTERN MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (5)
Mid-American
Sue Parks (12th)
173 9
18 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
155 23
19 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (5)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (5th)
144 ---
20 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East
Gina Procaccio (18th)
143 21
21 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Dave Smith (9th)
115 17
22 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Pac-12
Kyle Kepler (13th)
114 20
23 mississippi-state MISSISSIPPI STATE
South Region (2)
SEC
Houston Franks (9th)
100 15
24 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (5th)
90 ---
25 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy
Jason Saretsky (12th)
56 26
26 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Big East
Julie Culley (2nd)
53 ---
26 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (4)
Big 12
Andrea Grove-McDonough (5th)
53 29
28 louisville LOUISVILLE
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Dale Cowper (5th)
46 31
29 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (4th)
37 25
30 yale YALE
Northeast Region (3)
Ivy
Amy Gosztyla (7th)
35 30

Also Receiving Votes: Portland 31, West Virginia 31, Utah State 22, Furman 21, UCLA 11, Vanderbilt 11, Baylor 10, Syracuse 2, Abilene Christian 2, Indiana 2, Cornell 1, Texas 1

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
Tue 9/26
Week 4Mon 10/2
Tue 10/3
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
Tue 10/17
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